Kelly Nicholson is a Calgary-based lawyer representing Alberta clients facing contentious disputes involving labour, employment, human rights, privacy issues and regulatory compliance, often in the health care, energy, education and law enforcement sectors. While he has earned a respected, national reputation in managementside labour relations and employment law, clients also seek Kelly's practical, common-sense help in police law, having served for many years as general counsel to the Chief of Police for Calgary and as counsel to the Calgary Police Commission, Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police and the Blood Tribe Police Service.
"Our job is to make problems go away. My aim is to bring about cost effective and collaborative resolutions. After nearly 20 years, I quickly grasp the practical realities of disputes and avoid unnecessary adversarial posturing. There aren't many issues I haven't seen."
"I anticipate a growing need by teachers, health care providers and law enforcement professionals for legal counsel involving safety, security and preservation of rights," Kelly explained. "This is especially the case in post-secondary higher education settings, where campus administrators often wrestle with threat assessment, sexual assault, suspicious activities, privacy rights and other thorny issues. The same is true in hospital and other provider settings, where managers continually seek policy advice regarding the treatment of personal patient information."
Kelly joined Field Law in 2007. He has represented clients before the Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and Law Enforcement Review Board and has appeared before numerous arbitration boards, Boards of Reference and human rights panels. He is an active member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of Saskatchewan.
Outside of Work
Kelly is an avid runner. "I also like to write long fiction and poetry."