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Queen's Counsel Appointments

Field Law congratulates Derek Cranna, J. Mark Jackson, Christine Pratt, and Sharon Stefanyk on their appointment as Queen’s Counsel.

Congratulations to Derek Cranna, Mark Jackson, Christine Pratt, and Sharon Stefanyk, who have received the honour of Queen's Counsel. The Queen's Counsel designation recognizes the excellent skill and expertise exhibited by lawyers and the contributions they have made to the profession and in their communities.

The criteria considered by the selection committee include a high level of competence as a practitioner, the respect of fellow lawyers, contributions to the administration of justice such as commitment to access to justice, contributions to the community, and contributions to the legal profession.

Derek, Mark, Christine and Sharon all embody the Firm's commitment to providing outstanding legal support and are committed to giving back to the community.

Derek Cranna has a practice focused on professional discipline, human rights claims and labour relations. He has frequently acted for municipal police services, professional regulatory bodies, and post-secondary institutions in complex matters before tribunals and the Courts. Outside the office, Derek has devoted time to helping Albertans navigate their journey through the justice system. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid Alberta from 2011 – 2017, and served as the Chair of the Board from 2013 - 2015. Derek is currently the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors. 

J. Mark Jackson is a civil litigation lawyer focused on health law. He is experienced in a broad range of healthcare-related issues on behalf of public and private sector clients in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A large part of Mark's practice is dedicated to representing hospitals and hospital staff that are facing complex medical malpractice claims.  Mark also works with medical administrative leaders who are tasked with implementing and directing processes under Medical Staff Bylaws.  Finally, Mark routinely appears before legislative/administrative tribunals to represent the interest of health care clients.

Christine Pratt has a broad practice that includes insurance defence, personal injury, builders’ liens, construction law, and administrative law work for public and fatality inquiries involving Alberta correctional and law enforcement bodies. Christine is significantly invested in pro bono services, and has been involved with Edmonton Community Legal Centre for 20 years. Christine is also the head of the Firm’s pro bono project, Pathways to Housing.

Sharon Stefanyk handles complex civil disputes in the courts of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, focusing on insurance claims involving construction litigation, fire losses, product liability, large subrogated property claims and personal injury cases. Sharon is also a devoted supporter of the Alberta Diabetes Foundation and founded an annual golf tournament, which has raised over $250,000, contributing to life-changing diabetes research.

Congratulations to Derek, Mark, Christine and Sharon on their appointments!