Austin Ward is a Calgary-based lawyer whose practice focuses on intellectual property matters, labour and employment law, and general dispute resolution. He has experience representing clients in all levels of Court in Alberta and in the Federal Court of Canada. Austin prides himself on being an effective negotiator and shrewd advocate for his clients – both inside and outside the courtroom.
Austin advises individuals and small start-up businesses to large corporations on a wide variety of issues, including:
- Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights
- Patent, trademark, and copyright disputes
- Obtaining and resisting applications for urgent injunctive relief
- Entertainment law issues
- Internet-based disputes, including defamation cases and obtaining Norwich Orders to identify anonymous wrongdoers
- Employee discipline and termination
- Workplace human rights complaints
Austin’s client-focused practice is centered on his communication and problem-solving skills. Where possible, Austin prefers a collaborative approach to dispute resolution so that he can determine the most practical and cost-effective solution for his clients.
Value to Clients
“I view the practice of law as the ultimate service industry. Getting to know my clients and their businesses personally helps me understand their goals and priorities so that I can provide the best advice possible. I prefer phone calls to emails and like to meet in person whenever possible.”
Outside the Office
When Austin isn’t checking out a new restaurant or sampling one of Calgary’s many craft breweries, he enjoys travelling and exploring the west coast and Rocky Mountains with his partner and golden retriever, Yuki.
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
2022 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Intellectual Property & Technology (South)
Executive Committee Member
2020 - Present
Labour + Employment Law
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada™