Austin Ward
Austin Ward
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Austin Ward is a Calgary-based lawyer whose practice focuses on labour and employment law, intellectual property litigation, 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 to mid-sized corporations on a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Employment and severance agreements
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Workplace human rights complaints
  • Patent, trademark, and copyright disputes
  • Internet-based disputes, including defamation cases and obtaining Norwich Orders to identify otherwise anonymous wrongdoers
  • General contractual disputes and tort claims

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 and distilleries, he enjoys travelling, exploring the Rocky Mountains, and jamming with his law school band.

November 2020 - 3 min read
Largest Costs Award in Alberta Human Rights History Upheld on Appeal
In Facey v Bantrel Management Services Co., 2020 ABQB 719 Rob Rakochey and Austin Ward successfully defeated an appeal of a watershed costs award granted against a complainant in a human rights case.  The respondent to the appe...
October 7, 2020
Cocktails + Counsel: Workplace Accommodation in the COVID Era
Q+A Session
Join Field Law for the second installment of a complimentary new webinar series that brings you together (virtually) with a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues. Your questions guide the discussion, and we provide our legal pers...
July 23, 2020
Coffee + Counsel: Mitigating Risk as Employees Return to Work
Q+A Session
Field Law presents a new series that brings together you and a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues. Your questions guide the discussion, and we provide our legal perspectives. As businesses open up again, and employees retur...
June 2019
Alberta Human Rights Tribunal Renders Landmark Costs Award Against Complainant
Canadian Employment Law Today
May 2019
Human Rights Tribunal Renders Landmark Costs Award Against Complainant
Workwise Newsletter
In Facey v Bantrel Management Services Co., 2019 AHRC 4 the Alberta Human rights Tribunal made a watershed costs award against a complainant. Tribunal Chair Langlois-Klassen acknowledged in her decision that costs should only be awarded against a compl...
May 2019
Heads Up: Labour + Employment Laws Are Changing Again
On Monday May 27, the UCP-led Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business. Bill 2 passed its first reading and is aimed at reversing some of the legislative changes made by the NDP during its time in government. If...
University of Calgary, 2018, Juris Doctor
University of British Columbia, 2014, Bachelor of Science