Barbara Boeckx
Barbara Boeckx
Practice Group Leader
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Barbara Boeckx is an experienced civil litigation lawyer focused on advising and defending insurers, insured parties and others involved in high-exposure injury and catastrophic damage claims in the trial and appeals courts of Alberta. More recently, Barbara has expanded her focus to include risk management in the area of emerging technologies and in particular, cyber security. As a senior litigator, Barbara represents clients from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and elsewhere in Canada in complex disputes as well as US-based entities with a presence in Canada.

Insurers seek Barbara's help with difficult claims in the areas of automobile, home, personal injury claims, commercial general liability, director's and officer's liability and professional liability, including defence of insureds, pursuit of subrogated claims, coverage opinions and defence of coverage actions. In addition, she handles litigation that arises in other contexts, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents and transportation
  • Occupiers' liability
  • Healthcare and health organizations, including the fatality inquiry process
  • Fires losses
  • Employment relations
  • Defamation
  • Professional services
  • Municipality and schools liability, and
  • Manufacturing or design defects.

Barbara has represented clients based in the energy industry in general litigation matters between Owner/Operators and oilfield service companies. These matters include commercial tort and contract disputes, and Barbara’s experience has grown to include significantly complex files which are further complicated by side issues, such as underlying tort claims. "My experience handling these kinds of difficult disputes has given me a practical sense about cases, not just theoretical. I've developed a predictive sense about where the other side might go with their strategy.”

She has appeared before all levels of Court of Alberta and before administrative tribunals and has extensive experience in various forms of alternate dispute resolution, including both private mediation and judicial dispute resolution. Barbara has participated as a speaker for various insurance and risk management seminars on behalf of and for clients and has appeared as a guest speaker for the Insurance Institute and at medical forums.

Value to Clients

Throughout her practice Barbara has placed a priority on understanding the needs of her clients as well as the challenges that they face in their business. She finds that this additional perspective enables her to represent the strongest possible position for her client in a case. "Being a good, interactive listener goes with that, so that I capture the information that is spoken and explore for the information that is unspoken." Barbara excels at complex cases where she has to disseminate large amounts of file content and then reassemble the pieces of the puzzle into a sound litigation strategy.

Outside the Office

In her spare time Barbara loves travelling and tending to her garden. She is also very active in supporting the artistic and athletic pursuits of her daughters. 

Canadian Bar Association
1992 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
1992 - Present
Calgary Bar Association
1992 - Present
Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta
Vice President
2022 - Present
Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club
Awards Chairperson
2013 - Present
John Costello Elementary School
School Council
2009 - Present
Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club
Past President
2020 - 2021
Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club
2016 - 2020
Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta
South Zone Representative
2017 - 2021
Child Enrichment Centre
Past Chair
2008 - 2009
Child Enrichment Centre
2007 - 2008
Child Enrichment Centre
Vice Chair
2004 - 2007
Child Enrichment Centre
Board of Directors
2003 - 2004
Muttart Public Art Gallery
Vice President
1996 - 1997
Muttart Public Art Gallery
Board of Directors
1993 - 1997
Knibb v The Carstairs Battle Cats, 2014 ABCA 303
Knibb v Foran, 2013 ABQB 754
Stirling v. Mangembulude, 2000 CanLII 28250 (AB KB)
Pettipas v. Klingbeil, 2000 ABQB 988
University of Saskatchewan, 1992, Bachelor of Laws
University of Calgary, 1989, Bachelor of Arts