Chelsey Bailey
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Chelsey Bailey is a civil litigator with nearly 20 years of experience representing Alberta-based clients, with a focus on health law, medical malpractice / negligence defence and professional regulation. Her clients include nurses, physicians, pharmacists, speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists, police officers and accountants in professional negligence actions, and numerous professional regulatory organizations in disciplinary proceedings, reviews, appeals and investigations by the Office of the Alberta Ombudsman. 

In her medical negligence defense practice, Chelsey represents health authorities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care and public health care staff in civil actions and in provincial fatality inquiries. Chelsey was one of the team of health care lawyers at Field Law who represented Alberta Health Services at the 2012/2013 Provincial Public Inquiry into Preferential Access to Health Services. 

Professional Colleges, including many health-related professional regulatory bodies, seek Chelsey's help with a broad range of matters, such as disciplinary proceedings, investigations, scope of practice opinions, registration, licensing, continuing competence, substantial equivalency assessments and by-law and policy development.

Chelsey appears before all levels of Court in Alberta and various administrative tribunals, including the Health Disciplines Board, the Public Health Appeals Board and the Law Enforcement Review Board. 

In 2016, Chelsey was selected by her peers in the field of Medical Negligence and is listed in Lexpert, a guide to leading lawyers in Canada. Chelsey joined Field Law in 2007 after practicing for seven years at a national firm, where she focused on malpractice and professional negligence defence.

Value to Clients

Chelsey is known for her confident directness, pragmatism, strong technical knowledge of her subject area and her ability to deal with experts in converting the technical to the legal. She empathizes with the professionals she defends in malpractice claims and both the regulators and those she prosecutes in professional disciplinary proceedings. Chelsey makes every effort to ensure her clients feel fully prepared and supported as they move through the legal process, understanding that it is foreign to most, and can be very intimidating to the uninitiated.

Outside the Office

Chelsey, her husband, their young daughter and their dog Burt enjoy spending as much time as possible at their favourite destination – Wabamun Lake.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North)
Executive
2016 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North)
Member
2012 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Health Law Section (North)
Member
2015 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Health Law Section (North)
Executive
2006-2015
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Executive
2006-2007
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Law Conference Committee
Member
2005-2005
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
Edmonton Bar Association
Member
Law Society of Alberta
Member
"Repeatedly Recommended" Medical Negligence - Represents Defendants
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
2016-2017
Sustainable Food Edmonton
Board of Directors
2012 - 2015
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
2007 - 2010
Rapid Fire Theatre
Board of Directors
2004 - 2007
Edmonton Police Service Citizen's Policy Academy
Alumni
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Volunteer
2016 - Present
Lum v Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel), 2015 ABQB 12, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Home Exchange (Alberta) Ltd. v. Goodyear Canada Inc., 2007 ABQB 371, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Johnston v. Alberta (Director of Vital Statistics, 2007 ABQB 597, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Ernst & Young Inc. v. Central Guaranty Trust Co., 2006 ABCA 337, Alberta Court of Appeal
R.K.P. v. Borkent, 2005 ABQB 42, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Re 477470 Alberta Ltd. (Bankrupt), 2005 ABQB 430, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Education
University of British Columbia, 1999, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1995, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,2000