Dana Adams
Dana Adams
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Dana Adams is an Edmonton-based lawyer whose practice focuses on labour and employment law, where she primarily helps employers manage their operations and assists in defending grievances, human rights complaints and in dealing with other disputes with unions and employees. Her work also includes administrative health law where she focusses primarily on hospital privileging issues. Dana has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal as well as the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

Dana’s clients rely on her for real-time, practical advice around employee issues including performance issues, terminations, sick leaves and accommodation. In her labour and employment practice in particular, she helps clients navigate complex issues including:

  • Constructive dismissal
  • Wrongful dismissal
  • Severance packages
  • Disability and accommodation disputes
  • Employment termination
  • Employment contracts
  • Human rights and discrimination

Clients based in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, appreciate Dana’s approachability and friendliness - beneficial characteristics when dealing with what can be heated issues. She also strives to provide clients with advice that accounts for the big picture while still helping find a solution to their immediate problem.

Value to Clients

"It’s important I address the current issue effectively, but also see other potential issues that could arise down the road and then connect those dots. To do this, I need to understand the current context but also stay on top of the other things in play (like policies or related issues) so I can help my clients avoid additional problems in the future."

Outside the Office

Life outside of work is busy with her two young daughters. When Dana’s not with her girls or at work she tries to find time for running and other outdoor activities.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Health Law
Member
2011 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Junior Lawyers Section
Member
2011 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law
Member
2011 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
2011 - Present
Listed Lawyer
Best Lawyers
2016
Free Footie Soccer Society
Secretary
2012 - Present
Lidkea v. Edmonton Public School Board, 2016 AHRC 20, Alberta Human Rights Tribunal
Lum v. Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel), 2016 ABCA 154, Alberta Court of Appeal
Edmonton Police Association v. Edmonton Police Service, 2016 CanLII 11571 (AB LRB), Alberta Labour Relations Board
Edmonton School District No 7 v. Dorval, 2016 ABCA 8, Alberta Court of Appeal
Al-Ghamdi v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABQB 469, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lee v. Boyd, 2015 ABQB 426, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta College of Physical Therapists v Fitzpatrick, 2015 ABCA 95, Alberta Court of Appeal

Working with employers to find union support

  • A large Alberta employer, with a security sensitive business and a unionized workforce, wanted to bring in a new screening policy for employees. Dana helped the employer navigate the complex privacy issues that come with this type of screening, by addressing the potential implications arising from the rights and obligations already bargained in the collective agreement. By doing a thorough analysis of the parties’ legal rights and obligations, Dana put the employer on a path to a new policy that could potentially get union support, resulting in fewer potential challenges in the future (and fewer potentially successful challenges) while still addressing the employer’s security concerns.

Helping employers through employee performance issues

  • An Alberta organization was dealing with an employee who had serious performance issues that likely warranted termination, but who then went on stress leave prior to dismissal. The organization turned to Dana to help it navigate the complex employment and human rights issues involved when considering whether an employee can be terminated when they have alleged they have a disability that requires accommodation. Dana helped the organization assess the adequacy of the medical information received from the employee, come up with and implement a plan to obtain the information required to determine next steps, and ultimately take the appropriate steps to deal with the situation with minimal legal risk to the organization.
Education
University of Alberta, 2010, Bachelor of Laws
Carleton University, 2005, Bachelor of Arts (English)
Carleton University, 2005, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)
Admissions
Alberta,2011
Northwest Territories,2013