Erika Carrasco
Erika Carrasco
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Erika Carrasco leads the Emerging Technology team at Field Law. As a litigator with experience in the insurance, construction, energy and emerging technology sectors, Erika has achieved success for her clients at all levels of Court in Alberta. Erika has a wealth of experience providing advice and solutions to her clients relating to corporate commercial matters, builders’ liens, property and commercial general liability, product liability, wrap-up, builders’ risk and motor vehicle claims.

Erika's practice includes providing risk management advice to her clients to help them minimize the likelihood of future disputes that disrupt their business operations. More recently, she has focused a significant part of her practice on helping clients navigate the dynamic legal, business and insurance landscape of emerging technologies and risks, including drones, autonomous vehicles, and among other areas.

Erika is one of few lawyers in Canada with litigation experience in Drone Law. In 2017, she was counsel in one of the first convictions and appeals in Canada under the Canadian Aviation Regulations. A seasoned speaker at insurance, construction and technology events, Erika has been asked to present to the media and on panels provincially, nationally and in the US.

Value to Clients

Erika takes a proactive approach to helping clients overcome legal challenges, both in litigation and in developing risk management strategies to avoid the courtroom altogether. Clients appreciate her willingness to learn about every aspect of their businesses and her focus on developing the ideal practical solution for resolving a dispute or preventing future losses. This approach enables Erika to gain a full understanding of their goals and concerns, identify complex problems.

Outside the Office

Erika spends as much of her free time as possible traveling to destinations around the world where she can surf and scuba dive. A busy parent with four children, she is committed to serving her profession and the community and is a long standing volunteer for the Canadian Bar Association, University of Calgary Student Legal Assistance, Pro Bono Law Alberta, and Calgary Legal Guidance. 

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (South)
Treasurer
2009-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
2005-Present
Calgary Bar Association
Member
2005-Present
Association of Women Lawyers
Member
2005-Present
Canadian Bar Association
National CEO Selection Committee
2016
Canadian Bar Association, National Young Lawyers Section
Chair
2015 - 2016
Canadian Bar Association, National Young Lawyers Section
Executive Member
2015 - 2016
Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section (South)
Member
"Future Star"
Benchmark Canada
2018 - 2019
"Lawyer to Watch" Litigation - Commercial Insurance
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2018 - 2019
University of Calgary Student Legal Assistance
Volunteer
2003 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
Volunteer, Legal Expo Conference
2007 - 2007
Calgary Drop-In Centre Legal Aid
Volunteer
2004 - 2005
May + June 2019
Drone Workshop: Updates on Canada's Drone Regulations
Seminars
Canada's Latest Drone Regulations - Are You Ready to Fly?The Field Law Emerging Technology Group invites you to take to the sky with your drone, but before you do, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the regulation, risks and responsibili...
May 2019
New Canadian Drone Regulations
Effective June 1, 2019, Transport Canada has new rules for flying drones in Canada. These new regulations hope to enhance predictability for businesses and  improve the safety from drone operations relating to aviation and the Canadian public. ...
March 18, 2019
Tech support: law firms lining up to take advantage of tech boom
Canadian Lawyer Mag
Erika Carrasco discusses how the law surrounding drones offers a typical example of the challenges of working in a fast-developing area.
February 14, 2019
The Type of Claims that may Arise from Legalization of Cannabis Edibles
Canadian Underwriter
Erika Carrasco speaks to Canadian Underwriter about cannabis coverage issues.
January 23, 2019
Impact of Cannabis on the Insurance Industry
Seminars
With the legalization of recreational cannabis and regulations for edibles soon to come, Field Law's Cannabis Group has the knowledge and experience to help clients, including those in the insurance industry, understand how cannabis laws impact the...
January 10, 2019
New Canadian Drone Regulations
Ted Henley, CityNews
(3:54) Erika Carrasco discusses the new rules for flying drones in Canada that come into effect on June 1, 2019.
January 10, 2019
Will new rules for drone flights in Canada make our skies safer?
Judy Aldous, CBC News
Transport Canada published new rules for flying drones in Canada that come into effect on June 1, 2019. Erika Carrasco discusses these new rules and answers questions on Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous.
January 9, 2019
New Canadian Drone Regulations
On January 9, 2019, Transport Canada published new rules for flying drones in Canada to enhance predictability for businesses, improve the security of aviation and ensure our airspace is safe for everyone. The new regulations distinguish between b...
November 9, 2018
A. Danielle Bourgeois Receives Rising Stars Recognition
CALGARY – Field Law is pleased to announce that a member of our Edmonton team, A. Danielle Bourgeois was recognized at the Lexpert® Rising Stars Awards on November 8, 2018 in Toronto. “I’m truly humbled as there are countless...
November 8, 2018
A. Danielle Bourgeois Receives a Lexpert Rising Stars Award
Field Law is proud to announce that a member of our Edmonton team, A. Danielle Bourgeois, received a Lexpert® Rising Stars Award on November 8, 2018. Erika Carrasco from our Calgary team was also a finalist for this esteemed honour.The Award r...
October 17 + 18, 2018
Cybersecurity Roundtable: Risks + What to Do
Roundtable
In our previous workshop, “Cybersecurity for Canadian Organizations”, we presented an overview of cybersecurity risks and obligations, as well as what should be done to prevent or mitigate risks and how to respond to cyber incidents. Buildi...
May 29, 2018
New Drone Regulations are Coming to Canada – Are You Ready for the Changes?
Seminars
Canadian Bar Association
Join Erika Carrasco to explore new drone regulations coming to Canada. Specific topics of the session will include:  What are the current Regulations in Canada and how and why are they changing?  What will this mean for lawyers n...
Winter 2018
Cybersecurity for Canadian Organizations
Risks + What to Do
Digital technologies offer many benefits, but they also expose their users to an increasing range of threats with the potential not only to cripple or destroy an organization’s digital assets and data, but also to cause huge financial losses. It ...
February 2018
2018 Blockchain IoT & Machine Learning
Client Events
Oil & Gas Canada
How to Manage the Legal Risk of Emerging Technologies and IoT and Reap the Benefit
January 2018
Drones 101
Calgary lawyer says laws confusing but clarity is on the horizon
January 2018
Could new technology keep drones from spying on you?
Vanessa Hvratin, National Post
Erika Carrasco offers perspective on the current challenges facing the drone industry, and how new technology and privacy laws could impact future drone legislation.
December 2017
Case Summary: R v Shah
Defence + Indemnity
A. After the first reported decision on drones in Canada, the drone operator was found guilty of flying his drone "in a manner hazardous or likely hazardous to aviation safety" under section 602.45 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations as it t...
November 2017
Legally Using Drones in Construction - How to Maximize Profit while Minimizing Risk
Presentations
BUILDEX Calgary
November 2017
Legal eagle to explain how to soar like a drone properly
Peter Caulfield, Journal of Commerce
Ahead of Calgary Buildex 2017, Erika Carrasco provides background on her presentation on safe, legal use of drones: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a Drone! Legal Know-how for Successful Use and Operation of UAVs on Construction and Comm...
September 2017
Autonomous Vehicle Law: The Current Legal Landscape
Presentations
The National Public Sector Lawyers Forum
September 2017
The Next Industrial Revolution: How IoT Will Change the Way People Live, Work & Play
Presentations
SCG Legal Annual Meeting
June 2017
First Calgarian convicted for flying drone wins new trial after appeal
Shawn Logan, Calgary Herald
Erika Carrasco grants insight into the complexities of UAV Regulations in Canada, and her involvement as counsel in the appeal of the first person in Calgary charged under those Regulations.
June 2017
Cyber Liability and Privacy
Seminars
April 2017
Taking Off: Drone Law in Canada
Seminars
What You Need to Know to (Legally) Operate a Drone   Did you know that people operating drones are considered pilots of aircraft? Or that the Canadian drone market is estimated to be worth between $100-$260 million by 2024? How about the fac...
October 2016
Civil Litigation in Alberta - Surprises, Secrets and Strategies
Presentations
October 2016
Drone Regulations and the Evolving Legal Implications
October 2016
Drones
September 2016
States' Response to Evolving Drone Issues
September 2016
5C - The Rise of the Drones - Liability and Insurance Implications

In addition, Erika's experience includes:

  • Successfully arguing an appeal of the first convictions pursuant to the federal regulations governing drones. The reported decision will have an impact across Canada as this new area of law grows and develops

  • Representing a client in a lawsuit alleging product defect liability against multiple parties along the supply chain, negotiating dismissal and indemnification of a national supplier of commercial plumbing and sewage piping products

  • Conducting a comprehensive risk management audit, developing standard owner and subcontractor agreements and helping streamline overall business processes for a leading landscaping and snow removal company

New Canadian Drone Regulations
Ted Henley, CityNews
(3:54) Erika Carrasco discusses the new rules for flying drones in Canada that come into effect on June 1, 2019.

Will new rules for drone flights in Canada make our skies safer?
Judy Aldous, CBC News
Transport Canada published new rules for flying drones in Canada that come into effect on June 1, 2019. Erika Carrasco discusses these new rules and answers questions on Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous.

Could new technology keep drones from spying on you?
Vanessa Hvratin, National Post
Erika Carrasco offers perspective on the current challenges facing the drone industry, and how new technology and privacy laws could impact future drone legislation.

Legal eagle to explain how to soar like a drone properly
Peter Caulfield, Journal of Commerce
Ahead of Calgary Buildex 2017, Erika Carrasco provides background on her presentation on safe, legal use of drones: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a Drone! Legal Know-how for Successful Use and Operation of UAVs on Construction and Commercial Real Estate.

First Calgarian convicted for flying drone wins new trial after appeal
Shawn Logan, Calgary Herald
Erika Carrasco grants insight into the complexities of UAV Regulations in Canada, and her involvement as counsel in the appeal of the first person in Calgary charged under those Regulations.

Education
University of Calgary, 2006, Bachelor of Laws
McGill University, 2001, Bachelor of Commerce
Admissions
Alberta,2007
Languages
French