Erika Carrasco
Erika Carrasco
Partner
Overview
Experience
Professional
Community
News + Views + Events
Notable Work
Media

Erika Carrasco is a litigator with experience in the insurance, construction, energy and emerging technology sectors. She has a wealth of experience providing advice and solutions to her clients relating to contractual disputes, builders’ liens, and property, commercial general liability, product liability, wrap-up, builders’ risk and motor vehicle claims. Erika has achieved success for her clients at all levels of Court in Alberta.

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, including drones, autonomous vehicles, cyber security and other developing technologies.

Erika's interest in new technology led to her establishing and leading the firm's Emerging Technology group with a current focus on UAV (drone) law, driverless vehicles and cyber liability. 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 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 of Work

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
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
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
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
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 ...
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/May 2017
Taking Off: Drone Law in Canada
Seminars
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

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