Karen Tereposky
Karen Tereposky
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Karen Tereposky is a Calgary-based lawyer in Field Law’s Calgary office serving clients throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Clients come to Karen with a range of issues in the fields of labour and employment law, as well as seeking counsel for bankruptcy, insolvency, and general litigation. Karen’s clients are broadly representative of the province’s various industries, including energy and natural resources and public sector institutions, and include small, medium and large-sized businesses, employers and employees functioning in unionized and non-unionized environments, large commercial lenders, and other entities within the sphere of labour and employment law. She also has experience with family law.

Karen has appeared at multiple levels of court in Alberta and Saskatchewan, making her comfortable and confident in a variety of legal settings. 

Clients rely on Karen to guide them through a variety of complex, high-stakes legal issues, including:

  • Counsel throughout contentious labour and employment issues, including executive departures and wrongful dismissal claims 
  • Review of exit and severance packages on behalf of terminated employees or those who have been laid off 
  • Support during bankruptcies and large-scale employer restructurings, including layoffs
  • Acting on behalf of trustees during bankruptcy filings

Value to Clients

Karen’s style of counsel and advising is practical and business focused, while still maintaining a calm approachability that puts clients at ease. She is acutely aware of the financial concerns and motivations of her clients, and acts accordingly. Her familiarity with the process of labour and employment disputes and typical outcomes allows her to manage client expectations while striving to secure an equitable resolution to an issue. When working on bankruptcy files, Karen’s ability to take into account and manage client concerns throughout what is often a contentious process, make her a trusted advisor and invaluable resource. 

Outside of Work

Karen’s family keeps her on the go when she isn’t in the office. You can find her coaching soccer with one of her three children, or keeping herself busy by staying fit and active. Karen enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding and running.

Law Society of Alberta
2000 - Present
Morton v Calgary Police Service, 2018 ABQB 532
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2017 ABCA 95
Freyberg v. Fletcher Challenge Oil & Gas Inc., 2002 ABQB 692, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
National Bank of Canada v. Merit Energy Ltd., 2001 ABQB 680, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
May 2019
Human Rights Tribunal Renders Landmark Costs Award Against Complainant
Workwise Newsletter
In Facey v Bantrel Management Services Co., 2019 AHRC 4 the Alberta Human rights Tribunal made a watershed costs award against a complainant. Tribunal Chair Langlois-Klassen acknowledged in her decision that costs should only be awarded against a compl...
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
The Field Law Labour and Employment Group presents the annual Year in Review seminars in Calgary and Edmonton. Join us for legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups in the areas of:  Part 1: Human Rights ...
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law...
May 2018
Skip the Investigation and Risk Punitive Damages
In recent cases such as Smith v Vauxhall Co-Op Petroleum Limited, 2017 ABQB 525 and Garnett v Alberta Motor Association, 2017 ABPC 267, Alberta courts have cautioned employers about the importance of properly investigating complaints of impropriet...
June 2017
Certain Earnings During Notice Period Not Considered Mitigation
On May 23, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the case of Brake v. PJ-M2R Restaurant Inc. 2016 ONSC 1795, 2017 ONCA 402, endorsing the lower court’s finding that certain earnings during the n...
March 2017
Labour and Employment Year in Review 2016
March 2016
Dependent Contractors Awarded 26 Months' Reasonable Notice
Dependent contractors are becoming an increasing portion of the working population, and an Ontario court recently confirmed that protections available to them are at the top end of the scale.In the case of Keenan v. Canac Kitchens, 2015 ...
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
November 2014
Reinstatement Available as a Remedy Nearly Ten Years After Last Day Worked
Although reinstatement in the Human Rights context is considered a unique and uncommon remedy, the Ontario Divisional Court recently refused an application for judicial review of a decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal...
November 2002
Transfer of Directors' Liabilities Through Unanimous Shareholders' Agreements: How Effective Is It?
University of Saskatchewan, 1999, Bachelor of Law, With Great Distinction
University of Saskatchewan, 1996, Bachelor of Arts, With Honours