Kelly Nicholson is the firm's Privacy Officer and Chair of the Calgary Labour + Employment Group. He advises private and public-sector clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employee recruitment, discipline and termination, wrongful dismissal claims, privacy matters, human rights complaints, disability and insurance issues, interpretation and enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, contract negotiation, policy development, benefit and incentive plan management, executive compensation, collective agreement interpretation and arbitration, and alcohol and drug testing. Kelly also regularly advises police services and other law-enforcement agencies throughout the province on various matters including policy development and implementation, public complaints, internal investigations, police discipline and termination, collective agreement negotiation, and grievance arbitrations.
Kelly has represented clients before a wide range of adjudicative bodies in Canada, including labour and employment arbitration panels, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Board of Reference, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Kelly is a veteran speaker at legal conferences and seminars, and he makes frequent presentations to clients, lawyers, and the public on privacy, policing, education, and employment law matters. He also regularly contributes articles to a variety of publications in the areas of privacy, employment, education law, and human resources.
Kelly clerked for the Chief Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal before being recruited by a national law firm, where he garnered valuable experience in commercial litigation matters.
Outside the Office
Kelly is an avid runner and climber in his spare time.
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of Alberta
Law Society of Saskatchewan
Employment + Labour (Alberta)
Chambers and Partners
2021 - 2022
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2020 - 2022
Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police