Leah McDaniel is an Edmonton-based lawyer focused on professional regulatory, civil litigation and labour and employment law.
Regulatory colleges and associations look to Leah for practical advice on issues around continuing compliance, registration and discipline, and in defending lawsuits brought against them. In her labour and employment practice, she helps employees and employers deal with matters that include terminations and severance, human rights issues, performance concerns, labour relations, corporate policy and contract disputes. In her civil litigation practice, Leah offers strategic counsel around a wide variety of civil disputes.
She has appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta, and several administrative tribunals. She clerked for the Alberta Court of Appeal before joining Field Law. Upon graduating from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2013, Leah was awarded the Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law and the Alberta Premier's Medal, for achieving the highest academic standing in both the Faculty of Law and all professional faculties at the University.
Leah has a strong intellectual curiosity that serves her clients well. It allows her to approach each issue analytically. Leah believes it is her job to ensure clients understand the current and future implications of any issue and to present a practical and thoughtful solution.
Clients appreciate Leah’s "generalist" perspective as her experience in various practice areas allows her to see each issue from a comprehensive viewpoint and address emerging issues effectively.
Value to Clients
Previous experience in project management and corporate communications has taught Leah the importance of strong communications and advocacy skills. This has translated well for her as a lawyer when dealing with her clients, the courts and opposing counsel. "I’m able to know the value of putting myself into their shoes, understanding their perspectives and communicating our side effectively."
Outside the Office
When she’s not working, Leah enjoys family time and the outdoors - especially hiking and biking in Edmonton’s river valley.
Alberta Premier's Silver Medal
Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law
Successful research analysis for elected official
Leah’s client was elected to a provincial body, but his election was challenged by an opponent. Another lawyer (a sole practitioner) successfully defended the challenge in the Court of Queen's Bench but when the opponent appealed it, the sole practitioner referred the matter to Field Law to handle. The client then turned to Leah and her colleague to defend the appeal.
Leah and her colleague did extensive research and analysis around a somewhat novel case and effectively argued that the election challenge was without merit. Leah and her colleague’s arguments were accepted by the Court of Appeal, who ruled in favour of the client. The client was pleased to end a long-standing challenge and get back to focusing on his role as an elected official.