Matthew Turzansky
Matthew Turzansky
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Matthew Turzansky is an Edmonton-based lawyer who provides legal support to a wide range of clients across many of Field’s practice areas. With experience in the areas of general litigation, wills and estates, construction law, and pension law and administration Matthew continues to hone his legal skills through exposure to a variety of Field’s complex client files. Matthew provides legal services to clients across Alberta and the Northwest Territories, including large, public-facing institutions, and small-to-medium-sized businesses. 

Clients can rely on Matthew for his thorough and respectful approach to handling their files. By gaining a complete understanding of an issue and informing himself about the related industry, he is able to craft business-focused and practical strategies and solutions. Matthew also strives to engage opposing counsel in meaningful, productive discussions that can help drive a resolution. 

Value to Clients

“I believe in cutting to the chase and getting right to the matter at hand. With my clients, I am efficient because I know how valuable their time is. I strive to provide honest, forthright advice that allows my clients to understand their issue and the expected outcome in a fully informed way. This approach leads to more empowered and educated clients.” 

Outside the Office

Matthew is a firm believer in reinvesting personal time and resources into the greater community, and lives this by volunteering regularly with the Big Brothers program. Matthew also enjoys spending his free time in musically inspired activities, and supporting local sports teams.

Canadian Bar Association, Northern Alberta Junior Lawyers Section Executive
Canadian Bar Association, Northern Alberta Pension and Employee Benefits Section Executive
893682 Alberta Ltd v Baker Hughes Canada Company, 2017 ABPC 261
Nagy v Northtech Drilling Ltd., 2020 NWTSC 38
Waughtal v Innovative Agri-Ventures Inc, 2020 ABQB 455
Town of Norman Wells v Mallon et al, 2020 NWTSC 02
Calder v Alberta, 2019 ABCA 289

Appeal court decision confirming public sector pension administrator’s interpretation and application of governing pension plan legislation. Field Law represented administrator at trial and on appeal.

Calder v Alberta, 2017 ABQB 162
Black Fluid Inc. v Opulence Clothing Inc. , 2014 ABQB 138
January 2021
Field Law Announces Five New Partners
The Firm welcomes Anthony Burden, Jason Kully, Lisa Statt Foy, Britt Tetz, and Matthew Turzansky to its partnership.Field Law is pleased to welcome Anthony Burden, Jason Kully, Lisa Statt Foy, Britt Tetz, and Matthew Turzansky as partners of the Firm. ...
December 2019
One Bad Apple:  When Can an Employee’s Bad Attitude Justify Termination?
The recent arbitration decision in Sasktel v Unifor, Local 2S, 2019 CanLII 57057 (SK LA) arose after a long-time employee was dismissed from her position with SaskTel. While her competence and technical know-how were undoubted, her interpersonal skills...
November 2019
Precise Language Needed to Override Reasonable Notice
Workwise Newsletter
It is fairly common for a written employment agreement to seek to limit an employee’s termination notice to the minimum amount prescribed under employment standards legislation. However past case law suggests that doing so may be more difficult t...
January 2018
Fatal Errors: The Small Mistakes That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Lien Claim
The scenario is a fairly common one: a contractor doesn’t get paid, and then proceeds to register a lien on a project, only to later discover a mistake in the Statement of Lien. It could be a typo in the name of the Owner; or it could be a failur...
October 2017
Failure to Investigate Not Fatal to Just Cause Termination
Workwise Newsletter
The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench’s recent decision in Watkins v Willow Park Golf Course, 2017 ABQB 541, centres around a case of a supervisor who developed unreturned romantic feelings for another employee. The case also contains importan...
July 2017
Things Left Unsaid – Determining Price Adjustment resulting from Scope Changes
It’s common for the parties to a construction contract to focus on the price of the work to be performed. Less attention is often given to the method of calculating changes to the price for alterations to the scope of work. Uncertainty ...
May 2016
Sit Back and Relax - Is there a Duty to Mitigate after Termination of a Fixed-Term Contract?
The Ontario Court of Appeal recently issued its decision in Howard v. Benson Group Inc. 2016 ONCA 256, relating to the termination of a fixed-­term employment contract. The Plaintiff, Mr. Howard, was a Truck Shop Manager who ent...
March 2015
"Employed" in Name Only - An Employer’s Duty to Provide Work
Will an employment contract be fundamentally changed if the employer stops assigning work? This was the question tackled by the Alberta Court of  Appeal in its recent decision in Bonsma v Tesco Corporation, 2013 ABCA 367. The P...
July 2014
Double-Decker Damages
Employer Liability for Aggravated Damages Arising from Workplace Harassment
When it comes to terminating an employment relationship, the amount of pay in lieu of notice is something an employer can exercise a degree of control over through a written employment contract. What is often forgotten is the potential for enormou...
University of Alberta, 2012, Juris Doctor
University of Alberta, 2009, Bachelor of Arts With Distinction
Northwest Territories,2015