Kiran K. Birdi
Associate

LITIGATION INSURANCE

Phone: 403.231.8240
Email: k.birdi@svrlawyers.com
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Assistant: Joan Robertson
Phone: 403.231.3471
Email: j.robertson@svrlawyers.com

Professional Background

An experienced insurance defence lawyer, Kiran works with leading insurers on motor vehicle accidents, occupiers’ liability, and property claims, and has built a reputation with her clients for her robust handling of complex bodily injury clams. She also advises insurers on bad faith claims, employment practices liability, fire losses, and subrogation actions.

Trusted for her accurate and reasonable assessment of claims, Kiran provides her insurance clients with practical solutions in order to resolve matters efficiently. Kiran focuses her efforts on a big picture analysis to develop effective and practical file strategies early in the litigation process, which assists her clients in allocating resources appropriately as litigation progresses. Additionally, Kiran applies cogent and persuasive drafting and negotiating skills to bring about a suitable resolution. Kiran thrives on the diversity of her clients and opposing parties and demonstrates resiliency and determinedness in her practice.

Kiran also maintains an employment law practice, advising individuals on the reasonableness of severance packages, representing individuals through wrongful termination litigation, and negotiating settlements on their behalf. To balance this work, she also advises businesses on the handling of employee disputes, breaches of workplace policies, progressive disciplinary issues, terminations, and human rights complaints.

Kiran has acted for businesses on a range of human rights complaints and issues, where discrimination based on physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, and religious beliefs was in issue. She also advises on the duty to accommodate requirements for corporations in the context of human rights complaints. She has resolved disputes through the Alberta Human Rights Commission's Tribunal Dispute Resolution mediation service and appeared at hearings before the Commission.

Kiran has appeared before the Provincial Judges Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench, as well as administrative tribunals.

Prior to entering the field of law, Kiran worked for a non-profit organization for two years developing programs to support the integration of immigrant women in Calgary. She sat on the Board of Directors of that non-profit organization, the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (“CIWA”) as a director at large and Secretary from 2013-2015.

 

+ Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Calgary, 2005
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 2010
  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 2011

+ Affiliations

  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers
  • Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, HR Committee, Director, Secretary and Member 2013-2015