As a civil litigator, Laura’s practice has focused on matters involving complex commercial claims, defamation, serious personal injury/wrongful death and professional negligence. She also handles employment disputes involving wrongful dismissal, human rights, harassment and accommodation issues. Since the fall of 2018, Laura has been advising and assisting clients with respect to employment and licensing matters that have arisen in the context of the legalization of marijuana.
Laura acts for and advises insurers, academic institutions, sport organizations, law enforcement agencies, Crown corporations and businesses. Some of her recent work includes defending numerous Alberta universities in actions involving defamation, harassment, breach of contract and negligence. As a former member of Canada’s national biathlon team, Laura takes a particular interest in sports law. She has acted for professional athletes and advised amateur athletes and sports organizations in respect of various matters including discipline, harassment and team selection.
Clients can count on Laura to take immediate action when a legal matter arises. Meticulous in her preparations, she tailors her strategies in each case in order to deliver solutions to complex and unusual claims. Laura has appeared as trial and appellate counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta. She has experience with Federal Court proceedings and leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada. Laura has also participated in arbitration proceedings, complex multi-party mediations, professional disciplinary proceedings and argued judicial review applications.
Laura remains an active athlete and can often be found hiking or skiing the mountains surrounding her hometown of Canmore.
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 2010
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (Honours, First Class), University of Calgary, 2007
- Called to the Alberta Bar, 2011
- Calgary Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- Association of Women Lawyers, Calgary
- Advocates Society
+ Career Highlights
- Trial counsel in Bruen v University of Calgary (2018 ABQB 26) where the defence team brought a successful motion for non-suit after a week of trial in an action involving a novel duty of care argument. The decision was upheld on appeal (2019 ABCA 211).
- Defence counsel for a professional hockey player in a personal injury action where the damages claimed exceed $10 million.
- Defence counsel in ET v Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute Inc (2017 ABQB 475) involving multiple defamation, breach of contract and negligence claims against a professional where the defence brought a successful motion to have the plaintiff declared a vexatious litigant.
- Martinez v Chaffin, 2019 ABQB 439
- Bruen v University of Calgary, 2019 ABCA 211
- Martinez v Chaffin, 2019 ABCA 2019 ABCA 216
- Bruen v University of Calgary, 2018 ABQB 26
- Kang v MB, 2019 ABQB 246
- Martinez v Chaffin, 2019 ABQB 349
- Martinez v Chaffin (13 February 2019), Calgary 1901-0024AC (Alta CA) (unreported)
- Bruen v University of Calgary, 2018 ABQB 650
- E.T. v Calgary Catholic School District No. 1, 2017 ABCA 349 (Appeal No.: 1701-0263-AC)
- ET v Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute Inc, 2017 ABQB 475
- Sizer v Calgary (Police Service), 2017 ABCA 257
- ET v Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute Inc, 2016 ABCA 320
- ET v Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute Inc, 2015 ABQB 396
- ET v Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute Inc, 2015 ABQB 824