Doreen Saunderson

Doreen Saunderson: Attorney with Field Law
  • Calgary Managing Partner at Field Law (122 Attorneys)
  • 400 - 444 7 AVE SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0X8
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Doreen Saunderson, the firm’s Managing Partner, is a Calgary-based trial and appellate lawyer focusing on insurance litigation, often involving difficult product liability claims and health care and other professional service disputes. Her clients are in the oil and gas sector as well as builders and construction companies and trades. My clients include material and equipment manufacturers and distributors as well as healthcare providers, accountants, architects and engineers throughout southern Alberta.

Insurers seek Doreen’s advice and representation for various types of personal, commercial and specialty lines insurance, coverage options and assessment of claims, including:

•Motor vehicle
•Commercial General Liability
•Product liability
•Directors and officers liability and
•Professional liability policies

She handles defence of insureds, pursuit of subrogated claims, coverage opinions and acting for insurers in coverage actions. This work has included a wide variety of claims, including those relating to media defamation, occupiers liability, health care, professional errors and omissions, transportation, construction, environmental, pollution, fidelity and manufacturing or design defects. In addition, Doreen provides seminars to insurers relating to legal issues of interest to them. My energy experience is plant, pipeline and well-related and includes environmental claims following accidental releases.

In the health industry, Doreen has represented health care organizations, hospitals and their employees in negligence claims. She has also represented compensated sureties in construction matters and energy companies as well as service companies in commercial, tort and environmental litigation. In addition, she has represented municipalities, pursuing recovery on their behalf and defending claims against them. Doreen also acts for a variety of other clients on general litigation matters, including construction and related claims.

Doreen has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and before administrative tribunals. She has also assisted clients with various forms of alternate dispute resolution, including private mediation, judicial mediation and arbitration, including work on a major international arbitration.

Value to Clients

I have experience on both sides of the docket, which helps in building a litigation strategy in collaboration with a client, whether I’m defending or prosecuting a claim. I also know the insurance industry and appreciate the importance of strong, consistent client communication and listening, solid advocacy skills, friendliness, responsiveness, practical judgment, candor and accessibility.

Outside of Work

I hike, bike and cross-country and downhill ski. My husband and I sail together when we travel internationally, something that’s relaxing and mentally engaging at the same time. Doreen also loves to read historical novels and an occasional biography.


Nova Pole International Inc v Permasteel Construction Ltd, 2018 ABQB 672
Gas Plus Inc v Levelton Consultants Ltd, 2017 ABQB 655
Bumstead v Dufresne, 2017 ABCA 122, Alberta Court of Appeal
Keyland Development Corporation v Rocky View (Municipal District No 44), 2016 ABQB 735, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Bumstead v Dufresne, 2015 ABQB 787, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta
Keyland Development Corporation v Cochrane (Town), 2014 ABQB 458
Carscallen v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2013 ABCA 263, Alberta Court of Appeal
Three Boys Toys Inc. v. Majouga, 2009 ABCA 353, Alberta Court of Appeal
Weatherall v. Seaba, 2009 ABQB 173, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
ING Insurance Co. of Canada v. Harder Estate, 2008 ABCA 201, Alberta Court of Appeal
Weatherall v. Seaba, 2008 ABQB 689, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Wozniak (Next Friend of) v. Alexander, 2008 ABQB 430, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
ING Insurance Co. of Canada v. Harder Estate, [2007] A.J. No. 106, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Forward v. Zurich Insurance Co., 2002 ABCA 123, Alberta Court of Appeal
Greenpipe Industries Ltd. v. Probe Exploration Inc., [2002] A.J. No. 609, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Burns v. Burns, [1994] A.J. No. 576, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Wrobel v. Wrobel, 1994 CarswellAlta 401, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Romanchuk v. Romanchuk Estate, [1993] A.J. No. 1273, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Todd Acceptance Inc. v. Royal Bank of Canada, [1990] A.J. No. 422, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Wong v. Sawyer, 1990 CarswellAlta 504, Alberta Master in Chambers


Litigation Star
Benchmark Canada
2014 - 2018
Listed Insurance Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada
2013 - 2019
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
2013, 2016 - 2017
University of Alberta Law School Gold Medal
Peter Lougheed Scholarship


MS Society of Alberta
Member of the Board of Directors
2008 - 2015
The YWCA of Calgary
Board of Directors
1993 - 1997
Alberta Law Review
1987 - 1988
Calgary Women’s Centre
Board of Directors
The Back Door
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Children’s Legal and Educational Centre
Board of Directors
Resource Centre
Board of Directors

News + Views + Events

September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
October 2016
Civil Litigation in Alberta - Surprises, Secrets and Strategies

Client Stories

Knowing the value of a matter

My clients were the insurer and insured following a motor vehicle accident where the plaintiff claimed damages for chronic injuries and future care and loss of future earnings. After a four-week trial, the court awarded damages in an amount that was less than our client’s pre-trial offer. It’s about doing better at trial than what you were prepared to settle for. I’ve never gone to trial and failed to best my pre-trial offer.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Insurance
  • Construction
  • Health
  • Energy + Environment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8539  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, Gold Medalist, 1988
Year of First admission:
1989, Alberta


Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (South)
1991 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (South)
Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Defence Lawyers

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Bumstead v. Dufresne 2017 ABCA 122 Alberta Court of Appeal 2017; Bumstead v Dufresne 2015 ABQB 787 Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta 2015; Carscallen v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada 2013 ABCA 263 Alberta Court of Appeal 2013; Weatherall v. Seaba 2009 ABQB 173 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2009; Three Boys Toys Inc. v. Majouga 2009 ABCA 353 Alberta Court of Appeal 2009; Weatherall v. Seaba 2008 ABQB 689 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Wozniak (Next Friend of) v. Alexander 2008 ABQB 430 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; ING Insurance Co. of Canada v. Harder Estate 2008 ABCA 201 Alberta Court of Appeal 2008; ING Insurance Co. of Canada v. Harder Estate [2007] A.J. No. 106 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2007; Forward v. Zurich Insurance Co. 2002 ABCA 123 Alberta Court of Appeal 2002; Greenpipe Industries Ltd. v. Probe Exploration Inc. [2002] A.J. No. 609 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Wrobel v. Wrobel 1994 CarswellAlta 401 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Burns v. Burns [1994] A.J. No. 576 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Romanchuk v. Romanchuk Estate [1993] A.J. No. 1273 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1993; Wong v. Sawyer 1990 CarswellAlta 504 Alberta Master in Chambers 1990; Todd Acceptance Inc. v. Royal Bank of Canada [1990] A.J. No. 422 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1990

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