Erika Carrasco

Erika Carrasco: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

Erika Carrasco practices civil litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on insurance, construction and the energy sectors. Her clients often refer others in these industries to Erika to provide advice and representation in tort and contractually-related commercial disputes as well as on builders' lien matters.

As an owner and manager with a business background, I take a holistic approach as an advisor to my clients. I am their risk manager. This means I get to know their business and, as a result, can spot problems and get to their causes.

I provide my clients with practical advice on how to manage legal issues and prevent them in the first place. More recently, I have been focusing on my passion for technology by expanding my skills into the world of Drones and Self-Driving Vehicles.

Insurers regularly seek Erika's advice and representation relating to the following:

•Commercial General Liability
•Product liability
•Wrap-up and Builders' risk claims
•Subrogated actions and coverage matters

Erika has experience at all levels of the Courts in Alberta. I have a proactive approach and a down-to-earth attitude, says Erika. I'm also quick on my feet.

Outside of Work

Even with four children, Erika is looking for new adventures to satisfy her love of surfing and scuba. I got my dry-suit certification just to be able to dive in Iceland. Even shivering in 5-degree Celsius water, it was amazing!

In prior travel adventures, Erika lived and worked in Australia, I sold SIM cards door to door, since it seemed like the quickest way to pay off a rental car that I wrecked. Fortunately, the Aussies liked my Canadian accent and felt sorry for me walking around in the 45-degree heat. I paid off what I owed in just three months and even won a sales award.

Honours and Awards

1st Place Jessup Moot Memorials/4th Place Jessup Moot Debate (National Level) 2005
1st Place Alberta Court of Appeal Moot 2004

Presentations

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Erika:

Taking Off: Drone Law in Canada Field Law Clients April 2017
Drone Regulations and the Evolving Legal Implications Insurance Institute of Southern Alberta October 2016
Civil Litigation in Alberta - Surprises, Secrets and Strategies Insurance Professionals October 2016
Drones AUMA Convention & AMSC Trade Show October 2016
5C - The Rise of the Drones - Liability and Insurance Implications 2016 RIMS Canada Conference September 2016
States' Response to Evolving Drone Issues Legal and Regulatory Considerations of Drones and UAVs September 2016
The Minor Injury Cap Field Law Clients February 2011
The Law of Tendering: How the Rules of the Game Affect You and Your Projects Architects, Designers, Property Managers, Building Owners, Contractors, Building Operators, Builders, Developers, Specifiers , November 2009

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Canadian Bar Association Chair of CBA Young Lawyers 2015
University of Calgary Student Legal Assistance Volunteer 2003-Present

Experience

•In this case, Erika's client was a national insurance company that provided coverage to a large wholesale supplier of commercial plumbing and sewage piping. The claim, according to Erika, was based on the supply of a product to a construction site in Alberta that failed after install. Anyone who touched the product was named in the action - for example, the manufacturer, the vendor, the wholesale supplier, the general contractor and trades who were involved in the installation. Erika worked closely with the insurer, and the insured's risk managers and, by arranging for early testing through independent experts, she established that the cause of the issue was not related to her client. Armed with that information, Erika brokered an agreement that removed her client from the claim and indemnified it from any further action from any of the other parties. By taking this step, we were able to get the claim moving and resolved for our client, when the Plaintiff was being slow to respond and dragging out the litigation.
•A leading landscaping and snow removal company and its insurer came to Erika for legal advice about their management and operations. They wanted me to look at the company's standard contracts with owners and sub-trades and perform a risk management audit. I got to know the client's business firsthand and by drawing on support from other Field lawyers in our Business and Employment Practice Groups, we were able to provide the client with a complete review of all of their legal issues and provide them with comprehensive and customized solutions to address those risks.” The end result was a more streamlined business process and a more confident client. They said that they felt I understood their needs and had their best interests in mind.”

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Insurance
  • Energy
  • Construction
  • Builders' and Specialized Liens
  • Emerging Technologies

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 232 1781  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
McGill University, Bachelor of Commerce, 2001
Law School Attended:
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 2006
Year of First admission:
2007
Admission:
2007, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Chair of CBA Young Lawyers 2015
Association of Women Lawyers Member 2005-Present
Calgary Bar Association Member 2005-Present
Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section (South) Member
Canadian Bar Association, National Young Lawyers Section Executive Member
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (South) Treasurer 2009-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Junior Lawyers Section (South) Program Coordinator 2008-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2005-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: R. v. Syed Gohar Haider Shah 2017 ABQB 144 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2017; Condominium Corporation No 0213028 v. Pasera Corporation 2016 ABQB 477 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2016; Big Loop Cattle Co. Ltd. v. Alberta (Energy Resources Conservation Board) 2010 ABCA 328 Alberta Court of Appeal 2010; V.A.H. v. Lynch 2009 ABCA 221 Alberta Court of Appeal 2009; V.A.H. v. Lynch 2009 ABCA 104 Alberta Court of Appeal 2009; V.A.H. v. Lynch 2008 ABQB 448 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; R. v. K.H. [2007] A.J. No. 16 Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division 2007
ISLN:
920841219

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