Jody Sutherland

Jody Sutherland: Attorney with McLennan Ross LLP
  • Associate at McLennan Ross LLP
  • 1000 First Canadian Centre, 350-7th Avenue, SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 3N9
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Jody focuses on collaborating with her clients to come up with creative, proactive solutions, catered to their specific needs. Her experience representing both employees and employers in employment and human rights matters provides her with an understanding of the different perspectives, typical problems and arguments of parties facing termination, employment contract and wrongful dismissal claims, as well as human rights complaints.

Jody also has a strong insurance defence practice and works with a number of national insurers on a wide variety of insurance matters including coverage opinions, Directors' and Officer's liability, professional liability, property damage, construction and personal injury claims.

In her litigation practice, Jody represents corporations and individuals in contractual disputes and claims regarding negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. She also has experience with the enforcement and collection of judgments, including reciprocal enforcement of judgments.

Labour & Employment

•Represents and advises employers and employees on a variety of issues, including termination, discipline, human rights, and employment standards.
•Assists and advises employers in developing, implementing, revising and enforcing various policies and employment contracts.
•Advises employers on various dismissal issues, including establishing just cause to dismiss, reasonable severance pay, strategies to avoid wrongful dismissal actions.
•Assists in advising executives in negotiations of employment agreements and on rights and obligations upon departure.
•Reviews and provides advice to employees on employment contracts, specific employment terms and severance agreements.
•Represents and advises employers in respect of complaints before the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
•Advises employers regarding the drafting, implementation and application of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-competition and confidentiality provisions, and general employment policies and practices.


•Defends insureds in claims involving professional negligence, Director' and Officers' liability, property loss, construction disputes, motor vehicle accidents, and other bodily injury claims.
•Advises insurers and their insureds on a variety of risk management issues, including Occupier's Liability and Directors' and Officers' Liability.
•Advises insurers on SEF 44 issues, claims under the Minor's Property Act and issues related to claims for death benefits.
•Acts for insurers in subrogated claims and enforcing judgments.
•Provides coverage opinions to insurers on a variety of matters, including commercial liability, automobile policies and Directors' and Officers' Liability policies.


•Assisted in representing an individual at a ten-day trial before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench regarding claim for damages against a financial advisor for negligent investment advice.
•Assisted in representing the Respondent at the Alberta Court of Appeal to uphold judgment against the Appellants arising out of a claim of defamation.
•Regularly represents corporations and individuals in a variety of contractual disputes and negligence actions.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Labour & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Construction

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403.303.9118  Phone
University Attended:
University of British Columbia, B.A., Psychology & Sociology
Law School Attended:
University of Calgary, LL.B.
Year of First admission:
2011, Alberta

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities

•Member, Calgary Bar Association Executive
•Canadian Bar Association
•Member at Large, Insurance Section
•Volunteer Mentor
•Advising Lawyer, Student Legal Assistance


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Calgary, Alberta

  • Calgary, AB
    1000 First Canadian Centre , 350-7th Avenue, SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 3N9

    403.303.9118 Phone

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