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Karen Salmon (nee McHugh) practises commercial litigation with an emphasis on the energy industry, including oil, gas and electricity in both litigation and regulatory matters. Karen also practises in the areas of class actions and banking litigation.
In the area of energy, Karen advises energy companies in litigation related to oil and gas operations, environmental contamination matters, contracts, acquisitions and divestitures, and mineral ownership and title disputes. She also acts for electricity clients in regulatory proceedings as well as on unregulated matters, and for oil and gas clients in environmental matters. She is involved with BLG's Team North .
Karen does both trial and appellate work and has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Before being called to the bar, she clerked with the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, then joined Howard Mackie LLP, one of BLG's five founding firms.
Publications & Presentations
Karen is a frequent blogger on “ THE RESOURCE: BLG Energy Law Blog ”. This blog is authored by members of BLG's Oil and Gas Focus Group, along with timely contributions from members of our Electricity Markets Focus Group and guest contributors. We follow new and interesting legal issues as they emerge in the energy area.
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•C o-Author, The Alberta Litigator’s Pocket Reference, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2008-2018.
•Presenter, “The Rules of Court Interpreted,” Legal Education Society of Alberta Seminar, with accompanying paper.
•Author, “Alberta’s New Rules of Court,” BLG Litigation Alert.
•Author, “Ownership of CBM within Freehold Alberta Lands,” BLG Oil & Gas Focus Group Alert (with Adrienne Wong).
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2017) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Future Star: Alberta.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
•Vice President, Ringette Alberta
•Board of Directors, Ringette Alberta
•Bow View Ringette Association, coordinator/coach
•Member, Canadian Bar Association, Natural Resources Subsection
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
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