Karen has appeared at multiple levels of court in Alberta and Saskatchewan, making her comfortable and confident in a variety of legal settings.
Clients rely on Karen to guide them through a variety of complex, high-stakes legal issues, including:
•Counsel throughout contentious labour and employment issues, including executive departures and wrongful dismissal claims
•Review of exit and severance packages on behalf of terminated employees or those who have been laid off
•Support during bankruptcies and large-scale employer restructurings, including layoffs
•Acting on behalf of trustees during bankruptcy filings
Value to Clients
Karen’s style of counsel and advising is practical and business focused, while still maintaining a calm approachability that puts clients at ease. She is acutely aware of the financial concerns and motivations of her clients, and acts accordingly. Her familiarity with the process of labour and employment disputes and typical outcomes allows her to manage client expectations while striving to secure an equitable resolution to an issue. When working on bankruptcy files, Karen’s ability to take into account and manage client concerns throughout what is often a contentious process, make her a trusted advisor and invaluable resource.
Outside of Work
Karen’s family keeps her on the go when she isn’t in the office. You can find her coaching soccer with one of her three children, or keeping herself busy by staying fit and active. Karen enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding and running.
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2017 ABCA 95
Freyberg v. Fletcher Challenge Oil & Gas Inc., 2002 ABQB 692, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
National Bank of Canada v. Merit Energy Ltd., 2001 ABQB 680, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
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Law Society of Alberta Member 2000-Present