Laura’s work in intellectual property and insurance law has allowed her to build strong, complimentary skill sets in litigation, negotiation and strategy development. Because each practice group typically sees Laura’s client work having a focus both in and out of the court room. Laura has honed her negotiation techniques for a variety of legal settings. Laura also practices general litigation outside of her two practice groups.
When assisting intellectual property clients as a lawyer and trademark agent, Laura’s client work spans a wide range of industries, which often includes technology, consumer goods, heavy industrial machinery, lifestyle brands, food, beverage and restaurants, among others. While Laura is based in Calgary, her intellectual property practice has seen her providing legal services to clients across Canada. In her insurance practice, Laura acts primarily on behalf of insurers in the course of claims defense on a variety of matters including casualty, motor vehicle, accident benefits, property loss, personal injury, professional liability, errors and omissions and bad faith claims.
Clients come to Laura for a range of legal services, including:
•Insurance defence in a broad range of matters;
•Assistance in both the prosecution and litigation of trademark matters from filing to registration, renewal and beyond
•Intellectual Property specific litigation with a particular focus on matters of trade secret protection, trade-mark infringement, copyright infringement as well as contractual and fiduciary issues
•Internet-based disputes including defamation cases and obtaining novel Court remedies including Norwich Orders to identify otherwise anonymous wrongdoers
Laura also works with clients to resolve employment issues which if left unsolved can create an undesirable work environment, reduce retention and negatively impact productivity. Her advice in the areas of compensation, hiring and termination, human rights complaints, privacy matters, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, contract negotiation and policy creation and implementation helps clients find solutions that maintain an effective workforce.
Value to Clients
Laura’s extensive work with clients who tend to have a large, well-known online presence, has given her invaluable knowledge when it comes to navigating this increasingly important space and the legal issues that accompany it.
“I learn about my clients’ business at the outset of a file. I do this because I recognize that the client’s experience and industry-specific knowledge is a tremendous asset to have and helps me in finding them the right legal solution to meet their needs. The client is the keeper of much of the relevant knowledge I need to do my job. Tapping into this resource and working with the client allows them to share some ownership over the file. In my experience, this collaboration ultimately yields better outcomes.”
Outside of Work
Laura’s keen eye for design and love for interior decorating has allowed her to transform her home and work spaces into carefully curated, well-designed productivity retreats. When she isn’t redecorating her own - or her friend’s - home or office, she’s planning her next food-inspired getaway.
Sunshine Village Corporation v Chevalier, 2018 ABQB 484
Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. v. Essential Energy Services Ltd., 2017 FC 1111
Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Encana Corporation, 2016 ABQB 230
College of Dietitians of Alberta v. 3393291 Canada Inc. (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition), 2015 FC 449
Community Service Award
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Calgary Legal Guidance
2011 - Present
News + Views + Events
#Hashmarks: Can a Hashtag be a Trademark?
Trademarks: Use it or lose it - and prove it!
The Legal Perils of 3D Printing
Norwich Orders: You Can’t Be Anonymous on the Internet After All
Utility Models, Petty Patents & Innovation Patents: Efficient IP Protection for SMEs
Protection of Vulnerable Workers in Alberta
Legal Pitfalls of Social Media for Business
Canadian Patents: Importance of Registering Assignment
Calgary Bar Association Member 2009-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2009-Present
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