Laura MacFarlane

Laura MacFarlane: Attorney with Field Law
  • Partner at Field Law (125 Attorneys)
  • 400 - 444 7 AVE SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0X8
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Biography

Laura MacFarlane is a Calgary-based Partner with Field Law and is part of the firm’s insurance and intellectual property practices, as well as the firm’s general litigation group. In her broad role, Laura provides a range of legal services to clients across many industries, both in Alberta, nationally and internationally.

Laura’s dual focus on 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

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.

Recognition

Community Service Award
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
2008
Best Cross-Examination
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
2008

Community

Calgary Legal Guidance
Volunteer
2011 - Present

Experience

Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Encana Corporation, 2016 ABQB 230, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

News + Views + Events

February 2014
The Legal Perils of 3D Printing
June 2013
Norwich Orders: You Can't Be Anonymous on the Internet After All
March 2013
Utility Models, Petty Patents & Innovation Patents: Efficient IP Protection for SMEs
August 2012
Protection of Vulnerable Workers in Alberta
June 2012
Legal Pitfalls of Social Media for Business
April 2012
Canadian Patents: Importance of Registering Assignment

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Insurance
  • Technology
  • Small + Medium Business
  • Intellectual Property + Technology
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 260 8577  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
Saint Mary's University, Bachelor of Science, 2004; University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Science, 2006; University of Western Ontario, Juris Doctor, 2009
Year of First admission:
2010
Admission:
2010, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Calgary Bar Association Member 2009-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2009-Present

Languages:
French
ISLN:
922295929

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