Christine Pratt

Christine Pratt: Attorney with Field Law
  • Partner at Field Law (125 Attorneys)
  • 2500 - 10175 101 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5J 0H3
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Biography

Christine Pratt represents individuals, insurers, governments and corporations of various sizes located throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories, with a focus on insurance defence, personal injury and general civil litigation. Christine's insurance clients turn to her for help with casualty, coverage, subrogation, errors and omissions, fidelity and employment disputes.

Christine represents corrections and police services clients before administrative tribunals and inquiries, including peace officer disciplinary reviews before the Law Enforcement Review Board of Alberta and various Fatality Inquiries. In addition, Christine regularly represents contractors and subcontractors regarding builders’ liens and other general construction matters.

With her vast experience pursuing and defending personal injury claims involving minor to serious bodily injuries and fatalities, Christine provides her clients with a risk assessment and a range of options to ensure they understand the likelihood of success at trial and whether a favourable alternative resolution is ideal under the specific circumstances of the case.

Christine articled with Field Law from 1992-93 and returned to the firm in 1998 after practicing for five years at a small, full-service law firm. She teaches insurance law at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

Value to Clients

Regardless of the industry sector or type of dispute at issue, I always try to understand my clients' non-legal, business pressures. I’m also an empathetic listener and dedicated to fostering relationships with clients built on trust. My clients occasionally deal with claims that touch on aspects of their business and areas of law that fall outside my practice focus. One of the numerous benefits of practicing at Field law is the ability to leverage the skill sets of lawyers throughout the firm to ensure the diverse needs of my clients are served no matter what issues may arise.”

Outside the Office

Christine is fond of reading fiction, particularly English mystery writers such as P.D. James and Agatha Christie.

Recognition

Distinguished Service Award for Pro Bono Contributions
Law Society of Alberta
2016
Pro Bono Leader in the Community Award
PBLA
2011
Distinguished Service Award
ECLC
2012

Community

University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
Dean’s Advisory Counsel
2015 - Present
University of Alberta, Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law
President
2015 - Present
Citie Ballet
Board Member
2009 - Present
DRI VOICE of the Defence Bar (USofA)
Member
2007 - Present
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Secretary
2007 - Present
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Volunteer Staff
2003 - Present
University of Alberta, Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law
Executive Board Member
2012 - 2015
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Board Member
2004 - 2007
Northern Alberta Brain Injury Society (NABIS)
Secretary
2000 - 2002
Northern Alberta Brain Injury Society (NABIS)
Board Member & Fundraising Committee Member
1998 - 2000

Experience

Saunders v. Edmonton (Police Service)

Acielo v. Condominium Plan 9022497, 2016 ABCA 251, Alberta Court of Appeal

JR and MR v Edmonton (Police Service), 2014 ABLERB 58, Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Sullivan v. Edmonton (Police Service), 2014 ABLERB 53, Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Fish v Tagg, 2013 CanLII 69155 (AB LERB), Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Olsen v Edmonton (Police Service), 2014 ABLERB 48, Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Wagener v Alberta (Minister of Justice and Solicitor General), 2014 ABLERB 19, Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Fish v Tagg, 2014 CanLII 13820 (AB LERB), Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Atchison v Director of Law Enforcement, 2013 CanLII 48820 (AB LERB), Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Gladue v. Alberta (Attorney General), 2012 ABQB 319, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Gladue v. Alberta (Attorney General), 2012 ABQB 5, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Hoover v. Solicitor General and Public Security, 2012 ABLERB 014, Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board

Gladue v. Alberta (Attorney General), 2011 ABQB 651, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Golf Western Ltd. v. Britsky, 2011 ABCA 274, Alberta Court of Appeal

Brown v. Britsky, 2010 ABQB 445, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Fullowka v. Pinkerton's of Canada Ltd., 2010 SCC 5, Supreme Court of Canada

Fok v. Director of Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc., 2008 NWTCA 4, Northwest Territories Court of Appeal

Trang v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2007 ABCA 263, Alberta Court of Appeal

Vector Electric and Controls v. Enviro-Abled Solutions Inc., 2006 ABQB 502, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Munoz v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2004 ABQB 769, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Geary v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2004 ABQB 19, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc., 2004 NWTSC 66, Northwest Territories Supreme Court

Geary v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2004 ABQB 23, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Moeckl v. East Central Regional Health Authority 7, 2003 ABQB 174, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Cardinal v. 361881 Alberta Inc., 2001 ABQB 51, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Verbeek v. Verbeek, 1998 ABQB 968, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Lifeview Emergency Services Ltd. v. Alberta Ambul Operators Assoc., (1995) 101 FTR 43, 64 CPR (3rd) 157 (FCTD), Federal Court Trial Division

News + Views + Events

October 2016
Civil Litigation in Alberta - Surprises, Secrets and Strategies
Presentations
October 2015
Alberta Law Enforcement Professionals Have Unique Challenges - It's Time for a Debrief
November 2013
Police Powers in Civil Matters Presented at the Police Law Conference
November 2013
Police Powers in Civil Matters
February 2012
Alberta Rules of Court
November 2010
New Rules of Court
September 2010
Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings
Fall 2009
Canadian Precedents of Pleadings - Personal Injury Chapter
August 2009
Morrow v. Zhang - The Cap is Back
June 2009
Morrow v. Zhang - The Cap is Back
June 2009
Morrow v. Zhang - The Cap is Back
2008
Rules of Court - Amendments
June 2007
Morrow and Pedersen: Arguments in the Minor Injury Cap Challenge
2007
Morrow and Pedersen: Arguments Presented at the Minor Injury Cap Challenge
2007
Minor Injury Cap - Argument is the Constitutional Challenge
2006
Minor Injury Cap - Implementation
2000
Fatal Accidents: Calculation of Loss
2000
Civil Practice Update

Client Stories

Settling an insurance claim below the cap

Our client: An insurance company in Alberta.
Where we began: Our client faced an action brought by a woman with injury claims from two accidents with no dispute on the liability issues.
Our approach: While we were on the lookout for a case to take to litigation, the client was willing to settle for an amount within the cap. The case had the ideal facts to fall within the cap, but we settled before we could litigate - for an amount within the cap - on account of non-legal pressures.
The result: According to Christine, We didn't get the law we wanted, but it was an offer we had to take after looking at, analyzing and discussing all of the options.

Quick response in getting a lien removed in order to close

Our client: A homebuilder in Alberta.
Where we began: In the midst of closing a real estate transaction, our client discovered a subcontractor's lien that needed to be removed by the next Monday, or we couldn't close on 50 deals and our client would have to return the mortgage funds.The challenge was that the subcontractor was out of business and couldn't be reached.
Our approach: Christine found the subcontractor's subcontractor and discussed what was necessary to remove the lien. They analyzed the options, timelines and the risks, including our client's relationship to the subcontractor and its effect on other liens.Christine and her client also developed a plan with how they were going to handle similar scenarios in the future, limit liability and close deals.
The result: I got the subcontractor's lien off Monday, and our client's deal closed on time.

Notable Work

•Negotiated favourable settlement of a personal injury lawsuit involving a plaintiff with significant injuries, with multiple Plaintiffs and insurance limits issues
•Represented clients at fatality inquiries as interested parties
•Conducted numerous LERB appeals
•Conducted and trial and appeal of a double fatality action and liability split
•Defended (as part of a legal team) complex multi-year/multi-party litigation
•Quickly removed a subcontractor’s lien discovered in the midst of closing a major real estate transaction on behalf of an Alberta home builde

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Law Enforcement
  • Insurance
  • Construction
  • Litigation
  • Builders' Liens

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7671  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1992
Year of First admission:
1993
Admission:
1993, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional

Canadian Defense Lawyers
Member
2002-Present
Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters
Associate Member
2001-Present
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA)
Associate Member
2000-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Member
1999-Present
Edmonton Bar Association
Member
1994-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1992-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Credentials and Education Committee
2015-2017
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
University of Alberta Law School
•Sessional Instructor, Insurance Law
2011-2017
Law Society of Alberta
Credentials and Education Committee
2015-2017
Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters
Associate Member
2001 - Present
Law Society of Alberta, Credentials and Education Committee
Member
2015 - 2017

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Acielo v. Condominium Plan 9022497 2016 ABCA 251 Alberta Court of Appeal 2016; JR and MR v Edmonton (Police Service) 2014 ABLERB 58 Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2014; Sullivan v. Edmonton (Police Service) 2014 ABLERB 53 Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2014; Olsen v Edmonton (Police Service) 2014 ABLERB 48 Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2014; Wagener v Alberta (Minister of Justice and Solicitor General) 2014 ABLERB 19 Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2014; Fish v Tagg 2014 CanLII 13820 (AB LERB) Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2014; Fish v Tagg 2013 CanLII 69155 (AB LERB) Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2013; Atchison v Director of Law Enforcement 2013 CanLII 48820 (AB LERB) Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2013; Gladue v. Alberta (Attorney General) 2012 ABQB 319 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2012; Gladue v. Alberta (Attorney General) 2012 ABQB 5 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2012; Hoover v. Solicitor General and Public Security 2012 ABLERB 014 Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board 2012; Gladue v. Alberta (Attorney General) 2011 ABQB 651 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; Golf Western Ltd. v. Britsky 2011 ABCA 274 Alberta Court of Appeal 2011; Fullowka v. Pinkerton's of Canada Ltd. 2010 SCC 5 Supreme Court of Canada 2010; Trang v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre) 2010 ABQB 6 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Brown v. Britsky 2010 ABQB 445 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc. 2008 NWTCA 4 Northwest Territories Court of Appeal 2008; Fok v. Director of Edmonton Remand Centre; Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Trang v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre) 2007 ABCA 263 Alberta Court of Appeal 2007; Vector Electric and Controls v. Enviro-Abled Solutions Inc. 2006 ABQB 502 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Munoz v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre) 2004 ABQB 769 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Geary v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre) 2004 ABQB 19 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc. 2004 NWTSC 66 Northwest Territories Supreme Court 2004; Geary v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre) 2004 ABQB 23 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Moeckl v. East Central Regional Health Authority 7 2003 ABQB 174 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; Cardinal v. 361881 Alberta Inc. 2001 ABQB 51 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Verbeek v. Verbeek 1998 ABQB 968 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; Lifeview Emergency Services Ltd. v. Alberta Ambul Operators Assoc. (1995) 101 FTR 43, 64 CPR (3rd) 157 (FCTD) Federal Court Trial Division 1995; Saunders v. Edmonton (Police Service);
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