Dana Adams: Attorney with Field Law


Dana Adams is an Edmonton-based lawyer whose practice focuses on labour and employment law, where she primarily helps employers manage their operations and assists in defending grievances, human rights complaints and in dealing with other disputes with unions and employees. Her work also includes administrative health law where she focusses primarily on hospital privileging issues. Dana has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal as well as the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

It's important I address the current issue effectively, but also see other potential issues that could arise down the road and then connect those dots. To do this, I need to understand the current context but also stay on top of the other things in play (like policies or related issues) so I can help my clients avoid additional problems in the future.

Dana's clients rely on her for real-time, practical advice around employee issues including performance issues, terminations, sick leaves and accommodation. In her labour and employment practice in particular, she helps clients navigate complex issues including:

•Constructive dismissal
•Wrongful dismissal
•Severance packages
•Disability and accommodation disputes
•Employment termination
•Employment contracts
•Human rights and discrimination

Clients based in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, appreciate Dana's approachability and friendliness - beneficial characteristics when dealing with what can be heated issues. She also strives to provide clients with advice that accounts for the big picture while still helping find a solution to their immediate problem.

Outside of Work

Life outside of work is busy with her two young daughters. When Dana's not with her girls or at work she tries to find time for running and other outdoor activities.


Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Dana:

Labour and Employment: 2016 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February - April 2017
Is your Workplace Toxic? Field Law Clients and Guests October 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review HR Professionals and Industry Professionals January - February 2015
Legalities of Nursing Documentation Stanton TerritorialStanton Territorial Health Authority Nursing Staff October 2013
Legalities of Nursing Documentation STHA Nursing Staff October 30
Charting - A Legal Perspective Emergency Department Nurses, Convenant Health April 2013

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Free Footie Soccer Society Secretary 2012-Present

Published Works


Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) March 2017
Counsel Comments: Lum v. Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel), 2016 ABCA 154 Take Five - Alberta Edition June 2016
New Essential Services Legislation Now In Force Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) June 2016
Court of Appeal Confirms Deference Owed to Registration Decisions and Explores Meaning of Good Character and Reputation Perspectives for the Professions May 2016
Alberta Legislation Curtailing the Right to Strike is Struck Down Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) May 2015
Jian Ghomeshi's Lawsuit and the Current State of the Law on Civil Claims by Unionized Employees Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) November 2014
Jian Ghomeshi Withdraws Lawsuit Against Former Employer, the CBC Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) November 2014
Supreme Court Rejects Double Dipping Pension Benefits Argument By Employer Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) December 2013
Accommodating Family Status in the Workplace: Considerations and Challenges Lancaster House Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference May 2013
The Many Benefits of a Good Termination Clause Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) January 2013
Access Denied? Inconsistent Jurisprudence on the Open Court Principle and Media Access to Exhibits in Canadian Criminal Cases Alberta Law Review July 2011


•A large Alberta employer, with a security sensitive business and a unionized workforce, wanted to bring in a new screening policy for employees. Dana helped the employer navigate the complex privacy issues that come with this type of screening, by addressing the potential implications arising from the rights and obligations already bargained in the collective agreement. By doing a thorough analysis of the parties' legal rights and obligations, Dana put the employer on a path to a new policy that could potentially get union support, resulting in fewer potential challenges in the future (and fewer potentially successful challenges) while still addressing the employer's security concerns.
•An Alberta organization was dealing with an employee who had serious performance issues that likely warranted termination, but who then went on stress leave prior to dismissal. The organization turned to Dana to help it navigate the complex employment and human rights issues involved when considering whether an employee can be terminated when they have alleged they have a disability that requires accommodation. Dana helped the organization assess the adequacy of the medical information received from the employee, come up with and implement a plan to obtain the information required to determine next steps, and ultimately take the appropriate steps to deal with the situation with minimal legal risk to the organization.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Health Industry Services
  • Labour and Employment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 643 8764  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
University Attended:
Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, Honours, 2005; Carleton University, Bachelor of Arts, English, 2005
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 2010
Year of First admission:
2011, Alberta; 2013, Northwest Territories

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Health Law Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Junior Lawyers Section Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Member 2011-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2011-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Al-Ghamdi v. Her Majesty the Queen 2017 ABQB 169 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2017; Lidkea v. Edmonton Public School Board 2016 AHRC 20 Alberta Human Rights Tribunal 2016; Lum v. Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel) 2016 ABCA 154 Alberta Court of Appeal 2016; Edmonton Police Association v. Edmonton Police Service 2016 CanLII 11571 (AB LRB) Alberta Labour Relations Board 2016; Edmonton School District No 7 v. Dorval 2016 ABCA 8 Alberta Court of Appeal 2016; Al-Ghamdi v. Alberta Health Services 2015 ABQB 469 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2015; Lee v. Boyd 2015 ABQB 426 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2015; Alberta College of Physical Therapists v Fitzpatrick 2015 ABCA 95 Alberta Court of Appeal 2015

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