As a long-time Edmonton member of the firm's Litigation Group, Greg Harding has a wide-ranging, respected practice in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories. His clients likewise range from individuals and families; to corporations; to institutional and public sector clients, including government. Clients seek Greg's help in areas of the law such as:
•Estate disputes, including contested wills, will interpretation, powers of attorney, passing of accounts.
•Post-secondary education matters for universities and colleges. (For example, governance and policy, donations, trusts and endowments and student issues, including discipline and academic affairs.)
•Pension matters and issues in both the private and public sectors. (For example, policy advice and opinion work and representation in contested matters.)
•Constitutional and Administrative law, including Charter of Rights and Human Rights and regulatory matters.
•Commercial matters, including corporate and shareholder disputes, insurance issues and construction litigation.
These areas have Greg representing clients before a variety of boards and tribunals as well as in the courts. He also promotes and regularly participates in mediation, arbitration and dispute resolution procedures, including judicial dispute resolution.
Greg is a team-player who puts an emphasis on being responsive to clients and those with whom he works. He also values what professionalism and civility can bring to the table in solving problems. As he puts it, having lawyers on each side who can effectively communicate with one another is typically of great benefit to clients -- particularly so in contentious matters or wherever there are strained relationships.
As Greg says, the client's problem becomes our problem. Relying upon hard work, Greg seeks to put himself in the shoes of his clients, to effectively master the facts and issues, and to chart an effective path to resolution. In litigation matters, this typically means that Greg's goal is not to get to court but, instead, to use the litigation process and associated measures as a way of arriving at practical and creative solutions.
Outside of Work
Complementing his appreciation for all things music, Greg and his wife are keen travelers -- be it trips afar or hitching-up their tear-drop RV for North American destinations. In either case, he will likely have packed his blues harmonica just in case an opportunity for an impromptu jam arises.
Honours and Awards
Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement Martindale-Hubbell 2017
Canadian Bar Association (National) - Douglas Miller Award 2003
Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch President's Award 1999
Appointed Queen's Counsel 1996
Leadership and Executive
Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Member 2010-2015
Public Foundation for Art and Life Director 2009-Present
Canadian Bar Association (National) Annual Conference Chair 1999
Canadian Bar Association Alberta Mid-Winter Meeting Chair 1993
Joint Law Society & CBA Annual Meetings Substantive Program Chair 1988 & 1899
2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
1996 - Appointed Queen's Counsel
Greg draws on over 30 years of experience helping clients address problems through advice and negotiation and, where necessary, before the courts and administrative tribunals. Clients appreciate his responsive approach as well as his ability to quickly master facts and issues.
What follows is a recent assignment that illustrates Greg's go-to reputation for estate litigation:
•Winning an intra-family claim
Our client: Greg's client was the spouse of the deceased. A challenge was made to her ability to change her own will after the death of her husband.
Our Approach: Family tensions were high and a negotiated resolution was proving challenging. This was a circumstance where Greg concluded it was necessary to get the parties to court for a ruling, as effectively and efficiently as possible -- so as to give all parties their day in court.
The Result: His client prevailed and especially valued being backstopped by a court ruling to assist her with future family dealings.