Jessica recognizes that each matter is unique, and strives to provide individualized service to meet each of her clients' needs. Her clients include various utility and mining companies, municipalities, contractors, aggregate suppliers, insurers, landowners, and shareholders.
Jessica strives to find timely and cost-effective solutions to all manner of negligence, contractual, commercial leasing, transportation and construction-related disputes. She is a capable negotiator, and has successfully represented her clients' interests before several environmental tribunals and all levels of Court in Alberta. Recently, Jessica was a key member of a team which successfully defended two applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada on a variety of administrative issues arising from a tribunal's decision not to grant an applicant standing.
Energy, Environmental & Regulatory
Whether it be a minor spill or a catastrophic process failure, natural resource clients require immediate and decisive legal action. Jessica's commitment to promptly and efficiently respond to her clients' needs means she is particularly well-suited to serve clients in the mining and natural resource extraction industries. Those same clients can also rely on Jessica to provide practical, no-nonsense advice on how to prevent and respond to future contraventions.
Some of Jessica's recent experience includes:
•Assisting a municipality to respond to multiple appeals before the Environmental Appeal Board. Jessica assembled and coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of experts capable of responding to the various evidentiary issues brought forth by the appellants.
•Providing assistance and support to a major mining corporation undergoing an Environment Canada investigation. In doing so, Jessica provided on-site support to staff before, during, and after interviews with Environment Canada officers, and assisted with the recovery of privileged business records, seized pursuant to search warrants. As part of this task, Jessica collaborated with the client's staff and experts to develop a comprehensive timeline of events relevant to the contraventions.
•Representing a waterworks operator subject to enforcement orders under the Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act and the Water Act. Jessica worked closely with the operator to bring its operations into compliance with provincial and federal regulations and guidelines.
•Providing a comprehensive opinion regarding potential common law and statutory liability under the Fisheries Act, Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act, Species at Risk Act and various provincial regulations for the purpose of informing a utility client's maintenance and operations scheduling.
•Assisting various aggregate suppliers respond to enforcement orders and allegations of offenses and administrative penalties under the Water Act, the Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act and the relevant Codes of Practice for pit operators and outfall structures
•Providing advice and assistance to various suppliers and carriers respecting Alberta's transportation regulations.
Jessica is an active member of our Insurance and Risk Management Practice Group, and represents various insurers in personal injury claims involving motor vehicle accidents, product liability actions and slip and falls.
Jessica is well-versed in the Rules of Court, which she regularly leverages to push stagnant claims forward in a timely fashion. She has a keen eye for settlement opportunities, and strives to provide her insurance clients with the information and tools they need to efficiently drive their files to a cost-effective resolution.
Jessica applies these same skills to her commercial litigation practice, which includes:
•Recovery of unpaid invoices on behalf of contractors, small businesses, and aggregate suppliers
•Providing advice and assistance to various transportation companies and carriers with respect to their possessory lien rights.
•Litigating disputes arising from alleged construction deficiencies in municipal, residential, and commercial projects.
•Representing residential and commercial landlords in recovery of unpaid rent and other commercial leasing disputes.
•Advocating on behalf of landowners respecting the negligent construction and reclamation of pipeline infrastructure across their lands.
•Bringing oppression and related actions on behalf of distressed shareholders.
Jessica is also experienced in loan realization and creditors' remedies.
In addition to her own practice, Jessica works closely with some of our more senior practitioners, lending her document management, research, and briefing skills to provide our clients with cost-effective advice and representation. Recently, Jessica was a key member of a team which successfully defended two applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada on a variety of procedural and administrative issues. She also has extensive experience managing large and technically-complex document productions for municipal, corporate, and utility clients.
• McLennan Ross Environmental Release Reporting Series Part 3: What to Expect After You Report a Release , Stuart Chambers and Jessica Proudfoot, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2016
• Province Cannot Abdicate its Decision-Making Powers to the NEB , McLennan Ross Email Alert, 2016
• McLennan Ross Environmental Release Reporting Series Part 2: Best Practices for Pre-Release Planning , Stuart Chambers and Jessica Proudfoot, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2015
• McLennan Ross Environmental Release Reporting Series Part 1: An Overview of Your Release Reporting Obligations , Stuart Chamber and Jessica Proudfoot, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2015
• How to Decide if Court of Queen's Bench or Provincial Court is Best for Your Claim , Jessica Proudfoot and Sarah Levine, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2015
• New Duty of Honest Performance , Graham McLennan, Q.C., ICD.D and Jessica Proudfoot, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2014
• Provincial Court Expected to Increase Financial Limits , McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2014
• Arbitrating Essential Terms of a Construction Contract , McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2013
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities
•Class Facilitator, CPLED Negotiation Module
•Chairperson of the Board, Student Legal Services of Edmonton
•Volunteer Coordinator, Edmonton Folk Music Festival
•Firm Coordinator, Pro Bono Alberta's Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project
•Firm Liaison, McLennan Ross United Way Committee
•Former Member at Large, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section - Northern