Kevin Feth, Q.C.

Kevin Feth, Q.C.: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

Kevin Feth's practice is primarily in labour/employment, education law, and civil litigation.

Kevin is the past Chair of the firm's Labour and Employment Practice Group in Edmonton. As Counsel, he has represented clients in labour arbitrations (under both provincial legislation and the Canada Labour Code), before the Alberta Labour Relations Board, and at the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. He provides strategic advice to clients about collective bargaining, human rights, the duty to accommodate, interest arbitration, corporate reorganizations, and management of personnel. His clients include public institutions, professional associations, provincially and federally regulated corporations, Metis Settlements, and First Nations. He was a sessional instructor in Labour Law at the University of Alberta Law School from 2004 to 2009, and is one of the authors of Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Carswell 1999). He is also a past Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees for the Alberta Regional Division.

Kevin is the Chair of the firm's Post-Secondary Education Practice Group and a member of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors. As senior legal advisor to Canada's second largest university and counsel to several other post-secondary institutions, he provides legal advice about institutional policy, legislative compliance, labour relations, human rights, research integrity policies, government policy, and administrative practice and procedure.

Kevin's litigation practise emphasizes product liability defence, commercial lawsuits and arbitrations, professional liability defence, and policing law. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's National Civil Litigation Section, and the past Chair of the Civil Practice Advisory Committee of the Law Society of Alberta. He is also a frequent instructor in Civil Litigation at the Alberta Bar Admission/CPLED course. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all court levels in Alberta, the Federal Court of Canada, numerous administrative tribunals (including the Law Enforcement Review Board, the Farm Implement Board, and the Alberta Hospital Privileges Appeal Board), and local and international commercial arbitral panels.

Kevin is the past president of the Law Society of Alberta, having served as a Bencher since 2009. He recently served on the National Council of the Canadian Bar Association, after four years on the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch). He has been a guest speaker for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, several sections of the Canadian Bar Association, the Faculties of Law and Education at the University of Alberta, Concordia College, and the Calgary Labour Arbitration Conference. He has presented papers for continuing legal education programs, has been published in the Lawyers Weekly and an academic journal, and serves as an occasional peer reviewer for the Alberta Law Review.

Kevin has served as the Vice-President of Pro Bono Law Alberta, a supervising lawyer with the Pro Bono Students Project, and chairperson of Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Additionally, he is the past President of the Alumni and Friends of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Association, and recently served as a Group Commissioner for Scouts Canada.

Leadership and Executive

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations

Law Society of Alberta President 2014-2015
Alumni and Friends of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Association President 2011-2013
Pro Bono Law Alberta Vice President 2009-2013
Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference Advisory Committee Member 2010-2012
Pro Bono Students Canada Supervising Lawyer 2007-2010
Scouts Canada Group Commissioner 2007-2010
Student Legal Services of Edmonton Chair 1988

Presentations

Lecturer / Teaching Positions

The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by Kevin:

Civil Litigation (CPLED/Bar Admission Course) Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education 1998-2012
Labour Law (Sessional Instructor) University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Law 555 2004-2009

Past Presentations

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

Evidence in the Digital Era CBA Skilled Lawyer Series January 2015
Using Social Media in Civil Litigation CBA Canadian Legal Conference August 2014
The Future of the Legal Profession CBA Alberta Law Conference January 2014
Employment Litigation 2.0 - Evidence in the Age of Social Media Legal Education Society of Alberta October/November 2012
Evidence for Litigators Legal Education Society of Alberta April 2011
New Evidentiary Issues in Cases Involving Computers, Social Media and the Internet Calgary Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference June 2010
Student/Professor Fraternization Issues in Post-Secondary Education Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education April 2010
Cross-Examination Legal Education Society of Alberta January 2009
Techniques in Cross-Examination Administrative Law Section, Canadian Bar Association 2008
Update on the Duty to Accommodate for Workers With Disabilities Legal Education Society of Alberta 2007
Mandatory Retirement Elder Law Section, Canadian Bar Association November 2005
Update on Wrongful Dismissal Legal Education Society of Alberta 2005
Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal Legal Education Society of Alberta 2005
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employees Calgary Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference June 2004
Education Malpractice and Section 43 of the Criminal Code University of Alberta Faculty of Education 1995-2003
Education Law Western Canadian Educational Staff Officers Conference 2000
Education Law Concordia College 1998

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Law Society of Alberta President 2014-2015
CBA Alberta Law Conference Organizing Committee Member 2013
Dean's Advisory Committee, University of Alberta Faculty of Law Member 2011-2013
Alumni and Friends of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Association President 2011-2013
Pro Bono Law Alberta Vice President 2009-2013
CBA Alberta Law Conference Organizing Committee Member 2011
Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference Co-Chair 2013
Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference Advisory Committee Member 2010-2012
Pro Bono Students Canada Supervising Lawyer 2007-2010
Scouts Canada Group Commissioner 2007-2010
CBA Alberta Law Conference Organizing Committee Member 2009
Alberta Law Review Peer Reviewer 2006
Alberta Law Review Peer Reviewer 2004
Student Legal Services of Edmonton Chair 1988

Published Works

Books

Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Editor) Carswell 1999

Articles

Utilizing Social Media in Civil Litigation: The Collection, Preservation, and Value of New Forms of Evidence Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference August 2014
Employment Litigation 2.0 - Evidence in the Age of Social Media Legal Education Society of Alberta October 2012
Another Brick in the Wall: Arbitrator Upholds Discharge for Offensive Facebook Postings Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) March 2012
Evidentiary Issues in the Electronic Social Networking Universe: A Management Perspective Labour Arbitration Yearbook 2011
Evidentiary Issues in the Electronic Social Networking Universe Lancaster House (Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference) June 2010
The Power of Pro Bono: Stepping Up The Advisory June 2010
Strategic Priorities Identified for Pro Bono Law Alberta The Advisory April 2010
Distinguishing the Permissible from the Forbidden in Student-Faculty Relationships Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education April 2010
Pro Bono Publico: For the Public Good Law Matters Spring 2010
Promise Not to Dismiss Employee Suffices as Consideration for Restrictive Covenant Lawyers' Weekly November 2007
Update on the Duty to Accommodate for Workers with Disabilities Legal Education Society of Alberta June 2007
You Raise the Issue - Employee Appearance and Reasonable Notice Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Fall 2005
An Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal Legal Education Society of Alberta 2005
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employers Calgary Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference 2004
You Raise the Issue - Legal Restrictions When Hiring Employees Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Summer 2001
Education Malpractice Western Canadian Educational Staff Officers Conference February 2000
You Raise the Issue - Maximizing a Severance Package for RRSPs and Dismissing Employees for Misconduct Outside of Work Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring 1996
Hospital Privileges and Quasi-Judicial Immunity (Case Comment) Administrative Law Reports April 1996

Accolades

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2014 - 2017 - Best Lawyers International
2014 - 2015 - President, Law Society of Alberta
2010 - Appointed Queen's Counsel

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Labour and Employment
  • Education
  • Police Services
  • Metis and First Nations
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7626  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, 1986
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1989
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Alberta
Memberships:

Association

Law Society of Alberta President 2014-2015
Law Society of Alberta, Board of Directors Bencher 2009-2015
Law Society of Alberta, Executive Committee Member 2011-2015
Law Society of Alberta, Legal Aid Working Group Chair 2014-2015
Law Society of Alberta, Alternative Business Structures Task Force Chair 2014-2015
Law Society of Alberta, Access to Justice Committee Chair 2013-2014
Law Society of Alberta, Finance Committee Chair 2011-2012
Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Committee Chair 2012-2013
Law Society of Alberta, Quality Assurance Policy Task Force Chair 2010-2011
Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Process Task Force (Alternative Measures) Chair 2011-2012
Law Society of Alberta, Security of Trust Property Task Force Vice Chair 2010-2011
Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Committee Vice Chair 2010-2011
Law Society of Alberta, Civil Practice Advisory Liaison Chair 2009-2010
Law Society of Alberta, Finance Committee Vice Chair 2009-2010
Canadian Bar Association, National Council Member 2012-2013
Canadian Bar Association, National Sections Council Member 2012-2013
Canadian Bar Association, National Civil Litigation Section Chair 2012-2013
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Provincial Council Council Member 2008-2012
Employment Insurance Commission Board of Referees Chair 1996-1999

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Alberta Union of Provincial Employees v. Alberta (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission) 2017 ABQB 266 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2017; Sesek v. Awad 2017 ABQB 57 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2017; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge No. 1722 v. Aurora Peat Products ULC 2016 AB LRB 69700 Alberta Labour Relations Board 2016; Kikino Metis Settlement v. Husky Oil Operations Limited 2016 ABCA 228 Alberta Court of Appeal 2016; Norman C. Beaulieu v. Governors of the University of Alberta, et al. 2014 SCC 35952 Canada Supreme Court 2014; Thomson v. University of Alberta 2014 ABQB 434 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2014; Tulip v. University of Alberta (Governors) 2014 ABQB 67 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2014; Beaulieu v University of Alberta 2014 ABCA 137 Alberta Court of Appeal 2014; Powder Creek Farms Ltd. v. CNH America LLC 2013 ABQB 622 Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta 2013; Beaulieu v. University of Alberta 2013 ABQB 237 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2013; Thomson v. University of Alberta 2013 ABQB 128 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2013; Thomson v University of Alberta 2013 ABCA 391 Alberta Court of Appeal 2013; Alberta Health Services v Alberta Union of Provincial Employees 2013 ABCA 243 Court of Appeal 2013; Canada Post Corp. v. C.U.P.W. (2012), 216 L.A.C. (4th) 207 Labour Arbitration Canada 2012; Alberta (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development) v. Cunningham 2011 SCC 37 Supreme Court of Canada 2011; Cunningham v. Alberta (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development) 2009 ABCA 239 Alberta Court of Appeal 2009; R. v. Strom [2007] A.J. No. 375 Alberta Provincial Court 2007; Prefontaine v. Bell [2006] A.J. No. 1615 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Wasylyshen v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. [2006] A.J. No. 1169 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Butte Farms '87 Ltd. V. Concord Ltd. [2005] A.J. No. 549 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Fort McMurray Catholic Boar dof Education v. Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission [2005] A.J. No. 232 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Gutierrez v. Jeske [2005] A.J. No. 1775 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Gutierrez v. Jeske [2005] A.J. No. 1766 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Gutierrez v. Jeske [2004] A.J. No. 209 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Woo v. Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission [2003] A.J. No. 986 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; Gutierrez v. Jeske [2003] A.J. No. 958 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; Assaly v. Drever [2002] A.J. No. 103 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Societe canadienne despostes c. Syndicat des travailleurs des postes (grief de Dahl, STTP 730-95-03496, Ponak, arbitra) [2001] D.A.T.C. no 102 Canadian Labour Arbitration Decisions 2001; Canada Post Corp. v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers (Dahl Grievance, CUPW 730-95-03495, Arb. Ponak) [2001] C.L.A.D. No. 102 Canadian Labour Arbitration Decisions 2001; Equity Network Inc. v. Reid [2001] A.J. No. 409 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes c. Societe canadienne des postes (grief de Douziech, STTP 730-95-03434, Norman, arbitre) [2000] D.A.T.C. no 269 Canadian Labour Arbitration Decisions 2000; Canadian Union of Postal Workers v. Canada Post Corp. (Douziech Grievance, CUPW 730-95-03434, Arb. Norman) [2000] C.L.A.D. No. 269 Canadian Labour Arbitration Decisions 2000; C.G. v. C.L. [1996] A.J. No. 414 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; C.G. v. C.L. [1996] A.J. No. 1251 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; R. v. Lasecki (S.C.C.) [1995] S.C.C.A. No. 480 Supreme Court of Canada 1995; Long Lake Cree Nation v. Canada (Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs) [1995] F.C.J. No. 1020 Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division 1995; R. v. Gee [1995] A.J. No. 1655 Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division 1995; Edmonton Freightliner Ltd. V. Hamilton [1995] A.J. No. 1426 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1995; Stone v. Sentinel Storage Corp. [1995] A.J. No. 1003 Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division 1995; Nation Crie de Long Lake c. Canada (ministre des affaires indiennes et du Nord canadien) [1995] A.C.F. no 1020 Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division 1995; Reference re: Electoral Divisions Statutes Amendment Act, 1993 (Alta.) [1994] A.J. No. 768 Alberta Court of Appeal 1994; Whicker v. Alberta [1994] A.J. No. 1345 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Lac la Biche (Town) v. Alberta (Alta. C.A.) 1993 A.J. No. 263 Alberta Court of Appeal 1993; Dunwoody Furs Ltd. V. People Against Cruel Trapping Society (PACT) [1992] A.J. No. 835 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; TransAlta Utilities Corp. v. High Tree Services Ltd. [1992] A.J. No. 1269 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; re Electoral Boundaries Commision Act (Alberta) 86 D.L.R. (4th) 447 Alberta Court of Appeal 1991; Reference re Electoral Boundaires Commission Act (Alta.)(Alta. C.A.) [1991] A.J. No. 1065 Alberta Court of Appeal 1991
ISLN:
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