Leah McDaniel

Leah McDaniel: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

Leah McDaniel is an Edmonton-based lawyer focused on professional regulatory, civil litigation and labour and employment law. Regulatory colleges and associations look to Leah for practical advice on issues around continuing compliance, registration and discipline, and in defending lawsuits brought against them.

I have a strong intellectual curiosity that serves my clients well. It allows me to approach each issue analytically. It's my job to ensure clients understand the current and future implications of any issue and to present a practical and thoughtful solution. My clients are business partners who deserve my full attention and commitment.

In her labour and employment practice, she helps a broad range of employees and employers deal with employment matters that include human rights issues, performance concerns, labour relations, corporate policy and contract disputes. In her civil litigation practice, Leah offers strategic counsel around a wide variety of civil disputes. She has appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta, and several administrative tribunals. She clerked for the Alberta Court of Appeal before joining Field Law.

Clients appreciate Leah's generalist perspective as her experience in various practice areas allows her to see each issue from a comprehensive viewpoint and address emerging issues that her clients may not be aware of.

Previous experience in project management and corporate communications has taught Leah the importance of understanding an audience and the need to have strong communications and advocacy skills. This has translated well for her as a lawyer when dealing with her clients, the courts and opposing counsel. I'm able to know the value of putting myself into their shoes, understanding their perspectives and communicating our side effectively.

Outside of Work

When she's not working, Leah enjoys family time and the outdoors - especially hiking and biking in Edmonton's River Valley. Leah is also a dancer by background, doing ballet and competing as an Irish dancer.

Honours and Awards

Raymond James Memorial Prize for highest standing in Trusts Law 2013
First Place Team Laskin National Memorial Moot Competition 2013
Valedictorian University of Alberta Law 2013
Alberta Premier's Silver Medal 2013
Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law 2013
Bishop & McKenzie Prize for highest standing in Corporations Law 2012
TJ Costigan QC Memorial Prize for highest standing in Tort Law 2011
Dr. Hazel Rutherford McCuaig Award for highest standing in Property Law 2011

Published Works

Articles

Significant Consequences Mean Significant Procedural Rights: Alberta Court of Appeal Provides Guidance on Procedural Fairness in Incapacity Assessments Perspectives for the Professions March 2016
Case Summary: Standard of Review in Discipline Matter Perspectives for the Professions October 2015
Case Summary: Expired Appeals Perspectives for the Professions October 2015
October 2015 Brings Key Upcoming Employer Obligations: Minimum Wage Increases and Federal Election Responsibilities Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) September 2015
Clarifying the Legal Test for Family Status Discrimination: Federal Court of Appeal Rules Employers Discriminated by Failing to Accommodate Employees' Childcare Needs Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) August 2014

Experience

Leah's client was elected to a provincial body, but his election was challenged by an opponent. Another lawyer (a sole practitioner) successfully defended the challenge in the Court of Queen's Bench but when the opponent appealed it, the sole practitioner referred the matter to Field Law to handle. The client then turned to Leah and her colleague to defend the appeal.

Leah and her colleague did extensive research and analysis around a somewhat novel case and effectively argued that the election challenge was without merit. Leah and her colleague's arguments were accepted by the Court of Appeal, who ruled in favour of the client. The client was pleased to end a long-standing challenge and get back to focusing on his role as an elected official.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Professional Regulatory
  • Litigation
  • Labour and Employment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 9594  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com/lawyer_overview.asp?lawyerID=338
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, With Distinction, 2007; University of Alberta, Juris Doctor, With Distinction, 2014
Admission:
2014, Alberta Bar
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Leah and are representative of Leah's experience. M.K. Engineering Inc. v. Plecash 2015 ABCA 311 Alberta Court of Appeal 2015; Mueller v. Oko 2015 ABCA 194 Alberta Court of Appeal 2015
ISLN:
923099907

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