Sandra Corbett, QC

Sandra Corbett, QC: Attorney with Field Law
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Biography

Sandra's practice focuses on resolution of complex tort and liability matters in the civil and commercial litigation areas, and in particular, in insurance defence litigation. She has appeared at all levels of the Alberta Courts, and has extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution proceedings, including both judicial and private mediation.

Sandra has defended claims arising from product, municipal and school liability, and from serious accidents. Select Trial experience includes successful defence of a municipality against allegations of defective road design and defective gravelling operations (Sims v. Leduc); defence of allegations of chronic pain arising from motor vehicle accidents (Amendola v. James, Gilchrist v. Oatway, Youssef v. Pickerl, Versfelt v. Semler, Wittmeier v. Scholes, Vollrath v. Bruce, and Cho v. Gordon), and defence of a school teacher and school board sued by a student rendered a quadriplegic while taking part in a gymnastics class (MacCabe v. Westlock).

Sandra has defended fire loss and business interruption claims, and has been involved in resolution and litigation of insurance coverage issues. Sandra has also provided advice to American attorneys and manufacturers requiring cross border litigation assistance, and is familiar with the Canadian regulatory regime. Sandra regularly attends the DRI Product Liability Conference to keep abreast of developments in American law and jurisprudence.

Sandra is extensively involved in the civil defence bar in Canada, and in the United States. Sandra served as a Board Member of Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) from 2003 to 2013. She was CDL President in 2008 to 2009. Canadian Defence Lawyers is a national organization representing the interests of civil defence lawyers. Sandra chaired and served on numerous Board Committees during her 10 year term. CDL was awarded an “Outstanding Defense Bar Association” award by DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar during Sandra's presidency.

Sandra also served on the Board of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar (2008 to 2011). DRI is an American national defense attorney organization with membership of 22,000 plus. Prior to serving on the DRI Board, Sandra represented the Canadian region as General Council Representative (2005 to 2008). Sandra is the first Albertan to have served on the DRI Board. Sandra has received a DRI State Leadership Award (2008), an Exceptional Performance Citation (2009), and a Service Award (2011). While on the Board, Sandra acted as a liaison to substantive law Committees, and served on other Board Committees and Task Forces. Sandra remains involved in the Product Liability Committee.

Sandra enjoys membership in two vetted American organizations, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). She was Vice Chair of the FDCC International Practice & Law Section from 2012 to 2013, and is presently Vice Chair of the FDCC Product Liability Section. She was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 2012. She also enjoys membership in the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).

Sandra was honoured to be elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta in November, 2014. As a Bencher, Sandra has served as Chair of the Trust Safety Committee, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee, and Vice Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee in addition to serving as a member of a number of adjudicative Committees addressing regulatory and disciplinary matters arising under the Legal Professions Act.

Sandra is a member of the CBA-Alberta Branch Provincial Council, and served as President of the Edmonton Bar Association.

Sandra has co-taught Insurance Law as a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta since January, 2012. Insurance Law is a substantive course for second and third year law students. In addition to serving as a sessional instructor, Sandra has served as a volunteer for Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA). LESA serves the educational and professional development needs of Alberta lawyers, articling students and staff. Sandra has organized and chaired full day seminars in Edmonton and Calgary including Insurance and Personal Injury Update (2012), Insurance Act (2007), Insurance Update (2007), Insurance Update (2003). She has lectured on topics including the Rules of Court, disability insurance, and the Family Protection Endorsement. She has instructed both Trial Advocacy and Examinations for Discovery through the bar admission/CPLED Alberta courses (2001 to 2009), and served as a Competency Evaluator for both Interviewing and Negotiations in the CPLED Alberta program (2010 to 2014). Sandra has also been involved in providing continuing legal education through Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL). Sandra organized and co-chaired full day regional seminars on topics of interest to civil defence lawyers in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009. In addition, Sandra has organized and chaired Canadian Defence Lawyers' national Annual Meeting and Conference twice (2007 and 2012). Sandra has lectured at CDL regional and national conferences on topics including surveillance evidence, bad faith, products liability, and liability defences.

Honours and Awards

Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar 2017
Appointed Queen's Counsel 2014
Lee Samis Award of Excellence Canadian Defence Lawyers 2014
Elected Member The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation 2012-Present
Service Award DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar 2011
Member ADTA - Association of Defence Trial Attorneys 2011-Present
Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement Martindale-Hubbell 2017
Selected Member Canadian Insurance Magazine Legal Expert Panel 2009-2010
Exceptional Performance Citation DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar 2009
Elected Member IADC- International Association of Defense Counsel 2008-Present
Elected Member FDCC - Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel 2008-Present
Elected Canadian Regional Director DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar 2008-2011
State Leadership Award DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar 2008
BV Peer Review Rated LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell 2007
CV Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell 2000

Leadership and Executive

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations

Council of College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta Public Member 2011 - Present
Compassion House Foundation Secretary 2007-2012
Compassion House Foundation Board Member 2006-2012
Syncrude's Fashion with Compassion Steering Committee Member 2007
Complaint Review Committees - Hearing Tribunals Health Professions Act Public Member 2003-2009
LEAF - Women's Legal Education and Action Fund Education Committee Chair 1998-2000
LEAF - Women's Legal Education and Action Fund Persons' Day Breakfast Committee Member 1998-1999
United Way Account Executive (Edmonton Region) 1997-1999
The Danish Canadian Society (DANIA) Board Member (Secretary) 1997-2001

Presentations

Lecturer / Teaching Positions

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

Insurance Law (Sessional Instructor) Faculty of Law, University of Alberta 2012 to Present
Examinations for Discovery CPLED Alberta 2004 to 2009
Trial Advocacy - Bar Admission Course Legal Education Society of Alberta 2001 to 2004

Past Presentations

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

Intensive Trial Advocacy Course Legal Education Society of Alberta June 2016
Disappearing Drills in the Dominion - Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations WhenConfronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada International Association of Defense Counsel Canadian Regional Meeting May 2016
Accelerated Depreciation/Diminished Value CDL/CICMA Joint Conference October 2014
Catastrophic Injuries The Best Defence, Canadian Defence Lawyers October 2014
Identifying, Selecting and Retaining Experts ATDA Annual Meeting April 2014
Cross Border Litigation: Securing Evidence in Other Jurisdictions IADC Canadian Regional Meeting June 2013
Retention Issues: Canadian Perspective FDCC Winter Meeting March 2013
Indemnity & Insurance Clauses in Litigation Northern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society February 2013
Co-Chair: Annual Meeting Canadian Defence Lawyers June 2012
Chair: Insurance and Personal Injury Update Legal Education Society of Alberta May 2012
Canadian Health Care System DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Claims Seminar April 2012
Western Canadian Check Up on Auto Reform CICMA/CIAA Annual Joint Conference February 2012
Alberta Workers' Compensation Legislation Field Law Clients and Guests September 2011
Canadian Health Care System IADC Annual Meeting July 2011
Moderator: Litigation, Mitigation and Strategies In Between CICMA/CIAA Annual Joint Conference February 2011
Indemnity and Insurance Clauses in Litigation RIMS Canada Conference September 2010
Alberta's Minor Injury Regulation Client Seminar September 2010
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting June 2010
Audio Conference Chair: Back to the Future: The Alberta Court of Appeal Reinstates Minor Injury Cap Canadian Defence Lawyers June 2009
Co-Chair: Defence Briefs Canadian Defence Lawyers February 2009
Discovery Preparation from a Defence Perspective Canadian Bar Association Alberta Law Conference January 2009
Chair: Insurance Act Legal Education Society of Alberta November 2008
Chair: Insurance Update Legal Education Society of Alberta June 2007
SEF44 Family Protection - A Refresher and an Update Legal Education Society of Alberta June 2007
Chair: Annual Meeting - Renovate Your Practice Canadian Defence Lawyers May 2007
Maternal Tort Liability Insurance Section South, Canadian Bar Association March 2007
Standardizing Limitation Periods for Actions on Insurance Contracts: Where Are We? CICMA/CIAA 40th Annual Joint Conference February 2007
Co-Chair: Defence Briefs Canadian Defence Lawyers October 2006
Family Protection Endorsement S.E.F. No. 44 Client Seminar October 2006
Chair: Defence Briefs Canadian Defence Lawyers October 2005
Update on Liability Defences: Seatbelts, Intoxication, Left Hand Turns & Other Miscellaneous Examples of Contributory Negligence in Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Cases Canadian Defence Lawyers Defence Briefs October 2005
Co-Chair: Defence Briefs Canadian Defence Lawyers November 2004
The Manufacturer's Duty to Warn: I Wouldn't Eat That If I Were You! Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting May 2004
Recent Developments in Disability Insurance Litigation Legal Education Society of Alberta November 2003
Co-Chair: Current Defence Issues Canadian Defence Lawyers November 2003
Chair: Insurance Update Legal Education Society of Alberta November 2003
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial The Best Defence, Canadian Defence Lawyers September 2003
Controlled & Controllable: Practice Tips in Bad Faith Claims Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Meeting May 2003
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial Insurance Section North, Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch April 2003
Rules of Court Revisited: the 1999 Amendments Legal Education Society of Alberta January 2003
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial Current Defence Issues, Canadian Defence Lawyers November 2002
Expert Testimony in Civil Courts CATAIR Prairie Chapter October 2001
Expert Testimony Technical Collision Analysis Level III, Canadian Traffic Education Centre May 2000
School Liability: Recent Trends in Alberta Law Professional Development Network May 2000
Traumatic Brain Injury: Recent Trends in Alberta Insurance Institute of Northern Alberta September 1999

Published Works

Articles

Ledcor: Taming Sattva's Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts Insurance Alert September 2016
Ledcor: Taming Sattva's Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts The Advisor September 2016
Thou Shalt Not Deceive: The New Commandment for Canadian Business The Advisor July 2015
Recent Developments in the Canadian Law of Contract For the Defense (DRI) March 2015
The Use of Internal Experts in Canadian Litigation For the Defense (DRI) December 2014
Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations When Confronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada For the Defense (DRI) November 2014
21st Century Task Force White Paper and Report (Sandra Corbett was a member of the task force) For the Defense (DRI) August 2013
Not In Kansas Any More : Enforcing American Letters of Request in Canada For the Defense (DRI) May 2013
Canada's Access to Information Act - The Disclosure of Third-Party Information Field Notes January 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Conflict of Laws Rules For the Defense (DRI) July 2012
The Disclosure of Confidential Third-Party Information For the Defense (DRI) May 2012
Compendium on the Law of Punitive Damages DRI 2009
The Expert Witness in Court: Evidence Given by Doctors Law Now October 1994
Surveillance Videotapes: Admissibility and Weight in the Canadian Civil Courts The Advocates' Quarterly 1990

Accolades

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2014 - Lee Samis Award of Excellence
2014 - Appointed Queen's Counsel

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 643 8755  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts Special, English/French Literature, 1986
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1989
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Law Society of Alberta, Trust Safety Committee Member 2016-2017
Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Committee Member 2016-2017
Law Society of Alberta, Policy Committee Vice Chair 2016-2017
Law Society of Alberta, Civil Practice Advisory Liaison Liaison 2015-2017
Law Society of Alberta, Appeals Committee Member 2015-2017
Law Society of Alberta, Assurance Fund Adjudications (Finance) Committee Member 2015-2017
Law Society of Alberta, Credentials and Education Committee Member 2015-2017
Law Society of Alberta Elected Bencher 2014-2017
Federation of Defense and Corporate Council, Membership Development & Retention Committee Vice Chair - International 2016-Present
International Association of Defense Counsel, Casualty Sub-Committee, Insurance and Reinsurance Committee Vice Chair 2016-Present
DRI Product Liability Committee, International Legal Issues SLG Chair 2016-Present
Federation of Defense and Corporate Council, Product Liability Section Vice Chair 2014-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch, Provincial Council Council Member 2013-Present
Edmonton Bar Association Board Member 2011-Present
Canadian Defence Lawyers, AGM Planning Committee Member 2015-2016
Law Society of Alberta, Nominating Committee Bencher-At-Large Member 2015-2016
Law Society of Alberta, Professional Responsibility Committee Vice Chair 2015-2016
DRI Product Liability Committee, International Legal Issues SLG Vice Chair 2014-2016
Canadian Defence Lawyers, CDL Historical Committee Chair 2014-2015
Lawyers For Civil Justice Associate Member 2013-2015
Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch, Provincial Council Membership Chair 2013-2015
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Membership Committee Member 2011-2015
Law Society of Alberta, Practice Review Committee Member 2014
Edmonton Bar Association Immediate Past President 2013-2014
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Product Liability Committee Canadian Marketing Chair 2012-2014
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, International Committee North American Membership Chair 2011-2014
Canadian Defence Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee Interim Chair 2013
Law Society of Alberta, Civil Practice Advisory Liaison Member 2013
Edmonton Bar Association President 2012-2013
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, International Practice & Law Section Vice Chair 2012-2013
Canadian Defence Lawyers Board Member 2003-2013
Law Society of Alberta, Professional Responsibility Committee Member 2012
Edmonton Bar Association Vice President 2011-2012
Canadian Defence Lawyers, AGM Planning Committee Chair 2011-2012
Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Committee Member 2008-2011
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar Canadian Regional Director 2008-2011
Canadian Defence Lawyers Immediate Past President 2009-2010
Canadian Defence Lawyers, Past Presidents' Committee Chair 2009-2010
Canadian Defence Lawyers President 2008-2009
Canadian Defence Lawyers, Executive Committee Chair 2008-2009
Canadian Defence Lawyers Vice President 2007-2008
Canadian Defence Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee Chair 2007-2008
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar Council Representative for Canada 2005-2008
Law Society of Alberta, Civil Practice Advisory Liaison Vice Chair 2007
Law Society of Alberta, Civil Practice Advisory Liaison Member 2005-2007
Canadian Defence Lawyers Treasurer 2005
Law Society of Alberta, Insurance Committee Member 2000-2002

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Kahlon v Cheecham 2015 ABQB 20 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2015; Pagnucco v. Sears Canada Inc. 2011 ABQB 810 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; Kubica v. Hagens 2007 ABQB 741 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2007; Cartier v. Park 2007 ABCA 179 Alberta Court of Appeal 2007; Cartier v. Park 2006 ABCA 144 Alberta Court of Appeal 2006; L.C. v. Park 2005 ABQB 294 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Rewega v. Rewega 2005 ABCA 365 Alberta Court of Appeal 2005; Dhingra v. Pham 2004 ABQB 973 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; B.R. v. L.R. 2004 ABQB 93 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Dene Estate v. Baker 2004 ABQB 811 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Bourgeois v. Bolen 2004 ABQB 35 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Johnston v. Bryant 2003 ABCA 169 Alberta Court of Appeal 2003; Tulloch (Next Friend of) v. Quality Brake Inc. 2002 ABQB 1070 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Severn v. Wowk 2002 ABQB 1043 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Jervais v. Nendze [2002] A.J. No. 902 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Vollrath v. Bruce 2001 ABQB 936 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Springer v. Thiede 2001 ABQB 620 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Vollrath v. Bruce 2000 ABQB 972 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Wittmeier v. Scholes 1999 ABQB 4 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Wittmeier v. Scholes 1999 ABQB 289 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Irion (Next Friend of) v. Debolt 1999 ABQB 1019 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; MacCabe v. Westlock 1999 ABQB 666 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; MacCabe v. Westlock 1998 CanLII 18160 (AB QB) Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3197 v. Edmonton 1998 ABCA 69 Alberta Court of Appeal 1998; Butler v. Oxford Developments Group Inc. [1997] A.J. No. 902 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1997; Lalli v. Chawla [1997] A.J. No. 457 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1997; Youssef v. Pickerl [1996] A.J. No. 800 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Versfelt v. Semler [1996] A.J. No. 1073 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Maclauchlin v. Pieroelie [1996] A.J. 557 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Gilchrist v. Oatway [1995] A.J. No. 371 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1995; Gilchrist v. Oatway [1994] A.J. No. 679 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Northwestern Metal & Salvage Ltd. v. Alltar Roofing Ltd. [1994] A.J. No. 423 Alberta Court of Appeal 1994; Sims v. Leduc [1993] A.J. No. 608 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1993; Amendola v. James [1991] A.J. No. 426 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Amendola v. James [1991] A.J. No. 320 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Gustafson v. Tri S Dairy Equipment Ltd. [1991] A.J. No. 1103 Alberta Court of Appeal 1991; Gartamk Investments Ltd. v. Rees [1990] A.J. No. 941 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1990
ISLN:
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