Sandra Corbett, QC

Sandra Corbett, QC: Attorney with Field Law
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Biography

Sandra Corbett is a partner in the firm’s Edmonton office. Her practice focuses on resolution of complex tort and liability matters in the civil and commercial litigation areas, with an emphasis on insurance defence litigation. Sandra defends high-exposure claims arising from product liability, municipal and school liability, serious accidents, fire loss and business interruption. She also defends insurers in insurance coverage disputes.

Sandra regularly provides advice to U.S. law firms and manufacturers requiring cross-border litigation assistance. With nearly 30 years of experience helping clients navigate the Canadian regulatory regime and a strong grasp of similar U.S. federal and state regulations, she is well-positioned to assist U.S. clients seeking strategic insight into the procedural and substantive legal issues they face in Canada. Sandra frequently attends the DRI Product Liability Conference to keep abreast of developments in U.S. law and jurisprudence.

Sandra has defended clients in high-profile and groundbreaking disputes, including a personal injury lawsuit involving the highest potential liability exposure within the last 20 years in Alberta (MacCabe v. Westlock), and the first Alberta case in which a female plaintiff claimed that her earnings should be calculated based on male earning statistics.

In 2014, Sandra was elected as a Bencher (Director) to the Law Society of Alberta, a self-governing regulatory body responsible for establishing standards for Alberta lawyers. Since her election, Sandra has served as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, 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 and task forces addressing regulatory and disciplinary matters arising under the Legal Professions Act.

Sandra is a member of two vetted U.S. organizations, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). She served as Vice Chair of the FDCC International Practice & Law Section from 2012-13, and is presently Vice Chair of the FDCC Product Liability Section. She was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 2012, and is also a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).

Sandra has been heavily involved in improving the practice of law and advancing the interests of female practitioners in the civil defence bar, both in Canada and the U.S. She served as a Board Member of Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) from 2003-13, as CDL President from 2008-09, and was awarded the 2014 CDL Lee Samis Award of Excellence. Sandra served as the first Alberta lawyer on the Board of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar from 2008-11. Before serving on the DRI Board, she represented the Canadian region as General Council Representative from 2005-08. Sandra received a DRI State Leadership Award in 2008, an Exceptional Performance Citation in 2009, and a Service Award in 2001. In 2017, she received the DRI Mary Massaron Award for Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

Sandra has co-taught Insurance Law as a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta since 2012, and previously served as a volunteer for the Legal Education Society of Alberta. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences on numerous insurance, product liability, personal injury and commercial litigation topics.

Value to Clients

Sandra has extensive training and experience in adjudicating appeals and administrative law proceedings, which gives her valuable insight into how disputes are decided behind the scenes and makes her a more effective advocate for her litigation clients. She also has a calm demeanor that puts clients at ease during chaotic disputes and helps build client confidence in the strategies she develops. While she has a long track record of achieving favourable results in the courtroom, clients also appreciate her dedication to exploring every alternative for resolving disputes without the risk and expense of prolonged litigation.

Outside the Office

In her spare time, Sandra enjoys spending time with her family, reading, vacationing in tropical climates, and home decorating/renovation projects.

Recognition

Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice)
Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards
2017
Mary Massaron Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession
DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar
2017
Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
Martindale-Hubbell
2017
Distinguished
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
2017
Appointed Queen s Counsel
2014
Lee Samis Award of Excellence
Canadian Defence Lawyers
2014
Service Award
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
2011
Exceptional Performance Citation
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
2009
State Leadership Award
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
2008
Elected Member
The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
2012-Present
Member
ADTA - Association of Defence Trial Attorneys
2011-Present
Selected Member
Canadian Insurance Magazine Legal Expert Panel
2009-2010
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

Community

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
Complaint Review Committees - Hearing Tribunals Health Professions Act
Public Member
2003 - 2009
Syncrude s Fashion with Compassion
Steering Committee Member
The Danish Canadian Society (DANIA)
Board Member (Secretary)
1997 - 2001
LEAF - Women s Legal Education and Action Fund
Education Committee Chair
1998 - 2000
United Way
Account Executive (Edmonton Region)
1997 - 1999
LEAF - Women s Legal Education and Action Fund
Persons Day Breakfast Committee Member
1998 - 1999

Experience

Kahlon v Cheecham, 2015 ABQB 20, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Pagnucco v. Sears Canada Inc., 2011 ABQB 810, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Cartier v. Park, 2007 ABCA 179, Alberta Court of Appeal

Kubica v. Hagens, 2007 ABQB 741, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Cartier v. Park, 2006 ABCA 144, Alberta Court of Appeal

L.C. v. Park, 2005 ABQB 294, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Rewega v. Rewega, 2005 ABCA 365, Alberta Court of Appeal

B.R. v. L.R., 2004 ABQB 93, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Bourgeois v. Bolen, 2004 ABQB 35, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Dene Estate v. Baker, 2004 ABQB 811, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Dhingra v. Pham, 2004 ABQB 973, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Johnston v. Bryant, 2003 ABCA 169, Alberta Court of Appeal

Jervais v. Nendze, [2002] A.J. No. 902, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Severn v. Wowk, 2002 ABQB 1043, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Tulloch (Next Friend of) v. Quality Brake Inc., 2002 ABQB 1070, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Springer v. Thiede, 2001 ABQB 620, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Vollrath v. Bruce, 2001 ABQB 936, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Vollrath v. Bruce, 2000 ABQB 972, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Irion (Next Friend of) v. Debolt, 1999 ABQB 1019, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Wittmeier v. Scholes, 1999 ABQB 289, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Wittmeier v. Scholes, 1999 ABQB 4, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3197 v. Edmonton, 1998 ABCA 69, Alberta Court of Appeal

MacCabe v. Westlock, 1998 CanLII 18160 (AB QB), Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

MacCabe v. Westlock, 1999 ABQB 666, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Butler v. Oxford Developments Group Inc., [1997] A.J. No. 902, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Lalli v. Chawla, [1997] A.J. No. 457, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Maclauchlin v. Pieroelie, [1996] A.J. 557, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Versfelt v. Semler, [1996] A.J. No. 1073, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Youssef v. Pickerl, [1996] A.J. No. 800, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Gilchrist v. Oatway, [1995] A.J. No. 371, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Gilchrist v. Oatway, [1994] A.J. No. 679, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Northwestern Metal & Salvage Ltd. v. Alltar Roofing Ltd., [1994] A.J. No. 423, Alberta Court of Appeal

Sims v. Leduc, [1993] A.J. No. 608, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Amendola v. James, [1991] A.J. No. 320, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Amendola v. James, [1991] A.J. No. 426, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

Gustafson v. Tri S Dairy Equipment Ltd., [1991] A.J. No. 1103, Alberta Court of Appeal

Gartamk Investments Ltd. v. Rees, [1990] A.J. No. 941, Alberta Court of Queen s Bench

News + Views + Events

November 2017
Sandra Corbett, QC recognized with a Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award
For Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice
Sandra Corbett, QC, has won a 2017 Women In Law Leadership (WILL) Award in the area of Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice). The Award recognizes and applauds lawyers in private practice who has shown extraordinary leadership and a commitmen...
September 2016
Ledcor: Taming Sattva’s Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts
June 2016
Intensive Trial Advocacy Course
May 2016
Disappearing Drills in the Dominion - Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations When Confronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada
July 2015
Thou Shalt Not Deceive: The New Commandment for Canadian Business
March 2015
Recent Developments in the Canadian Law of Contract
December 2014
The Use of Internal Experts in Canadian Litigation
November 2014
Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations When Confronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada
October 2014
Accelerated Depreciation/Diminished Value
October 2014
Catastrophic Injuries
April 2014
Identifying, Selecting and Retaining Experts
August 2013
21st Century Task Force White Paper and Report (Sandra Corbett was a member of the task force)
June 2013
Cross Border Litigation: Securing Evidence in Other Jurisdictions
May 2013
Not In Kansas Any More : Enforcing American Letters of Request in Canada
March 2013
Retention Issues: Canadian Perspective
January 2013
Canada s Access to Information Act - The Disclosure of Third-Party Information
February 2013
Indemnity & Insurance Clauses in Litigation
July 2012
The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Conflict of Laws Rules
May 2012
The Disclosure of Confidential Third-Party Information
February 2012
Western Canadian Check Up on Auto Reform
September 2011
Alberta Workers Compensation Legislation
July 2011
Canadian Health Care System
February 2011
Moderator: Litigation, Mitigation and Strategies In Between
September 2010
Alberta s Minor Injury Regulation
September 2010
Indemnity and Insurance Clauses in Litigation
June 2010
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial
June 2009
Audio Conference Chair: Back to the Future: The Alberta Court of Appeal Reinstates Minor Injury Cap
2009
Compendium on the Law of Punitive Damages
January 2009
Discovery Preparation from a Defence Perspective
June 2007
SEF44 Family Protection - A Refresher and an Update
March 2007
Maternal Tort Liability
February 2007
Standardizing Limitation Periods for Actions on Insurance Contracts: Where Are We?
October 2006
Family Protection Endorsement S.E.F. No. 44
October 2005
Update on Liability Defences: Seatbelts, Intoxication, Left Hand Turns & Other Miscellaneous Examples of Contributory Negligence in Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Cases
May 2004
The Manufacturer s Duty to Warn: I Wouldn t Eat That If I Were You!
November 2003
Recent Developments in Disability Insurance Litigation
September 2003
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial
May 2003
Controlled & Controllable: Practice Tips in Bad Faith Claims
April 2003
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial
January 2003
Rules of Court Revisited: the 1999 Amendments
November 2002
Surveillance Evidence: Instruction, Disclosure & Use at Trial
October 2001
Expert Testimony in Civil Courts
May 2000
Expert Testimony
May 2000
School Liability: Recent Trends in Alberta Law
September 1999
Traumatic Brain Injury: Recent Trends in Alberta
October 1994
The Expert Witness in Court: Evidence Given by Doctors
1990
Surveillance Videotapes: Admissibility and Weight in the Canadian Civil Courts

Notable Work

•Defended a school teacher and school board against a claim by a student who was rendered a quadriplegic while participating in gymnastics class; the largest personal injury case in Alberta within the last 20 years - MacCabe v. Westlock
•Defended 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

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Insurance
  • Small + Medium Business
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Emerging Technology

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

DRI Product Liability Committee, International Legal Issues SLG
Chair
2016 - Present
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
Federation of Defense and Corporate Council, Product Liability Section
Vice Chair
2014 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
Elected Bencher
2014 - 2017
Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Committee
Member
2016 - 2017
Law Society of Alberta, Policy Committee
Vice Chair
2016 - 2017
Law Society of Alberta, Trust Safety Committee
Member
2016 - 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, Civil Practice Advisory Liaison
Liaison
2015 - 2017
Law Society of Alberta, Nominating Committee
Bencher-At-Large Member
2015 - 2016
Canadian Defence Lawyers, AGM Planning Committee
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
Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Insurance Law, Sessional Instructor
2012 - Present

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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  • 4.2/5.0 (2 reviews)
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    4.2/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.1/5.0
  • Communication

    4.1/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.2/5.0

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