Laura Dunnigan
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9709

Laura practises in all areas of corporate/commercial litigation and dispute resolution with a special focus on labour and employment law. She has experience in a variety of areas including contractual disputes, construction law, insurance law, wrongful dismissal, employment standards, human rights, privacy, labour relations and other employment related litigation. Laura has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal and represents clients at numerous administrative tribunals, including the provincial employment standards commissions, human rights commissions, and privacy commissions.

Laura also advises on corporate aspects of labour and employment law, including mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations. Her practice regularly involves preparing employment and consulting contracts, employee termination agreements, workplace policies, and advising with respect to all aspects of the employment relationship.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Some of the representative matters in which Laura has been involved include:

  • Assisting in successfully obtaining Summary Dismissal at the Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal levels
  • Assisting in successfully obtaining an injunction to enforce a two-year non-competition covenant against a former franchisee
  • Acting for a large oil sands company in a dispute in connection with the mechanical failure of significant assets used to maintain project facilities
  • Assisting clients in large commercial litigation matters, including product liability and significant damages
  • Successfully obtaining judgment for a senior employee in connection with his wrongful dismissal
  • Assisting with executive wrongful dismissal litigation involving incompetence and insubordination
  • Defending an employer in a wrongful dismissal trial involving sexual harassment
  • Successfully representing employers in human rights complaints
  • Pursuing remedies for employers in relation to employee theft and fraud
  • Preparing and drafting executive employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and workplace policies (including drug and alcohol policies)
PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: The Employment Agreement: 15 Under 15
Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, April 26, 2017.
Co-speaker: Renegades and Rogues: Fiduciary Duties and Restrictive Covenants of Employees in the Digital Age
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, November 5, 2014.
Co-speaker: Disciplining Employees for Misuse of Social Media
Interactive HR Workshop, Ultimate Software, Calgary, Alberta, October 28, 2014.
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