Lawyer, legal and policy advisor with a range of experience in
both the public and private sectors.

Experience

  • Ministerial Advisor

    at Government of Alberta

    August 2018 - May 2019

    Alberta

    - Reviewed ongoing Ministry lawsuits and settlements and worked with legal on Minister’s questions e.g. Indigenous social services on reserves - Researched and advised Minister on existing and prospective legislation and regulations - Filtered thousands of Ministerial requests for clarity and urgency, while liaising between MLA offices across Alberta to evaluate and address urgent constituent crises and provide responses to individual MLA concerns - Drafted, edited, and approved policy briefing notes, public and stakeholder correspondence and speaking notes, and prioritized urgent Minister signing and briefing - Minister’s social media control - developed and executed communication plans - Vetted and advised Minister on Requests for Funding from hundreds of social service organizations for Family Community Safety Program Grant - Budget consultations - organize and advised Minister on fund allocation - Interviewed dozens for Appeals Review Board and advised Minister on candidates

  • Family Lawyer

    at Worobec Law Offices

    October 2017 - August 2018

    Alberta

    - Managed divorce, guardianship, and emancipation cases, with 50% Legal Aid clients - Drafted wills and researched family estates - Organized, researched, recorded, and filed detailed legal documents and attending court proceedings - Successfully negotiated settlements while attentively and non-judgmentally listening - Developed understanding of ADR and conflict management techniques - Excellent working knowledge of public legal information and adult education tools and techniques - Coordinated with staff to prepare extensive case briefs before court appearances - Upheld a steady schedule of hearings, court appearances, and questionings - Responded to urgent needs of clients on a 24/7 basis and regularly updated clients - Advised on and set terms for parenting time, child support, and division of assets - Converted law firm emailing and document management systems from Microsoft to Google

  • Legal Advisor and International Event Manager

    at Electronic Business Group

    June 2016 - September 2017

    Île-de-France

    - Areas of law: International Contracts, EU, and Intellectual Property - Drafted Terms & Conditions and privacy policies for company website - Drafted Partnership Contracts for corporate sponsorships of international events - Organized, marketed, and managed large (500+ attendees) French conferences for digital marketing heads of Fortune 500 companies attendees in London and Barcelona

  • Articling Student

    at Parlee McLaws LLP

    July 2014 - June 2015

    Alberta

    Bar Call Date: August 6th, 2015 - Areas of law: corporate, civil and insurance litigation, Indigenous affairs, employment, compliance & ethics, wills & estates, insolvency, real estate, privacy, professional responsibility and firm management, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, regulatory and governance - Drafted litigation documents, including pleadings, court orders, contracts/agreements and releases, legal accounting, opinion and demand letters - Document and affidavit signatures, preparation of disclosure documents - Prepared and responded to civil motions and applications - Observed, participated in and conducted witness interviews - Conducted legal research and analysis and developed case strategies - Explored and participated in strategies for managing client relationships and expectations - Investigated facts, identified issues, and considered possible solutions before advising superiors on the appropriate course of action

  • Legal Counsel and Business Development Assistant

    at Landrex Developers

    September 2013 - June 2014

    Alberta

    - Drafted, amended, and archived legal and litigation documentation - Minute-taking and organizing of senior management meetings and subsequent task allocation and timeline preparation - Prepared binders and handout material for senior management meetings - Legal research at municipal (Edmonton), provincial (Alberta) and international (UAE) levels - Continually updated litigation report for senior counsel (legal fees, assessed current situation, created timelines and next steps towards resolution) - Accounts for legal e.g. chased invoices, calculated settlement options and business cases, etc.

  • Legal Administrator

    at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP / Lawyers on Demand

    July 2011 - November 2012

    London

    - Reviewed and amended contracts, including LOD employment and business spinoff contracts - Sole responsibility for annual advertising campaigns. Liaised with creative agencies and various national legal publications including Legal Week, The Lawyer and Global Legal Post - Worked with internal IP lawyers to prepare evidence for LOD’s business name trademark registration - Vetted corporate/commercial associate applications, arranged meetings, social events and general legal administration, including updating physical and online databases and researching lawyers’ legal queries, using BLP’s information databases - Attended several BLP lawyer training sessions, covering various topics including Professional Negligence, Contract Termination, Cloud Computing and Comparisons of Canadian and UK IP Law - Paralegal documentation review work for the BLP Real Estate Finance team

  • Legal Intern

    at Irving's Solicitor

    September 2010 - October 2010

    London

    - Researched various types of British law, including family, land and trusts - Met with clients to discuss matters of probate and dispute resolution - Prepared files, transcribed dictation, and organized lawyer-client meetings

  • Grant Proposals and Office Manager

    at Indo-Canadian Women's Association

    May 2007 - April 2009

    Alberta

    - Obtained over $30,000 of government funding from the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multicultural Fund through drafting and reviewing proposals for various ICWA objectives - Conducted extensive legal research in family, child and public law - Organized seminars and fundraising events to promote awareness of the benefits of grants.

  • Real Estate Legal Secretary and PA

    at Brent Bittner LLP

    April 2008 - September 2008

    Alberta

    - Drafted mortgage, sale and purchase legal documentation, prepared client files - Extensive diary management and general secretarial duties as the firm’s first point of contact - Developed proficiency in Microsoft packages (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Education

  • Member of Alberta Bar in Good Standing

    at Law Society of Alberta

    2015 - at Present (5 years) Alberta

  • LLB

    at University of Birmingham

    2009 - 2011 (2 years) Birmingham

  • Bachelor of Arts

    at University of Alberta

    2005 - 2009 (4 years) Alberta

Knowledge and keywords

Languages

  • English Native

  • French Conversation

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