Laura Dunnigan joins our Calgary office as Counsel. Welcome to the team!
Law Society of Alberta
Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, J.D.
Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.) with Distinction
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Laura is a trusted advisor to many employers including in the energy, manufacturing, hospitality, natural resource, private equity, transportation and technology sectors. Before joining the firm, Laura spent eight years practicing employment and labour law at a large national law firm where she became go-to employment counsel for clients.
Laura provides practical, and strategic, advice to clients in respect of all issues related to the employment relationship including hiring and firing, human rights, contractual disputes, wrongful and constructive dismissal, employment and labour standards, privacy, labour relations, workplace health and safety, disability and benefits and alcohol and drug testing.
Laura conducts workplace investigations and is well versed in litigation, including wrongful dismissal and human rights claims. She 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 provincial and federal employment standards commissions, human rights commissions, and privacy commissions.
Laura’s practice regularly involves reviewing and drafting employment related documentation, including employment and independent contractor agreements, severance packages and confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, workplace policies and handbooks and advising on corporate aspects of labour and employment law, including mergers and acquisitions and reorganizations.
In addition, Laura maintains an active privacy practice, advising employers on matters such as access to information requests, data breach response protocols and the impact of anti-spam legislation.
Co-leading an emergency injunction application for a large public company against its former chief executive officer.
Co-leading the defense of contested wrongful dismissal litigation for a large financial services firm against a former director of investment banking.
Successfully obtaining summary dismissal of claims at the Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal levels on multiple matters.
Successfully obtaining and defending injunction applications to enforce non-competition and other restrictive covenants.
Managing executive wrongful dismissal litigation involving a wide array of issues including theft, fraud, incompetence, insubordination and performance issues.
Assisting employers with workplace safety matters including occupational health and safety investigations and prosecutions associated with workplace fatalities and serious injuries.
Successfully representing employers and employees in human rights complaints.
Conducting workplace investigations relating to numerous forms of workplace misconduct and policy breaches, including bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, violence and substance abuse.
Pursuing remedies for employers relating to employee theft and fraud.
Assisting companies with cybersecurity breaches including notifications to affected individuals and regulators.
Providing key employment, labour and privacy-related advice on multiple merger/acquisition transactions.
Best Lawyers® in Canada 2022 – Ones to Watch
Labour and Employment Law
Acritas Stars 2019-2021
Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)
Laura presented as part of a panel for Canadian Lawyer
Laura presented as part of a panel for the RBC Group Advantage
Laura presented as part of a panel for the, Business Class Seminar, Toronto, ON
Laura was a Co-speaker for the CPHR HR Law Conference, Calgary, AB
Laura was a Co-speaker for the Labour & Employment Client Seminar. Toronto, ON
Laura was a Co-speaker for the Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, AB
Laura was a Co-speaker for the, Business Class Seminar, Calgary, AB
Articles and papersNovember 25, 2021
Co-author, Upcoming Changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Laws, Blakes Bulletin on Employment & LabourAugust 10, 2020
Co-author, Noteworthy Changes to Alberta Employment and Labour Standards Legislation, Blakes Bulletin on Employment & LabourApril 8, 2020
Co-author, Alberta Government Implements Temporary Changes to Employment Standards, Blakes Bulletin on Employment & LabourMarch 20, 2020
Co-author, Update: Alberta Government Confirms COVID-19 Unpaid Leave, Blakes Bulletin on Employment & LabourMarch 16, 2020
Co-author, Alberta Government Announces Paid Leave in Light of COVID-19, Blakes Bulletin on Employment & LabourMay 29, 2019
Co-author, Open for Business Act: What It Means for Alberta Employers, Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour