Deborah Book

Deborah Book

Contact Information

Principal Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate/Commercial litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Tort Litigation
  • Wills & Estates

Deborah is an associate at JSS Barristers and has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta. Deborah enjoys litigation on a wide variety of files including those involving employment, oil & gas, shareholder’s rights and remedies, intellectual property, arbitrations, corporate and commercial disputes, construction, estates, solicitor -client privilege and personal injury.

Background and Education

Deborah joined JSS Barristers as an articling student in 2011 after clerking at the Alberta Court of Appeal. At the Court she had the privilege of interacting with senior judges in the province and gained invaluable insight into the Court’s processes.

Before her term at the Court, Deborah obtained her LL.B., with distinction, from the University of Alberta, attaining first class standing in her second and third years of study. She enjoyed participating in the mooting program, competing on both the Philip C. Jessup International moot team, and the Gale Cup team. Deborah was also engaged with her campus community, co-publishing the law school newspaper, volunteering with Student Legal Services, assisting with orientation events and serving on the executive of the Women’s Law Forum.

While in law school, Deborah gained practical experience through a legal internship with a non-profit, regional business service provider that helps transform new technologies into business opportunities. Deborah developed a variety of legal skills as a member of the organisation's internal legal team.

Prior to attending law school, Deborah worked for a human resources company that facilitates contract positions for engineers and other contractors involved in pipeline technologies.

In 2006, Deborah graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in English. She was the president of the U of C Speech and Debate Society, and a member of the Students’ Union Committee that distributes funds from the Student Levy.

Awards and Recognition

  • Gordon Wright, Q.C. Memorial Award for superior skill in the field of advocacy 2010.
  • Maritime Law Book Award for First Class Standing in Professional Responsibility 2010.
  • William Morrow Essay Contest, First Prize Case Comment 2010
  • First place, University of Alberta Jim Brimacombe Moot Competition, 2009
  • Margaret Ellen Bonar Scholarship, 2009.
  • Jason Lang Scholarship 2003, 2008, 2009.

Deborah volunteers with Calgary Legal Guidance, Pro Bono Law Alberta, and coaches soccer.

In her spare time Deborah enjoys travel, running, curling, knitting, gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is fluent in French and speaks some Hebrew.

Please contact Deborah Book at bookd [at] jssbarristers [dot] ca if you are interested in receiving a copy of any of the following:
  • Co-author, The Barrister, December 2014: "'Rocket Docket' Racquet: An Update on the Law of Summary Judgment in Alberta Ten Months Following the Release of Hryniak v Mauldin."
  • Co-author, Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal, Spring/Summer 2013: "Revisiting Appeal Rights: An Argument in Favour of Respecting Party Autonomy."
  • Co-author, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, February 2013 "Revisiting Appeal Rights: An Argument in favour of Respecting Party Autonomy."
  • Co-author, LESA Seminar, Rules of Court Interpreted, November 7, 2012 "Getting the Party Started - Recent Treatment of Part 3 (Court Actions) of the Rules of Court"
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