Laura Warner graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) in 2001 and an LLB in 2009.
Between her undergraduate degree and law school, Laura worked for a renowned management consulting firm where she taught mental toughness training to elite athletes and corporate clients. Laura developed expertise teaching topics such as how to perform under pressure, how to recover quickly from disappointing setbacks, and how to communicate effectively with teammates and colleagues. Laura practiced these skills in her own life where she competed for over 20 years as an elite athlete. She is a 2-time World Champion and 9-time National Champion in the sport of ringette and served as captain of the Canadian Ringette Team from 2002-2007.
During law school, Laura volunteered with the civil branch of Student Legal Services where she gained experience advising clients over the phone and representing them in front of the residential tenancy board. She consistently placed near the top of her class in law school and was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards.
After graduating, Laura articled with the Court of Appeal in Edmonton, where she worked closely with the Justices and gained invaluable insight into effective advocacy. Laura completed her articles with a mid-sized litigation firm in Calgary and was called to the bar in 2010. Laura then welcomed the challenge of clerking to Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. During her one-year clerkship, Laura had a bird's eye view of the inner workings of the country's highest court and honed her analytical skills, her legal research and writing, and her oral advocacy.
Laura joined JSS Barristers in the fall of 2012 and carries on a generalized practice in civil litigation. Laura has a passion for analyzing interesting legal issues, assisting clients in finding solutions to complex legal problems, and advocating for just results. In her spare time she enjoys being active and spending time with her family.
Laura has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, before the Federal Court of Appeal, and before the Supreme Court of Canada. Laura has also volunteered for the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association as a panelist during public consultations regarding Alberta's Bill 10 and Bill 202 dealing with proposed amendments to human rights legislation.