Laura Warner

Laura Warner

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Principal Practice Areas

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Contract Litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial Litigation
  • Administrative and Privacy Law
  • Professional negligence
  • Serious personal injury and fatality claims
  • Insurance

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. For these achievements, Laura has been inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame. She also brings experience as an entrepreneur, having previously co-owned, grown, and sold the pre-eminent ringette training company in Canada.

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. She prizes clear strategy, confident decision-making, and tactics that focus on the best possible return on investment for clients. Laura understands the commercial realities that clients face and regularly meets or exceeds the budget expectations mutually agreed to with clients. Laura strives to tackle complex issues with efficiency and clarity.

Laura has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Laura has extensive appellate experience, including with applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Laura has also been involved in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She is often involved in factually- and document-intensive disputes involving at least tens of millions of dollars, such as an arbitral dispute resolved through a one week hearing in June 2014 (over $100 million at issue), and recent complex oil and gas litigation involving novel issues of contract interpretation (over $50 million at issue).

She 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. Laura serves as the associate on the firm's Justicia Committee as part of the Justicia Project aimed at retaining women lawyers and promoting diversity in the private practice of law.

In her spare time she enjoys being active and spending time with her family. Laura continues to play ringette competitively in Calgary and volunteers as a coach with the Bowview Ringette Association.