Christa Nicholson - Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP

Christa Nicholson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Christa obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A. with distinction) from the University of Calgary and, in 1991, her law degree (J.D.) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She articled and then became an associate and partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP where she worked for over 17 years.  Thereafter, she was a partner at Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP for about three years.  She joined the JSS Barristers partnership on October 1, 2013.  She is in the process of completing her Masters of Law degree (LL.M.) in dispute resolution at Pepperdine University, California. 

Christa is a problem solver and has extensive experience as a strategic advisor and advocate.  Her 20 year long legal practice focuses on helping corporations and individuals effectively and efficiently manage and resolve insolvency situations and other disputes through litigation in court as well as alternative dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration (“ADR”).

Christa’s significant experience in advising and advocating in the insolvency and restructuring area includes work on bankruptcies, including Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act proposals, Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) restructurings, receiverships, loan recoveries, security enforcement, as well as in commercial mortgage foreclosures.  She has acted on many
noteworthy insolvency matters representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors from various industries (including energy and energy services, manufacturing, recreation, transportation, lending, and agriculture), and acts for officers of the court, including CCAA monitors, court-appointed receivers, and trustees.

Christa is counsel on complex commercial, energy, product liability, estates and creditors’ rights disputes.  She has worked on joint venture and operatorship dispute and various breach of contract and tortious disputes relating to oil and gas transactions, including in the renewable energy and derivative fields, and on international and domestic arbitrations involving energy and other companies.  She has extensive experience with judicial and private mediations.  She is a mediator on the roster of the Alberta Provincial Court and has appeared before all levels of the Alberta Courts.

Through her LL.M. program in the US, Christa is keenly aware of the focus of corporations on value when it comes to purchasing legal services including their interest in legal project management and their drive toward systematically using ADR and other processes to more cost-efficiently manage disputes in a way that aligns with corporate objectives.

Christa writes and/or presents frequently in the fields of insolvency and restructuring law as well as advocacy and ADR, including international and domestic arbitration, mediation and managing legal costs through the systematic use of ADR in the design and use of dispute management systems.

Christa is a member of numerous organizations including the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association, Turnaround Management Association - Northwest Chapter, Canadian Insolvency Foundation, American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL International, International Energy Credit Association, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, ADR Institute of Alberta, and the ADR Institute of Canada. 

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University of CalgaryBA 1988Queen's UniversityJ.D. 1991

Office Location

304 Eighth Avenue, SW, Suite 800
Calgary, AB T2P 1C2

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution