Jody collaborates with her clients to come up with creative, proactive solutions that are tailored to their specific needs. She offers timely communication, honest opinions, and a thorough analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each case in three key areas of law: employment, litigation, and insurance defence.
Primarily representing employers in employment and human rights matters, Jody’s significant experience allows her to see an issue from different perspectives and understand the unique challenges of each situation. She handles issues of termination, discipline, employment contract disputes, wrongful dismissal claims, and human rights complaints. Jody provides skilled representation and strong advocacy to employers in matters before the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
In addition to representation, Jody also provides strategic advice to employers on best practices for employment matters and workplace policies, including accommodation, return to work, and workplace investigations. She advises employers on various dismissal issues, including establishing just cause to dismiss, reasonable severance pay, and strategies to avoid wrongful dismissal actions.
With a particular interest in workplace investigations, Jody brings experience and skill, whether she is conducting investigations, advising clients on managing the process, or providing advice on the outcomes.
Jody provides guidance to employers and employees at any stage of an employment contract. She has experience advising executives during negotiations of employment agreements and on their rights and obligations upon departure. She also assists with drafting, implementing, revising, and enforcing contracts, including independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, and non-competition and confidentiality provisions.
In her litigation practice, Jody handles commercial litigation and insurance matters, with a focus on professional negligence. She works with a number of national insurers on a wide variety of insurance matters, including coverage opinions, directors' and officer's liability, professional liability, property loss and damage, construction disputes, and personal injury claims.
She represents both corporations and individuals in a variety of contractual disputes, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and malicious prosecution. She has experience with the enforcement and collection of judgments and has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta.
Always focused on her clients’ best interests and future goals, Jody is known for paying attention to details in order to understand individual needs, circumstances, tolerance for risk, and motivation for litigation. She is a good listener who prefers to have conversations with clients, instead of relying on email, in an effort to get to know them better.
In order to prepare and adjust strategies to obtain desired results, Jody makes the effort to understand both sides of a story. This not only helps her to better anticipate strategies of opposing counsel, but also to engage in more meaningful dialogue with counsel and parties throughout a file to either facilitate resolution or ensure a matter can move forward in a less contentious and more efficient manner.