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Laura Bracco-Callaghan

Associate

Phone:403.231.8245
Assistant:Mai Chung
Phone:403.231.8213
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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

As a civil litigator, Laura’s practice has focused on matters involving serious personal injury and wrongful death, defamation, professional negligence, commercial claims involving large losses and employment disputes involving wrongful dismissal, human rights, harassment and accommodation issues. She acts for insurers as well as academic institutions, amateur sport organizations, a senior law enforcement agency and businesses. As a former member of Canada’s national biathlon team, Laura takes a particular interest in sports law. She has acted for professional athletes and advised amateur athletes and sports organizations in respect of matters involving discipline, bullying, sexual harassment and team selection.

Clients can count on Laura to take immediate action when a legal matter arises. From her initial meeting with stakeholders and review of the case material, she makes timely recommendations on the steps that will help her clients get on top of an issue. Meticulous in her preparations, Laura excels when her research and drafting skills are put to the test to deliver solutions to complex and unusual claims. She has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and participated in arbitration proceedings, complex multi-party mediations, judicial review applications and professional disciplinary proceedings.

Laura recognizes that each client and dispute is unique. She has a strong awareness of each particular client’s preference for how a matter is progressed and tailors strategies to reach satisfactory and timely resolutions to their problems.

Laura remains an active athlete and can often be found hiking or skiing the mountains surrounding her hometown of Canmore.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trial counsel in Bruen v University of Calgary (2018 ABQB 26) where the defence team brought a successful motion for non-suit after a week of trial in an action involving a novel duty of care argument.
  • Defence counsel for a professional hockey player in a personal injury action where the damages claimed exceed $10 million.
  • Defence counsel in ET v Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute Inc (2017 ABQB 475) involving multiple defamation, breach of contract and negligence claims against a professional where the defence brought a successful motion to have the plaintiff declared a vexatious litigant.

 

DECISIONS

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (Honours, First Class), University of Calgary, 2007
  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 2011
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers, Calgary

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