Our Team

Partners

Jarret Janis

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Jarret is a partner at Taylor Janis LLP. He practices exclusively in workplace law matters, including terminations of employment with a specific focus on just cause terminations and severance. Prior to founding Taylor Janis LLP, he practiced at a well known employment law firm in Vancouver, BC. Over the course of several years of litigation experience, he has developed a well-rounded employment law practice having represented various employers and employees with respect to their workplace-related problems. In doing so, he has successfully negotiated numerous out-of-court settlements for his clients, and he frequently litigates workplace-related matters before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench.

He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the Canadian Bar Association.

He looks forward to helping you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the form below and a member of the firm will contact you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Conan Taylor

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Conan Taylor is a partner of Taylor Janis LLP. He practices exclusively in the areas of workplace law, including labour, employment, and commercial litigation matters. In his over 15 years of practice, Mr. Taylor has represented both individuals and corporations respecting their workplace law matters. At present, he represents several small to medium sized businesses, including specialty pharmacy, commercial development, and energy companies. Prior to founding Taylor Janis LLP, Conan practiced in general litigation, and with a large, national law firm in Calgary.

Conan looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will contact you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Employment Lawyers

Paul Beriault

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Paul is a lawyer in the firm’s Calgary office. He provides legal advice and representation to both employees and employers in a variety of workplace matters, including wrongful dismissal, severance review, workplace discrimination, human rights issues as well as other employment law matters.

Paul has represented clients in Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, before administrative tribunals, in regulatory matters, the Human Rights Commission, Tax Court, and in mediations and arbitrations. He also volunteers for Calgary Legal Guidance in their evening advice clinic providing employment and civil litigation counsel to low income Calgarians.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis, Paul worked at a general service firm, primarily practicing in civil litigation but also advising clients with a variety of legal issues. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alberta.

Paul looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the form below and a member of the firm will contact you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Sarah Coderre

Managing Lawyer, Calgary

Sarah Coderre is a lawyer in the firm's Calgary office. She provides legal advice and representation to clients in workplace matters such as wrongful dismissal, severance review, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, and other employment law matters, such as review of workplace policies. Sarah has advocated for clients in the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and she also represents clients in a variety of litigation matters ranging from contract disputes to personal injury claims. Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Sarah practiced employment law and general litigation with a large national law firm in Calgary, Alberta, and practiced insurance defense litigation at a boutique firm in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sarah looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Lauren Coles

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Lauren Coles is a lawyer in the firm’s Calgary office. She provides legal advice and representation to employees in a variety of matters including wrongful dismissal, severance negotiations, human rights complaints, and other workplace issues. Lauren also provides assistance to employers and has experience with general advisory work, as well as drafting workplace policies, employment agreements, and contractor agreements.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Lauren articled and practiced at a large national law firm here in Calgary. While obtaining her law degree from Thompson Rivers University, Lauren assisted with a prominent, Constitutional and human rights case that rose to the Supreme Court of Canada. Lauren received a number of scholarships and awards for this advocacy work, and continues her support of this cause today.

Lauren takes pride in serving her clients and understands that each client has a unique set of circumstances that requires careful and thoughtful consideration. To this end, Lauren endeavors to assist her clients with a focus on practical and cost-effective advocacy. She looks forward to assisting with your matter.

Jonathan Dowhaluk

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Jon is a lawyer in the firms Edmonton Office. He passionately provides legal advice and represents clients in all workplace matters including: disputes and conflicts during employment, terminations, human rights, employment standards, labor relations, workers compensation, illness and disability, bullying and harassment, restrictive covenants, workplace investigations, professional regulatory matters, and judicial reviews of administrative decisions.

Jon has a wealth of experience advocating for his clients in judicial, quasi-judicial as well as in dispute resolution venues. Prior to joining Taylor Janis, Jon practiced in the area of family law and employment law with a large firm in Edmonton. Prior to becoming a lawyer Jon was heavily engaged as a union activist for many years with AUPE, where he passionately advocated for his fellow workers by way of filing grievances, Occupational Health and Safety complaints and even took part in a wild-cat strike.

Jon looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry for below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Joel Fairbrother

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Joel Fairbrother is a lawyer in the firm's Calgary office. He provides legal advice and representation to both employers and employees in workplace matters such as wrongful dismissal, dismissal practices, severance review, human rights, privacy, executive compensation, and professional discipline. Joel also reviews and drafts workplace policies and employment contracts.

Joel has advocated for clients in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, in front of the Federal Labour Board, and in front of various professional licensing bodies. He also represents clients in a variety of other litigation matters including contractual disputes. Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Joel articled at a national law firm and practiced employment law and general litigation with a well known regional firm in Calgary.

Joel looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Colin Flynn

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Colin is an Associate practicing in the areas of Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Estate Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Litigation, and Personal Injury. He places high emphasis on developing trusted relationships with his clients, ensuring they feel comfortable and at ease sharing the subtleties of their circumstances. Whether a matter is simple or complex, Colin’s focus is to quickly and efficiently resolve issues in a way that promotes his client’s best interests.

Colin has valuable Courtroom and Litigation experience, including running small claims and Queen's Bench trials and contested Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court Chambers applications, in addition to appeals from the same. Colin has participated in alternative dispute resolution, including pre-trial conferences, mediation, and Judicial Dispute Resolution conferences. Colin also has a diverse background in administrative law; having acted in resolution conferences and hearings at the Alberta Labour Relations Board and various other administrative bodies.

In his spare time, you can catch him where he grew up, in the mountains of Canmore, snowboarding, cross country skiing, playing golf, and hanging around the river. You can also see him leading a band around Calgary, playing his guitar at local blues jams and community events.

Andrew Fraser

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Andrew is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton office. He practices primarily in the areas of workplace law and commercial litigation. Andrew represents and advises employees and employers in a variety of workplace matters including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, human rights issues and non-competition agreements.

Before joining Taylor Janis, Andrew has worked at large Edmonton firms and has acted as in-house legal counsel to a large, publicly traded company. He has extensive litigation experience in both employment law and commercial litigation and has represented clients before all levels of court in Alberta and British Columbia. Andrew has also represented clients before the Federal Courts, the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Labour Relations Board.

Andrew is able to assist clients in French and Mandarin.

Drew Jarisz

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Drew Jarisz is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton office. His practice centers on civil litigation, with a particular focus on workplace. Drew routinely handles matters such as wrongful dismissal, human rights complaints, and the fair representation of unionized employees.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis, Drew practiced in the area of civil litigation, predominantly focusing on employment law. Drew studied at McGill University in Montreal before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

Drew looks forward to using his legal experience and advocacy skills to achieve the best result for you in your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Trevor Kelly

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Trevor Kelly is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton office. He practices primarily in the area of workplace law representing and advising employees in matters including wrongful and unjust dismissals, constructive dismissals, human rights issues, review of severance packages, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, duty of fair representation complaints, and other areas of employment and labour law.

Trevor maintained a general practice for eight years prior to joining the firm. He has extensive litigation experience and has successfully represented clients before the Provincial Court, the Court of Queens’ Bench and the Court of Appeal of Alberta, as well as the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. Trevor has also represented clients before the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Labour Relations Board.

Trevor emphasizes the importance of taking a pragmatic approach in resolving clients’ issues and understands that clients need both legal, and more importantly, practical solutions.

Eric Lam

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Eric C. Lam is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton office. He provides clear legal advice and professional representation to clients involved in wrongful dismissals, review of severance packages, workplace bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as other Employment Law matters.

Eric has advocated for clients in the Provincial Court of Alberta and Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and has developed his trial experience litigating for everyday Albertans. Eric’s experience includes Employment Law matters, general Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, and Family Law matters. Additionally, Eric’s practice incorporates negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.

Workplace matters can often be time sensitive. Eric looks forward to providing you with an in-depth consultation to answer your questions and develop a comprehensive plan to move your matter forward in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Our team would be happy to help you set up a consultation as soon as possible

Linda Lim

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Linda is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton office. She provides legal advice and representation to both employees and employers in a variety of workplace matters, including wrongful dismissal, severance review, workplace discrimination, and representation of unionized employees. Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Linda worked at a non-profit legal clinic, representing marginalized clients in civil litigation matters. Linda understands the stress and complexity that comes with accessing your legal rights and entitlements, and looks forward to using her advocacy skills and experience to achieve the best results for you.

Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Whitney Manfro

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Whitney Manfro is a lawyer in the firm’s Calgary office. Whitney provides strategic counsel to employer and employee clients exclusively in the areas of employment law, human resources law, and human rights law. Over the course of her career, she has served national corporations, start-ups, senior executives, and individual employees across a broad range of industries.

Whitney takes pride in her ability to swiftly negotiate fair outcomes, yet she understands the necessity of pursuing litigation to resolve certain disputes. To this end, she has represented clients in complex litigation proceedings and negotiations, including wrongful dismissal matters, alleged breaches of restrictive covenants, Canada Labour Code proceedings, and human rights violations.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Whitney practiced with two leading employment law firms in Toronto. During law school, she worked for the Competition Bureau in Calgary, and conducted policy research for a Member of Parliament for the drafting of a federal bill. She has advised on employment law topics on NewsTalk 1010, and as a presenter for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). She is published with the Dismissal and Employment Law Digest (DELD), and the University of Toronto.

Whitney looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Wilson McCutchan

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Wilson McCutchan is a lawyer in the firm’s Calgary office. He advises and represents clients on a broad array of employment law matters, including wrongful dismissal, discrimination in the workplace, human rights issues, drafting and reviewing employment agreements, and representation of unionized employees.

Wilson has represented clients before all levels of court in Alberta, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Federal Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals. Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Wilson practiced insurance defence litigation at a national firm.

For the past couple of years, Wilson has been a sessional instructor in a Foundations class at the University of Calgary Law School. He also volunteers for Calgary Legal Guidance by presenting seminars on Employment Law.

Wilson looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or complete the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Sophie Purnell

Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary

Sophie is a lawyer in the firm’s Calgary office. She practices primarily in the areas of workplace law, including wrongful dismissal, workplace harassment, severance review, human rights issues, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements as well as other employment matters.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Sophie worked for a prominent Calgary law firm. Sophie’s experience and interest in employment law began prior to law school. Before obtaining her law degree from the University of Calgary, Sophie worked in human resources in the oil and gas industry. Sophie also worked for the Alberta Human Rights Commission and clerked for the Provincial Court of Alberta in Calgary. In law school, Sophie volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and assisted clients with human rights issues in the context of employment and tenancy matters.

Sophie understands how emotionally challenging employment disputes can be. She aims to develop practical, cost-effective and sensible solutions for her clients. Sophie also provides legal services in French.

Lee Satveit

Barrister & Solicitor, Edmonton

Lee Satveit is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton Office. He practices primarily in the area of workplace law, on behalf of both employees and employers, and on matters such as wrongful dismissal, severance review, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, drafting and advising on employment agreements, human rights complaints, and discrimination in the workplace.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Lee practiced law at the Edmonton office of a large national firm and at a smaller firm in British Columbia, appearing before provincial and superior courts in both jurisdictions. He also acted as in-house counsel for a technology company in Toronto, worked for a financial regulator in B.C., and has worked for a professional regulatory association in Alberta. Lee obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alberta and he was called to the bar in Alberta in 2012.

Lee looks forward to assisting you with your matter. Please call us or fill in the inquiry form below, and a member of the firm will be in contact with you promptly to arrange for a consultation.

Administration

Shannon Boisvert

Paralegal, Calgary

Nicole Courterelle

Legal Assistant / Receptionist, Calgary

Chelsea Dustin

Paralegal / Finance Administration, Edmonton

Val Foster

Lead Paralegal, Edmonton

Amber Gamelin

Intake Facilitator / Legal Assistant, Edmonton

Courtney Liscumb

Legal Assistant, Edmonton

Ashley Maroukian

Paralegal, Calgary

Amanda Vanin

Lead Paralegal and Office Administrator, Calgary