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About Heather Gagnier

Heather is a lawyer in the firm’s Edmonton office. Her practice primarily focuses on workplace matters, including wrongful dismissals, severance review, workplace harassment, human rights issues and discrimination, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.

Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP, Heather accumulated a wide variety of litigation experience working at a prominent regional law firm and boutique law firms in both Ontario and Alberta. Her past litigation experience includes general civil litigation, criminal litigation (primarily conviction and sentence appeals), insurance litigation, and personal injury (with a focus on representing victims of sexual assault). She has represented clients at the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Heather excelled in law school and received numerous awards and accolades, including the George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law for achieving the second-highest academic average in her graduating class. She was also extensively involved in competitive mooting (mock court competitions) during law school. A highlight of her law school career was receiving the top prize for her advocacy skills at the Gale Cup moot, a nation-wide competition held annually in Toronto, after presenting arguments in front of a panel of judges including the Honourable Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Before attending law school, Heather completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Surrey in England and a Master of Arts at New York University. She continues to be a passionate supporter of the arts and enjoys teaching ballet lessons to children and youth in her spare time.

Heather understands the challenges involved in navigating employment law matters. She aims to make the process as straightforward as possible by providing timely, cost-effective, and efficient legal services to her clients, and prides herself on her commitment to keeping them well-informed every step of the way. While she aims to resolve disputes through negotiation wherever possible, Heather has the necessary skills and expertise to fully litigate matters if necessary to achieve a positive outcome. She looks forward to putting her skills to work in advocating for your rights as an employee.

What Are My Rights As
An Employer or Employee?

Every employee deserves to have their employment law rights respected throughout all stages of the employment relationship. At Taylor Janis LLP, our goal is to help you understand your legal rights for a variety of employment law issues, including wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, reasonable notice entitlements, severance, and just cause matters.

Client Testimonials


I would 100% recommend her.

“I am very happy with my experience so far with Taylor Janis. I have been working with Sophie Purnell, and she is thoughtful, well-spoken, and cares for my outcome as much as I do. At a time when lawyers in this field are so, so busy she still takes time to get back to my questions or have her staff do so. I would 100% recommend her.”

– S. W.


Highly satisfied with my experience.

“Highly satisfied with my experience. From the initial intake to the completion of my file, Cole and the assistants really took the time to make sure I was happy and up to date on my case. The process was made very simple for me with clear instructions and expectations. They made a difficult experience bearable and I’m very happy with the outcome.”

– B. P.


“I had a very positive experience with Cole Lefebvre. He advised me on what I was entitled to at law and walked me through the court process. Cole, Amanda, and Alysia responded to all my questions or concerns in a timely manner and were very clear with me about costs. In the end, we were able to achieve a great result from my former employer.

I highly recommend!”

– J. S.


You are doing yourself a disservice by not using her.

“I’ve truly never felt so confident and comfortable from the compassion, legal advice, support, and trust I have received from this law firm. Whitney is absolutely amazing. You are doing yourself a disservice by not using her.”

– K. M.


I highly recommend this firm for your legal employment needs.

“I highly recommend this firm for your legal employment needs. I have worked with Heather in the past and her counsel has always been fair, honest and extremely professional. Thank you for always supporting our family.”

– BJ. A.

Rated “Top 3”
Employment Lawyers in
Western Canada

Taylor Janis LLP focuses exclusively on labour, employment, and related litigation law matters, to serve its diverse group of clients throughout Alberta and B.C. We always strive to represent our clients in the most thorough and cost-efficient manner possible.