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Valerie Foster, Paralegal
Janine Neville, Paralegal
Samantha Robinson, Paralegal
Tara Cesario, Paralegal
Amber Gamelin, Legal Assistant
Chelsea Dustin, Legal Assistant
Amanda Vanin, Legal Assistant

J. Janis, Barrister & Solicitor

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

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.

Micah Kowalchuk (1975 – 2018)

Micah was a lawyer in the firm’s Calgary office. He tragically passed away, too young, in November 2018. His obituary can be found here.

Sarah Coderre, Barrister & Solicitor

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.

Joel Fairbrother, Barrister & Solicitor

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.

Lee Satveit, Barrister & Solicitor

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.

Drew Jarisz, Barrister & Solicitor

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.

Andrew Tarver, Barrister & Solicitor

Prior to joining Taylor Janis LLP Andrew worked as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General where he helped pass amendments to the Alberta Human Rights Act to protect gender identity and expression and to the Limitations Act to reduce barriers to civil litigation for victims of sexual and domestic assault. He also managed working relationships with employees, management and unions, as well as negotiated with opposition parties and stakeholders on behalf of the Minister. During law school Andrew competed in and coached a national labour arbitration competition and represented students in disciplinary matters at the University of Alberta before articling with a labour and employment boutique in Edmonton.

Linda Lim, Barrister & Solicitor

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.

Eric C. Lam, Barrister & Solicitor

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

Paul Beriault, Barrister & Solicitor

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. 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.

Sophie Purnell, Barrister & Solicitor

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.

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