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For over 35 years Gary has been a civil litigator, a dedicated lawyer who either sues people, companies or governments to enforce the rights of his clients, or who defends his clients’ rights when they are sued.

As a litigator, Gary has assumed many roles, the most obvious being the role of advocate; from drafting pleadings to conducting questioning, to handling trials; together with the less obvious roles of negotiator, mediator, conciliator and advisor.  Through it all, Gary has acquired knowledge of, and about, a variety of diverse subjects: from brain injury to amateur built helicopters; from road construction to business evaluations; from oil well drilling contracts to environmental claims involving contamination; from the application of siding on a leaking condominium building to poorly manufactured recreational vehicles; in addition to learning the workings of government and businesses.

Gary, as a litigator, is a life-long learner. He knows the law; his job is to learn your case and apply the law to it. Gary is a trial lawyer.  While he is an excellent and experienced negotiator, he understands that taking a matter to trial is the ultimate remedy.  Simply put: resolve a case if you can, take it to trial if you must.

Gary is now applying his legal experience to a new role – that of being a mediator. For almost 5 years he sat as an adjudicator, listening to both sides and then crafting a decision according to law. As a mediator, he does not make an agreement but he does facilitate one. He actively listens, communicates honestly and effectively with the parties, applies a legal framework and works towards getting the parties to agree to an appropriate resolution

Gary is a graduate of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta – Called to the Alberta Bar July 19, 1981
  • Central Alberta Bar Society

Community Involvement

  • Council member  – Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch
  • Communications Committee  – Law Society of Alberta
  • Chair, Media & Law Conference, Red Deer , AB – Law Society of Alberta
  • Past President of the Central Alberta Bar Association
  • Alberta Law Reform Institute; Rules of Court Project Costs
  • Past Volunteer Instructor – Legal Education Society of Alberta
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Nancy is a Chapman Riebeek lifer. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she obtained her Legal Assistant Diploma and worked with Chapman Riebeek as an assistant.  She obtained her law degree from the University of Alberta and returned to Chapman Riebeek for her articles.  She became an associate with the firm in 1995 and became the first female partner of the firm in 2000.

Her major areas of practice include estate law (administration and litigation assisting families, executors and beneficiaries), elder law (acting for guardians, trustees and represented adults), municipal (prosecution and administrative), and real estate.  She has represented clients in all levels of Court in Alberta.  Nancy’s priority in her estate work and elder law lies in assisting people in negotiating unfamiliar legal waters, during, what is often, an emotional and difficult time.

Nancy provides advice to Municipalities on bylaw matters and oversees our bylaw prosecution team. She has run bylaw prosecutions for 28 municipalities in Alberta and conducts bylaw prosecutions on an ongoing basis for 10 – 12 municipalities.

She is a long-standing member and former long-term executive board member of the Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada. She served on the board of the Central Alberta Emergency Women’s Shelter and is a current member of the Central Alberta Bar Society.  She served as a volunteer lawyer and organizer for the Western Canada Society to Access Justice Clinic (a pro bono legal clinic) from its inception in 2001 until it closed in 2006.  She has been on panels for, and presented papers at, the Legal Education Society Alberta seminars for legal support staff and students in the RDC Legal Assistant Program. Her most memorable presentation was one given at the Western Canada Cemetery Association Conference.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta – Called to the Alberta Bar in 1995
  • Central Alberta Bar Society
  • Christian Legal Fellowship (current member and former board member)
  • Advocates Society

Community Involvement

  • Board Member – Sunnybrook Farm Society
  • Western Canada Society to Access Justice Clinic
  • Panelist for Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Former Board Member – Central Alberta Emergency Women’s Shelter
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Suzanne has a strong general practice that includes Civil and Commercial Litigation, Municipal Law, Expropriation, Employment, Labour and Administrative Law and Residential Real Estate. Suzanne advocates for her clients in many roles and across a number of industries. Having appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and before Tribunals, Suzanne is prepared to advocate for her clients in many different settings.

Her knowledge, experience, and dedication to the areas of law she practices in is well-respected throughout Alberta. Suzanne skillfully represents individuals, corporations, Municipalities and Associations across a full ambit of legal sectors. She is dedicated to her clients, aware of and knowledgeable about the markets in which her clients operate. This in-depth level of understanding allows Suzanne to resolve her clients’ legal issues in a manner tailored to each client’s specific needs.

An advocate for public legal education, Suzanne has delivered many public legal education courses and seminars to Central Albertans. A former member of the Public Legal Education Network of Alberta and the Public Legal Education Association of Canada, Suzanne considers the sharing of public legal education and information as a critical component of access to justice.

Suzanne was awarded the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation in 2014 in recognition of her contribution to the legal profession and public life in Central Alberta.

Suzanne is actively involved in our community, volunteering with various not-for-profit societies. She is a champion of pro bono causes and received the Distinguished Service Award for Pro Bono Services in 2010.

She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta – Called to the Alberta Bar in 1998
  • Central Alberta Bar Society
  • Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) – Southern Alberta Chapter
  • Alberta Expropriation Association

Community Involvement

  • Vice President  – Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter
  • Past President – Red Deer Hospice Society
  • Central Alberta Legal Clinic Foundation – Involved in its establishment in 2004 and continuing as Board Member until 2014.
  • Inaugural member of Pro Bono Law Alberta (2007 – 2014)
  • Supporter of the Red Deer Community Bands Society and the Red Deer Royals
  • Former member of the Red Deer Public Library Board and liaison with Red Deer College Library
  • Recipient of Distinguished Service Award in 2010 from Law Society of Alberta
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Tyler practises in a broad range of litigation matters. He has a busy practice in employment law disputes, and has developed a proprietary database to assist dismissed employees assess the severance pay they are owed. He is a skilled negotiator who understands the benefit to employers and employees of resolving matters as amicably and effectively as possible. When this is not possible, Tyler’s litigation experience is a significant asset to his clients in coming to a fair resolution of workplace disputes through the courts.

Another focus of Tyler’s litigation practice is commercial litigation, both between corporations and inside them when shareholder disputes arise. Tyler is well-versed in commercial law, his business acumen and knowledge of the industries within which his clients operate, make Tyler the litigator of choice for many Central Albertans.

Tyler is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge where he majored in Economics. His work experience prior to law included four years conducting business development with a mid-sized Calgary engineering firm in the oil and gas industry, and he worked within the service rig industry during his university summers. Tyler’s hands-on and creative approach to problem solving has successfully translated to effective results for his clients.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta – Called to the Alberta Bar in 2015
  • Central Alberta Bar Society
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
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Dedicated to finding practical solutions to her clients’ legal issues, Ana Dzitac advocates for her clients both inside and outside the Courtroom. Ana is a trusted advisor to her clients and has exceptional negotiation skills that lay a strong foundation for her clients to reach resolutions on their matters. She has courtroom experience in both Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Ana also advises clients on various matrimonial agreements including separations and divorces where the parties are amicable or wish to reach a resolution outside the Courtroom.

When not working at the office, Ana is involved in the community. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic for the past two years and, also participates as a volunteer lawyer at the evening clinics. For approximately a year Ana has been a member of the Community Housing Advisory Board through the City of Red Deer. For the past three years, Ana has been a volunteer literacy tutor at the Adult Literacy Program offered through the Red Deer Public Library. Ana is a member of the Central Alberta Bar Society and has volunteered her time as a member of organizing committees for fundraising events over the course of the past few years. In addition, Ana has recently joined the roster at Legal Aid Alberta as a volunteer lawyer.

Ana is a graduate of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta – Called to the Alberta Bar in 2015
  • Central Alberta Bar Society

Community Involvement

  • Director – Board of Directors – Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Lawyer – Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Lawyer – Legal Aid Alberta
  • Board Member – City of Red Deer Community Housing Advisory Board;
  • Volunteer Literacy Tutor at the Adult Literacy Program – Red Deer Public Library
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Karen brings a fresh and unique perspective to her practice areas. Having worked as a Solicitor in the UK for a number of years prior to moving to Red Deer, Karen’s approach to her client’s legal issues is enterprising.

Karen’s primary practice focus is on Canadian Immigration law where she assists both employers and individuals with their immigration needs ranging from first moving to Canada, applications to stay in Canada, Immigration Appeals and right through to Citizenship applications. Having worked exclusively as an Immigration Solicitor in the UK, Karen can also assist her clients with UK Immigration questions and issues.

Karen provides practical and tailored advice to her clients in other practice areas including Municipal law, Labour Law and Civil Litigation.

Karen is a law graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta – Called to the Alberta Bar in 2016
  • Law Society of England and Wales – Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales – 2011
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, Southern Alberta Branch, Immigration Section
  • Central Alberta Bar Society
  • Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) – Southern Alberta Chapter

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and Vice-Chair – City of Red Deer Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
  • Board Member – Red Deer Appeal and Review Board
  • Member of Board of Directors – Red Deer Hospice
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As an articling student with Chapman Riebeek LLP, Mathew is looking forward to gaining experience in all areas of the law. Mathew is working closely with our civil and commercial lawyers and assisting them with in-depth research, drafting, application and documentation preparation.  Mathew has gained invaluable experience in all aspects of the civil litigation process.

In addition, Mathew is also working closely with our Municipal lawyers and assists them with bylaw prosecutions on behalf of our Municipal clients.

Mathew looks forward to helping the Central Alberta community and welcomes the opportunity to meet new clients

Mathew is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law (J.D., 2017).

Memberships and Associations

  • The Law Society of Alberta
  • Central Alberta Bar Society

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