Gary Wanless

Gary W. Wanless

Telephone: 403 346 6603 | Fax: 403 340 1280 | Email: gwanless@chapmanriebeek.com
Assistant: Tanis Woodfin | Assistant’s Email: twoodfin@chapmanriebeek.com 

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation – Advancing, Protecting and Defending your rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Condominium Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Contract and Real Estate Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Creditor/Debtor Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant Litigation
  • Property Disputes
  • Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

 

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation – Advancing, Protecting and Defending your rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Condominium Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Contract and Real Estate Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Creditor/Debtor Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant Litigation
  • Property Disputes
  • Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

Our Practice

Civil Litigation

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Wills & Estates Law

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Employment Law

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Real Estate Law

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Family Law

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Alberta Labour Law

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Municipal Law

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Immigration Law

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Why Choose Us

Local Lawyers with an Albertan Skillset

Get Expert Legal Advice in Red Deer from Lawyers who have operated at a provincial and federal level. 

People First

Many competing firms treat their clients as file numbers.  We pride ourselves on offering a personalized approach based on human contact.  With effective communication and continuous contact we guide our clients at each step of the legal process.

1000s of Successful Cases

We are one of the best law firms in Red Deer with over 70 years and 1000s of successful cases.

Our Philosophy

1

Know The Law

We stay current on changes in all aspects of the law so you don’t have to.

2

History, Reputation, and Experience

We have been serving Red Deer since the 1950’s.

 

3

Excellence

We do everything we can in the best interest of our clients.  Every case.  Every time.

Our Lawyers

We are a unique group of talented lawyers committed to providing consistently high quality services.

Gary W. Wanless

Gary W. Wanless

Counsel

Nancy Bergstrom

Nancy Bergstrom

Counsel

Suzanne Alexander Smith

Suzanne Alexander-Smith, K.C.

Partner

Tyler Nightingale

Tyler Nightingale

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Shawn E. Frank

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