Kathleen Ryan, Q.C.
Kathleen Ryan is a senior litigator with extensive experience appearing in all levels of courts in the province of Alberta. Her focus is on consumer and injury litigation, professional malpractice, employment litigation and commercial litigation. Kathleen is the head of the Injury Law Practice Group in Edmonton and is recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Practitioner in Canada in the area of Personal Injury Litigation. She is an elected Bencher (member of the Board of Directors) of the Law Society of Alberta.
As part of her experience in injury litigation, Kathleen represents clients sustaining life threatening or serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents, medical incidents, or other tortious events. Kathleen helps those who have been injured by assisting them in advancing claims against insurance companies that defend the interests of tortfeasors.
Kathleen provides assistance in respect of dealing with insurers, evaluating fair damages for claims for injured plaintiffs, accident reconstruction, and in litigating such cases at trial. Kathleen's recent retainers in serious injury cases include claims for serious brain injuries (adults and infants), claims for permanent injuries requiring surgery and claims for chronic pain.
Kathleen also routinely represents employers throughout Alberta in a variety of employment law areas, including wrongful dismissal claims and human rights cases. Kathleen has also developed significant experience in occupational health and safety matters. Kathleen's recent retainers in occupational health and safety matters include investigations in respect of workplace fatalities and severe workplace injury. Kathleen also counsels clients on loss prevention and has access to resources to advise employers in both prevention of workplace incidents and corrective action.
As part of her commercial litigation experience, Kathleen has represented companies, shareholders, employees and government. She has provided advice and counsel in commercial, corporate and insurance disputes. Kathleen's recent representations include litigation respecting the construction of homes using untreated pine shakes as roofing materials, a breach of fiduciary duty claim against a former employee, and a dispute respecting insurance coverage related to a serious injury claim.
In addition to her experience as a litigator, Kathleen counsels clients on and employs appropriate alternative dispute resolution strategies. She teaches the bar admission course in negotiation.
Kathleen has chaired or presented at numerous seminars and continuing legal education events. She has presented in numerous areas of the law including: dealing with insurers, advocacy, damages, brain injury, employee evidence, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
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