Laurie Goldbach



Laurie assists clients with tax litigation and dispute resolution, from the audit and objection stages to appeals before the courts. 

Her practice involves:

  • resolving and litigating, if necessary, tax issues such as the GAAR and tax avoidance, computation of profit, the meaning of inventory, interest deductibility, transfer pricing,  deductibility of certain benefits, treaty interpretation, and corporate reorganizations 
  • assisting with complex tax audits
  • ensuring that tax authorities operate within lawful parameters regarding their demands for information and documentation
  • correcting non-compliance issues 
  • representing corporate taxpayers in sales tax, fuel tax and other commodity tax disputes
  • pursuing judicial reviews in connection with the actions of taxing authorities
  • obtaining rectification and related equitable remedies related to transactions with unintended tax consequences
  • assisting clients participating in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Voluntary Disclosure Program

Laurie regularly appears before all levels of courts in Alberta and has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Laurie has completed the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada in-depth tax course.

Within our firm, Laurie is currently Regional Group Manager of Specialized Business Law and National Leader of our Tax Disputes and Litigation Group.


  • Kerry (Canada) Inc. v. Canada, 2019 FC 377: Successful application for judicial review to give effect to a decision of Canadian Competent Authority in the context of a transfer pricing dispute.
  • Burlington Resources Ltd. v. British Columbia, 2013 BCSC 292; 2015 BCCA 19: Lead counsel to a number of well servicing contractors in a long-standing, industry-wide dispute involving the applicability of provincial sales tax.
  • Neville v. National Foundation for Christian Leadership, 2014 BCCA 38: Appellate counsel to taxpayers in connection with the treatment of gifts under common law.
  • R v. Husky Oil Operations Limited, 2014 SKQB 116: Lead trial counsel in a successful multi-week trial to a number of well servicing contractors in a long-standing industry-wide dispute involving the applicability of provincial sales tax.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
  • Instructor on ethics and professional responsibility in the Law Society of Alberta’s mandatory education course for articling students (CPLED)

Community Involvement

  • Skate Canada Regional Representative

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the Women in Tax Leaders guide from World Tax as "highly regarded".
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Tax Law).
  • Recognized twice by Legal Media Group's - Benchmark Canada as a “litigation future star.”
  • Highlighted in the International Tax Review's Women in Tax Leaders Guide.
  • Recognized as a Tax Controversy Leader by International Tax Review.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2000
  • Ontario, 2000
  • LLB, University of Victoria, 1998
  • BA (Dist.), University of Western Ontario, 1995