Laura Poppel

Senior Associate

Calgary
LPoppel@blg.com
403.232.9575

Laura’s general commercial litigation practice focuses on the oil and gas, electricity market and banking sectors. She represents financial institutions in banking litigation, including:

  • fraud
  • bills of exchange
  • Ponzi scheme claims
She also represents clients involved in contractual and shareholder disputes, disputes involving director and officer liability and residential tenancy matters.

Laura has extensive experience appearing before all levels of Courts in Alberta, and in regulatory proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Experience

  • General
    • Representing the Bank of Nova Scotia, a Canadian charted bank, in several Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench Actions
    • Representing the Bank of Montreal, a Canadian charted bank, in several Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench Actions
    • Representing corporations named as Defendants in potential class actions
    • Representing numerous oil and gas companies in various ongoing disputes in the Court of Queen's Bench
    • Representing landlords in numerous residential tenancy proceedings in both Alberta and British Columbia
  • Recent Reported Decisions
    •  Acted as co-counsel in successfully defending an application for forum non conveniens (2020 ABQB 723)
    • Acted as co-counsel in successfully defending an appeal of a trial decision concerning a residential property claim brought against a realtor and her brokerage (2020 ABCA 107)
    • Acted as co-counsel for IntelliView Technologies Inc. in a successful application to declare an individual a vexatious litigant in both the Court of Queen's Bench (2018 ABQB 961) and the Federal Court of Canada (2019 FC 504)
    • Acted as co-counsel for the Bank of Nova Scotia in a successful application for summary dismissal of three potential class actions on a summary judgment basis(2016 ABQB 726).
    • Acted as co-counsel for the Market Surveillance Administrator in a successful application to resist an application for judicial review (2016 ABQB 133)
    • Representing the Market Surveillance Administrator in Alberta Utilities Commission Proceeding No. 23535: Application for Approval of a Settlement Agreement.
    • Representing the Market Surveillance Administrator in Alberta Utilities Commission Proceeding 22797: Applications to review and vary Decision 21115-D01-2017.
    • Representing the Market Surveillance Administrator in Alberta Utilities Commission Proceeding 21115: Application by the Market Surveillance Administrator Regarding the Publication of the Historical Trading Report.
    • Representing the Market Surveillance Administrator in Alberta Utilities Commission Proceeding No. 3110: Market Surveillance Administrator allegations against TransAlta Corporation et al., Mr. Nathan Kaiser and Mr. Scott Connelly.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, civil claims duty counsel, Provincial Court of Alberta
  • Volunteer, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Amicus Project
  • Volunteer, Children’s Legal and Educational Resource Centre (CLERC)
  • Volunteer, Legal Education Society of Alberta, CPLED

Awards & Recognitions

  • Anthony G. Draper Memorial Prize, awarded for the highest mark in remedies
  • D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize, awarded for the highest standing in remedies
  • David and Myrna Bowman Prize, awarded for the highest standing in evidence
  • D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize, awarded for the highest standing in property law
  • D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize, awarded for the highest standing in constitutional law

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2015
  • JD, University of Manitoba, 2014
  • BA, Brandon University, 2010