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Karen’s practice focuses on commercial disputes with an emphasis on the energy industry, including oil, gas and electricity in both litigation and regulatory matters.
Karen advises energy companies in litigation related to:
• oil and gas operations
• environmental contamination matters
• contracts, acquisitions and divestitures
• and mineral ownership and title disputes.
She also acts for electricity clients in regulatory proceedings as well as on unregulated matters, and for oil and gas clients in environmental matters.
Karen does both trial and appellate work and has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Karen is involved with BLG's Team North®.
Before being called to the Bar, Karen clerked with the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, then joined Howard Mackie LLP, one of BLG's five founding firms.
Karen provides legal services through a Law Corporation.
Nova Chemicals Corporation, in an application before the Alberta Court of King's Bench concerning the Province of Alberta's unlawful collection of C$20 million in royalties relating to gas processed at the Harmattan Gas Processing Plant.
ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. on issues related to ownership of natural gas from coal, including successful proceedings before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal.
Northwest Territories Power Corporation on numerous regulated and unregulated matters in the Northwest Territories before the NWT Public Utilities Board and others.
One of Canada’s largest integrated energy companies in various litigation matters including those related to joint operating and reserves dedication agreements, and in a dispute related to CAPL, involving processing arrangements and right to take in kind.
Electricity generation companies in numerous regulatory proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission and in arbitration proceedings concerning Power Purchase Arrangements and other contractual disputes.
A North American energy producer on various litigation matters including in relation to a divestiture dispute, a dispute over validity of lease hold interests and a dispute over entitlements to government incentives on an acquisition.
Oil and gas clients on environmental contamination matters.
Oil and gas clients in both upstream and downstream matters related to rights of first refusal, royalty agreements, processing arrangements and matters arising out of acquisition and divestitures.
Oil and gas clients on regulatory matters before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. as co-counsel in multiple split-title oil and gas cases in relation to ownership of evolved natural gas (including successful proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada).
A major financial institution in class actions proceedings related to a fraudulent investment scheme.
Banks and other financial institutions in relation to fraud matters.
Clients in relation to corporate takeovers, shareholder disputes, corporate oppression claims and securities litigation matters.
A major manufacturer of breast implants in product liability matters.
Member, Canadian Bar Association, Natural Resources Subsection
Member, Calgary Bar Association
Past Vice President, Ringette Alberta
Past Board of Directors, Ringette Alberta
Bow View Ringette Association, coordinator/coach
Board of Directors, Calgary Rowing Club
Awards & Recognitions
Recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law) and in the 2024 (and since 2017) edition of TheBest Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Commercial Litigation).
Recognized in the 2023 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Energy (Electricity))
Recognized in the 2023 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Energy
Recognized in the 2023 (and since 2019) edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as “Litigation Star” (Class Actions, Energy, Commercial; Oil and Gas).
Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star.
Recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star: Alberta."
Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.