Laura M. Safran, Q.C., is a senior partner in the firm’s Calgary office and specializes in the areas of corporate/commercial, intellectual property and technology law. She is the head of Canada’s Aviation group, and co-head of Canada’s Education group.

Laura acts for national and international corporations, major institutions and government entities in respect of a wide variety of commercial and corporate transactions, including asset and share sales, asset leasing, asset-based financings, partnerships, joint ventures, corporate governance, outsourcing transactions and restructurings.

Laura has led significant mergers and acquisitions transactions on national and international levels. She also represents public sector clients in the education and health fields and has worked on a variety of public-private infrastructure transactions.  Laura’s practice also includes significant intellectual property and information technology related transactions. She has many years’ experience in the education law field and recently acted as Acting General Counsel of a major public school board and is general corporate counsel to a well known post-secondary polytechnic training institute.

Laura is a prominent aviation lawyer and held the position of Vice-President, Law and Corporate Secretary of Canadian Airlines International for a number of years. Since returning to private practice, she has represented a wide variety of aviation-industry clients, including Canadian and non-Canadian air carriers, with respect to new and used aircraft acquisitions, dispositions, leases and financings, airline operational and safety matters, aviation regulatory issues, aviation claims work, airport related matters and international air law matters.

Laura completed the update to the Canadian Encyclopedia Digest (4th ed.) on Aviation (Carswell), the first update since 1998 and also provides the sole annual Canadian updates to Getting the Deal Through – Air Transport and The Aviation Law Review.  She has also spoken widely in Canada and internationally on aviation law issues and was a Sessional Lecturer in Aviation Law at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law for many years.

Laura is consistently noted as a leading lawyer by all of the noteworthy global legal directories, including Canadian Legal Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Legal 500 CanadaWho’s Who LegalGuide to the World’s Leading Women in Business LawGuide to the Worlds’ Leading Aviation Lawyers and Expert Guides:  The Best of the Best (Aviation). She has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2004) by the WXN and the Globe & Mail, as well as one of the Leading Women Lawyers in Canada (2009) by LexpertChambers Global ranks Laura in Band 1 for transportation law: Aviation.

Laura is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and British Columbia.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary International Airport Authority, The Van Horne Institute and the Van Horne Foundation and is appointed by the federal Minister of Transport to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada as a part-time member.