Robyn High is pragmatic and results-oriented, working collaboratively with clients to define and achieve desired outcomes.
As a former Crown Prosecutor, Robyn has extensive knowledge and practice in criminal and regulatory procedure and offences and is frequently called upon to assist clients in civil proceedings arising out of, and running in parallel to, criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Robyn regularly advises clients in matters involving the use of evidence, compliance obligations, search and seizure, and individual and corporate rights under various legislation and the Charter.
Robyn is a member of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Corporate Crime, Compliance and Investigations Group and maintains a broad litigation practice representing clients on a broad range of legal issues including matters involving aviation, personal and institutional fraud recovery, vexatious litigants, contractual disputes, and electricity and energy disputes concerning Alberta’s Power Purchase Arrangements.
Robyn has appeared regularly before Alberta’s provincial and superior courts and has prepared and advised clients appearing voluntarily or by summons before various governmental agencies and committees including the Government of Canada Investment Review Branch, the Government of Canada Senate and House Committees, and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.
Robyn is passionate about good governance, the rule of law and post-conflict transitions. Her interest and study in international development has taken her around the world including work in Ghana, West Africa and The Hauge, Netherlands. She has co-authored legal opinions for international organizations on matters of international jurisdiction and crimes against humanity, money laundering and terrorism.
- Legal counsel to a financial institution regarding on a number of successful applications under Civil Practice Note 7 including Saunders v Royal Bank of Canada, 2021 ABQB 941
- Legal counsel to a Respondent lien claimant in Avli BRC Developments Inc v BMP Construction Management Ltd, 2021 ABQB 412
- Representing defrauded investors respecting a complex multi-million dollar Joint Venture Profit Sharing fraud scheme
- Legal counsel to a major airline respecting civil claims for personal injury and other claims governed by the Canada Transportation Act, the Tokyo Convention and the Montreal Convention
- Legal counsel to a governmental ministry in a high-profile matter involving criminal fraud by a former employee and civil recovery of defrauded funds
- Representing a municipal school board in matters related to student criminal conduct;
- Representing a non-profit charitable agency in matters related to occupiers liability and sexual assault
- Legal counsel to an oil and gas exploration company respecting a private lender fraud
- Representing a corporation in recovery of stolen proprietary equipment valued at over $1,000,000.00
- J.D., The University of Calgary, 2016
- B.A., (Hon.) International Development, The University of Calgary, 2012
- Volunteer legal counsel, Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC), Edmonton, AB
Memberships And Affiliations
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Alberta and Canadian Bar Associations, Criminal and Civil Litigation subsections
- Member, Public International Law and Policy Group
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