Kathleen Ryan is a senior litigator with extensive experience appearing in all levels of courts in the province of Alberta. Her focus is on catastrophic injury litigation, professional malpractice, employment litigation and commercial litigation. Kathleen has been recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Practitioner in Canada in the area of Personal Injury Litigation. She is an elected Bencher (Director) of the Law Society of Alberta and an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Law Society of Alberta.

As part of her experience in injury litigation, Kathleen advances plaintiffs’ claims for serious personal injury. Kathleen’s significant litigation experience includes claims for fatality, brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, spinal cord injury, fractures, chronic injuries (including chronic pain and TMJ injury) and disability. Kathleen has dealt with insurers extensively and can help plaintiffs advance their claims to resolution or trial.

Kathleen also routinely represents employers throughout Alberta in a variety of employment law areas, including wrongful dismissal claims and human rights cases.

As part of her commercial litigation experience, Kathleen has represented companies, shareholders, employees and government. She has provided advice and counsel in commercial, corporate and insurance disputes. Kathleen’s representations include litigation respecting the construction of homes using untreated pine shakes as roofing materials, a breach of fiduciary duty claim against a former employee, and a dispute respecting insurance coverage related to a serious injury claim. Kathleen has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of corporate and commercial litigation since 2016.

In addition to her experience as a litigator, Kathleen counsels clients on and employs appropriate alternative dispute resolution strategies. She has taught or evaluated at the bar admission course in negotiation for over a decade.

Kathleen has presented and chaired at numerous seminars and continuing legal education events including: dealing with insurers, advocacy, damages, brain injury, employee evidence, and sexual harassment in the workplace.