Ricki-Lee practices civil litigation. Her main focus is on media law, constitutional law, administrative law, and complex contract, tort, and corporate governance and securities claims. In her media law practice, she has particular experience in defamation actions, competitive advertising, intellectual property, and providing pre-publication advice. Ricki-Lee is also a member of the Research & Opinions Group and works with clients to solve complex issues, often related to private international law, customary international law, statutory and treaty interpretation and administrative and constitutional law.

Prior to joining Lawson Lundell LLP, Ricki-Lee completed her Master of Laws at Harvard Law School specializing in media law, international law, and constitutional law with a focus on freedom of expression. She was awarded a Harvard Summer Academic Fellowship and was a research assistant to a Harvard Law professor specializing in comparative constitutional law.

Ricki-Lee is a former judicial law clerk at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and previously taught Tort Law as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.  An avid traveller, Ricki-Lee has lived in Spain, Ecuador, the Netherlands, the US and Australia.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Editorial Board, Law Matters
  • Calgary Women Studying Law Association, Mentor
  • Law Society of Alberta, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Vancouver Bar Association, Member
  • Calgary Bar Association, Member
  • Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, Member

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards 2021: Bell Canada Inc., Rogers Communications Canada Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., and TELUS Communications Inc. v. the City of Calgary
  • Harvard Summer Academic Fellow
  • The Right Honorable Viscount Bennett Scholarship
  • The Osgoode Society Legal History Book Prize
  • Miller Thomson LLP Prize in Legal Ethics
  • W. Bernie Kelly, QC Prize in Legal Ethics

News & Publications

News & Publications

  • "The Canadian Surveillance State", Harvard LLM Paper (Published in Harvard Law Library)
  • "Journalist Source Privilege in an Age of Digital Surveillance", (Fellowship Paper, Pending)

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Sessional Instructor, Tort Law, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, presenting on negligence, intentional torts, vicarious liability and novel and emerging torts related to privacy and institutional liability, 2016-2017

Guest Presenter at the Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America, “Copyright and Contracts: The Legal Basics of Digital and Traditional Publishing” January 2017

Canadian Law and Society Conference, Vancouver, BC, presenting on defamation law in Canada, the US, and the UK, June 2013

Presenter at Lawson Lundell LLP’s seminar series to in-house counsel, “Defamation in the Business World: How to navigate the complex world of defamation in the online age", March 2019

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Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (2015)
  • British Colombia (2019)
  • Northwest Territories (2021)


  • Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2016)
  • University of Calgary (J.D., 2014) 
  • Western University (B.A. (Honours), 2010)
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