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Tammy has been named a 2017 Lexpert Zenith Award recipient for her exceptional leadership skills and accomplishments in supporting the advancement of women in the legal profession. 

Tamela (Tammy) Coates is a senior litigation and dispute resolution partner in Lawson Lundell’s Calgary office.

Tammy brings more than 25 years of experience advising clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes and with respect to risk management. Currently, she serves clients in the energy, telecommunications, and financial and professional services sectors regarding complex claims involving commercial, environmental, and intellectual property issues and risk and reputational management.

Tammy has appeared before all levels of the Alberta Courts, and has experience before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She has extensive experience acting as counsel to numerous major energy companies with respect to upstream and commercial disputes, and landowner claims regarding water, soil, vegetation, and air contamination, including media and reputation management. She has also been retained to remedy issues regarding freehold leases, purchase and sale, operating, pooling, split title, and production disputes in addition to a variety of commercial disputes in insolvency situations, patent claims and misappropriation of intellectual property.

Tammy has acted as counsel to a major telecommunications company in a variety of commercial, corporate, and telecommunications related disputes, including corporate shareholding disclosure, facility and network placement, advertising and other publications, and class actions. She has also acted as counsel to an international wind development company and local developer in a commercial sale dispute and corollary dispute regarding connection rights to the provincial power grid.

Tammy frequently provides counsel to charities on a volunteer basis.

Tammy is a regular contributor to Lawson Lundell’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, a resource that examines current trends and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities.

Professional Activities

  • Practice Review Committee, Law Society of Alberta
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Former Professional Responsibility Committee, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) and ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Appointed Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
  • Former Guest instructor and/or Team Leader in Trial Advocacy for the University of Calgary, College of Law (for students)
  • Former Guest instructor in Trial Advocacy for the Legal Education Society of Alberta (for lawyers)

Community Activities

  • Founding Member and Former Chair, Care Canada’s “I Am Powerful” Council, Calgary (2013-2018)
  • Member of the advisory committee to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and former President, executive member, and volunteer
  • Member of the Founders’ Group of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area and long-term affiliation, including service as a Volunteer, Director, and President

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys: recognized as a Litigation Star for Energy and Natural Resources and General Commercial litigation in Alberta
  • The Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) Diversity 50 (2016)
  • Chambers Global 2011 and 2012 as a leading lawyer in the area of Dispute Resolution: Alberta
  • Calgary Inc. Magazine: selected as one of Calgary’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2004/2005
  • 2017 Lexpert Zenith Award: Recognized for the advancement of women in the legal profession
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the 2016 editorial for Technology, media and telecoms
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2013 in the area of Dispute Resolution
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory:  Distinguished Peer Rated 4.3 out of 5
  • Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award - Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice

Experience

Experience

  • Numerous engagements as counsel to major energy companies with respect to landowner claims regarding water, soil, vegetation, and air contamination, including media and reputation management
  • Numerous engagements as counsel to several energy companies regarding freehold leases, purchase and sale, operating, pooling, split title, and production disputes
  • Counsel to a major telecommunications company in a variety of commercial, corporate, and telecommunications related disputes, including corporate shareholding disclosure, facility and network placement, advertising and other publications, and class actions
  • Multiple engagements as counsel to energy and financial companies regarding a variety of commercial disputes in insolvency situations
  • Counsel to a major international drilling and servicing company with respect to patent claims and misappropriation of intellectual property
  • Counsel to a licencee and developer regarding a licensing and patent dispute arising out of developing crop lines
  • Counsel to an international wind development company and local developer in a commercial sale and corollary dispute regarding connection rights to the provincial power grid
  • Counsel to an energy company regarding tripartite set-off in an insolvency context
  • Extensive experience acting as mediation, Judicial Dispute Resolution, and case management counsel
  • Counsel to a financial institution regarding professional liability claims and commercial underwriting
  • Counsel to a professional placement firm with respect to executive termination and disgorgement of self-payments
  • Pro bono counsel to a Southern Alberta health charity
  • Counsel to public institutions and other property owners regarding mold claims, including health and safety policy development
  • Counsel to two groups of landowners regarding water and flood claims and water management issues

News & Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 Canadian Bar Association Legal Conference, "Red Flags: Addressing Challenges Before They Become Problems.", August 17, 2015, Speaker
  • Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession, Calgary, March 4, 2015, Panelist
  • ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. Conference: Full Spectrum ADR From Local Workplace to International Marketplace, October 2009, Panelist and Speaker
  • Women in Leadership Conference, Calgary, November 2007, Speaker
  • Mold Conference 2005 - Managing the Art, Science and Outrage Associated with Mold in Buildings, November 26, 2005, Presenter
  • Insight's "Hazardous Building Materials Forum", December 2003, Co-chair and presenter
Tamela Coates, Lawson Lundell Photo
Calgary
t 403.218.7534
f 403.269.9494

Assistant Contact

  • Frankie Deni
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 403.218.7518

Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (1989)

Education

University of Saskatchewan (LL.B, 1988, with Great Distinction)

FCIArb (Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), (October 2014)

Negotiation Training Courses at the Harvard Program on Negotiation (Summer 2008)

Successfully completed formal training through the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society with respect to mediation neutrals

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