Barbara Stratton is co-head of the firm's health law practice. She is a lawyer whose practice focuses on estate (wills) litigation, employment law and health law including medical malpractice (defence).
Wills and Estate Litigation
Barbara assists families in disputes over wills and issues relating to personal directives, enduring powers of attorney and family maintenance and support claims (previously referred to as dependent relief or family relief claims). She provides practical advice and takes proactive steps to lessen the risk that a claim is made against an estate. When lawsuits occur, Barbara regularly uses alternate dispute remedies to resolve the litigation without a trial. She also has extensive experience in court, having appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and having had hearings before various administrative panels, public inquiries and professional regulatory bodies.
Employment Law, Privacy Law and Human Rights Breaches
Employers rely on Barbara to provide strategic advice in employment law, including employee terminations, privacy and human rights. She represents employers in lawsuits brought in court and claims made to the Human Rights Commission and to the Privacy Commission.
Barbara assists employees who have experienced job loss or a breach of their human rights or privacy in negotiating settlements. She also represents the employee in Court if a lawsuit is started or when a claim is filed with the Human Rights or Privacy Commissions.
Barbara represents physicians and surgeons in civil litigation, billing issues and hospital and College complaints. She also appears before numerous health regulatory bodies, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
Speaking Engagements and Volunteer Organizations
Barbara presents to various groups on estate (wills) litigation, health law, employment law and civil litigation. She is also a facilitator at the Alberta bar admission course (CPLED).
In addition to her practice, Barbara is a member of the Legal Forum. She is a mentor with the Alberta Lawyers' Assistance Society and an active volunteer with Edmonton area charities. Barbara was a member of the Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch) Planning Committee for the Alberta Court of Appeal 100 year Anniversary Symposium, and is a Past Chair of both the Wills, Estates and Trusts and Civil Litigation sections of the CBA (Alberta Branch, Northern).