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Renee Reichelt
Renee Reichelt (she, her, hers) Partner | Calgary

About Renee

Renee's practice focuses on corporate commercial litigation, including banking litigation, securities litigation, class action litigation, shareholder disputes and oppression actions, oil and gas litigation, construction disputes, negligence and contract disputes, employment matters, land development disputes, and environmental litigation. She also routinely acts on matters involving fraud litigation and reputational risk.

Renee has extensive experience in litigating and advising clients in the financial services industry, including major banks and investment dealers.

Renee has trial, appeal and chambers experience in Alberta Court of King's Bench and the British Columbia Supreme Court, and has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Saskatchewan Court of King's Bench and both the Alberta and British Columbia Courts of Appeal.

She has also represented parties at arbitrations and mediations and before administrative, regulatory and disciplinary tribunals, including the Alberta Securities Commission, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the IIROC. 

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Recent representative matters include:

  • Acting as counsel on numerous cases, including class actions, shareholder disputes and cases relating to allegations of fraud, including Ponzi schemes and mortgage fraud schemes

  • Counsel in various class actions on behalf of a multinational technology company, a telecommunications company and various financial institutions

  • Lead counsel for a leading renewable resource company on a constructive trust claim involving a 150-megawatt wind farm

  • Alberta counsel for a Schedule 1 bank on a class action relating to allegations associated with merchant discount fees

  • Representing public and private companies and individuals before various regulators, including the Alberta Securities Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission, on a variety of alleged securities law violations, including liability relating to accounting restatements

  • Counsel for investment dealers and advisers in civil and regulatory securities actions

  • Acting for financial institutions in alleged privacy breaches, including at the Federal Court of Canada, in all matters that involve reputational risk and in relation to third-party demands for information, including all investigatory bodies and other litigants

  • Routinely acting for investment dealers and advisers in claims alleging negligence and allegations of unsuitable and discretionary training

  • Extensive experience in matters involving extraordinary relief, including injunctions and Anton Pillar orders

Awards & Recognition

Renee is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2019–2024: Litigation Star – Class Actions, Commercial, Competition/Antitrust, Labour and Employment, and Securities; 2018: Litigation Future Star)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (2022–2024: Leading Lawyer: Dispute Resolution – Alberta; 2020–2021: Next Generation Partner)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2023–2024: Litigation: Securities – Alberta (Spotlight Table); 2020–2024: Litigation: General Commercial – Alberta; 2019: Up and Coming)

  • Benchmark Canada’s Top 100 Women in Litigation – 2022–2024

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2023: Corporate and Commercial Litigation; 2020 and 2023: Class Action Litigation)

  • Lexpert magazine, November/December 2015 (Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40)

Professional Activities

Renee is a director for the Alberta Theatre Projects, a not-for-profit professional theatre company in Calgary.

She also volunteers as an instructing lawyer for the Pro Bono Students Canada Dare to Dream Pro Bono Legal Education project for Siksika Nation.

Renee is a contributing author to the fourth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada: A Guide for Defendants, published by LexisNexis.

Professional Appearances

Admitted to the Alberta Bar – 2006
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2003
LLB, University of British Columbia – 2002
BA (Criminology), Simon Fraser University – 1999

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