Karen Pirie Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1990 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403 298 1870

Fax: +1 403 263 9193

Email: karen.pirie@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary



Karen Pirie

Karen Pirie is a partner and litigator in the Calgary office of Gowling WLG.

A senior advocacy lawyer with over 30 years of litigation experience, Karen practises primarily in the area of professional negligence, providing trusted litigation counsel to physicians, dentists, veterinarians and other health care professionals and representing these clients before the Alberta and federal courts.

Over the course of her career, Karen has appeared before all levels of the Alberta, as well as professional regulatory bodies, and handled applications for leave to appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada. She is routinely recognized as a leader in her field by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and The Best Lawyers™ in Canada.

Karen complements her practice by teaching courses in advocacy to both law students and lawyers, and also conducting seminars for medical students, residents and physicians. 

Outside of her practice, Karen remains active in her community. She is currently vice-chair of the Board of Calgary Alpha House Society, Chair of Hockey Calgary, on the Board of Directors of North Point School for Boys and vice-chair of the Board of Governors for Brentwood College School. 

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

    • Community
       2016
      Hockey Calgary — Member, Board of Directors
    • Community
       2016
      Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — Community Mentor
    • Community
       2016
      RESOLVE Campaign — Member, Major Gifts Council
  • 2014

    • Community
       2014
      North Point School for Boys — Founding Director, Board Secretary
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
       2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory — Medical Negligence
  • 2010

    • Community
       2010
      Glenlake Minor Hockey Association — Board of Directors
  • 2001

    • Community
       2001
      Brentwood College School — Board of Governors
  • 1999

    • Community
       1999
      Calgary Regional Planning Committee
  • 1996

    • Community
       1996
      Calgary Alpha House Society — Board of Directors
  • 1990

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1990
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 1989

    • Education
       1989
      Dalhousie University, LLB
  • 1985

    • Education
       1985
      Lewis & Clark College — BA, History (Hons.)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Calgary Medical-Legal Society
  • Dalhousie University Alumni Association
  • The Advocates’ Society: Challenging Credibility, Panelist and Instructor (February 2016)
  • End-of-Life Decision Making in PICUs in Alberta-Legal Aspects, Alberta Children’s Hospital rounds (December 2015)
  • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition Judge (November 2015)
  • Medical-Legal Risk Management in Family Practice, CMPA Symposium (May 2015)
  • The Advocates’ Society:  Oral and Written Advocacy (May 2014)
  • LESA:  Civil Advocacy Series — The Final Argument (April 2010)