Karen Pirie, KC 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, KC

Karen Pirie, KC, 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 chair of the Board of Governors for Brentwood College School.

Career & Recognition

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  • 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)