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. She is a senior advocacy lawyer who holds over 25 years of litigation experience, particularly in the areas of medical defence and health law, energy and natural resources.

Committed to obtaining the best possible outcomes for her clients, Karen practises primarily in the area of professional negligence. She provides trusted litigation counsel to physicians, dentists, veterinarians and other health care professionals, and represents these clients before the Alberta and federal courts. She also appears before professional regulatory bodies such as the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, as well as before hospital boards and arbitration panels.

In recognition of her ability to protect and defend her clients’ interests, Karen has been consistently recognized by her peers for her top-tier medical negligence expertise in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Outside of her litigation practice, Karen is a highly engaged volunteer in the Calgary community. She serves as a board member of a non-profit shelter, sits on the Major Gifts Council of the RESOLVE campaign and on the board of Hockey Calgary, and is a community mentor for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She is also a member of the board of governors of Brentwood College School in B.C. 

Karen is a frequent instructor in advocacy skills and strategies. She has delivered presentations, courses and workshops for a range of professional groups, including The Advocates’ Society and the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

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

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

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

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

    • Community
      Brentwood College School — Board of Governors
  • 1999

    • Community
      Calgary Regional Planning Committee
  • 1996

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

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

    • Education
      Dalhousie University, LLB
  • 1985

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


  • 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)