Emily McCartney

Emily is a dedicated and effective problem-solver. A partner in Gowling WLG’s Calgary office, Emily practices in the areas of corporate commercial litigation and professional liability defence. She represents her clients at all levels of court in Alberta, in administrative tribunals, and in alternative dispute resolution.

Emily's expertise spans advocacy for corporate clients in disputes related to energy, construction, product liability, and corporate crime, alongside regulatory and administrative practices covering medical defense, expropriation, and the environment. Emily also advises project developers on how best to structure and secure their projects to comply with and make the most of applicable regulatory rules.

Emily is an empathetic, trusted adviser, and loyal advocate for her clients, with her emphasis on finding practical solutions to complex legal issues. She is recognized as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers Canada 2023 for her commercial litigation practice.

Emily gives back to the profession and her community as a member of the Law Society of Alberta Conduct Committee Panel, and as a volunteer with Pro Bono Law Alberta’s King’s Bench Amicus Program which provides free legal advice and court assistance to low-income litigants. Emily leads the Firm’s TrueID Program, providing free notary services to people seeking to change their names and gender markers on their government-issued identification.


Better Than Average Returns: Making the Most of your Investment in Mediation, ADR Perspectives, Dec. 2018 <https://adric.ca/adr-perspectives/better-than-average-returns-making-the-most-of-your-investment-in-mediation/>

Barristers Briefs: Alberta court clarifies tracing principles in Ponzi schemes, CBA Law Matters, vol 42, no. 1, June 2017 <https://issuu.com/cbaalberta/docs/law_matters_spring_2017_final>

Corporate self-representation in arbitration, ADR Perspectives, Dec. 2016 <http://adric.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/McCartneySilverberg_Corporate-Self-Representation-in-Arbitrations.pdf>

Summary Judgment is the New Black: Why Arbitrators Can and Should Hear Motions for Summary Judgment, ADR Perspectives, Sep. 2014 <http://www.adric.ca/pdf/McCartneyEmily_SummaryJudgmentistheNewBlack.pdf>


Current State of the Law on Pre-Judgment Remedies, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference, May 2, 2018, Edmonton, Alberta