Taryn C. Burnett, KC

Taryn Burnett is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office. Her practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation and privacy related matters.

In her civil and commercial litigation practice, Taryn's practice focuses on professional and product liability. Taryn acts as counsel for physicians on behalf of the Canadian Medical Protective Association. She also regularly represents the interests of psychologists, physiotherapists, accountants, engineers, architects and many other professionals in defending claims arising out of errors and omission, insurance coverage issues and related matters.

In addition, Taryn acts on product liability cases in various industries, including the automobile industry, where she has been the trusted adviser to a large industry client migrating their risk, providing creative solutions and delivering dedicated client service.

In her privacy practice, Taryn advises clients on issues pertaining to privacy compliance, responding to privacy breaches and requests for access to information as well as other legal issues of significance to clients relating to privacy. She has appeared as counsel on privacy related matters before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, professional regulatory bodies and other administrative bodies.

Taryn has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta. She has also appeared before the Federal Court, Trial Division and the Federal Court of Appeal. Taryn also represents clients in proceedings before various administrative tribunals, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Associations professionnelles

  • American Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Washington State Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society) Canada Conference, Toronto, ON, September 2017
  • RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society) Canada Conference, Calgary, AB, September 2016

Mandats représentatifs

  • Hudye Inc. v Rosowsky, 2022 ABCA 279: Counsel to the respondents/cross-appellants in a solicitor negligence case that addresses a lawyer's fiduciary obligations, particularly in circumstances when a lawyer acquires an financial benefit or equity interest in a transaction with a client.
  • Dr. Mays Abdulghafoor v University of Calgary, 2021 ABQB 187; Counsel to the applicant in a judicial review application concerning a decision by the University of Calgary to dismiss her from the fellowship program.
  • Yellowhorn v Bastien, 2019 ABQB 444; Counsel to the defendant in a matter involving informed consent under the Traffic Safety Act and negligent entrustment.
  • Condominium Plan No. 0625385 v. Oxford Grande Ltd., 2017 ABQB 316; Counsel to one of the defendants in a class action commenced by the Owners of the named Condominium Plan.
  • Winship v. Stantec Consulting Ltd, 2016 ABQB468; Counsel to the defendant in a matter of breach of contract, negligent performance of a service and negligent misrepresentation.
  • Fisher v. Coral Hill Energy Inc., 2013 ABQB437; Counsel to the defendant in a matter of rightful ownership and the right to benefit from a corporate opportunity.
  • Chisholm v. Lindsay, 2012 ABQB 349; Counsel to the defendant in a matter involving personal injuries arising from a motor vehicle accident.
  • Sima v. Hui, 2008 ABQB 104; Counsel to the defendant in a complicated medical malpractice case.
  • Benoit v. General Motors of Canada Limited 2008 ABQB 42; Counsel to the defendant in an action for product liability.
  • Halford v. Seed Hawk Inc., 2006 FCA 275; Counsel to the respondent in a patent infringement case.
  • Graham v. Bonnycastle, 2004 ABCA 270; Counsel to the defendants in a solicitor negligence case involving the preparation of a will.