Melanie’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on construction and energy disputes. She also advises clients on disputes involving insurance law, securities, product liability, commercial leasing and municipal matters.
Acting on behalf of joint venture partners, owners, contractors and subcontractors, Melanie has extensive experience in energy, infrastructure, and pipeline operations and construction disputes. She appears before all levels of court in Alberta and in international and domestic arbitrations, as well as before mediators and various administrative tribunals.. More recently, she has been lead counsel on a number of large construction and joint venture arbitrations involving construction and joint venture disputes, compliance audits and joint venture billing practices.
Melanie also has considerable experience in bankruptcy and insolvency law. She has acted on behalf of both debtors and creditors in various restructuring and liquidation proceedings, including bankruptcy, CCAA, and receiverships. Melanie has advised parties regarding insolvency on commodity trading contracts and joint venture assets and operations in the energy industry. Her experience also includes representing clients in respect of asset purchases from insolvent parties, claims procedures for unsecured creditors, and advice on continuing relationships between a debtor and its creditors within and after restructuring occurs.
She has worked with clients regarding various regulatory matters, including development board appeals and environmental/contaminated site investigations and issues.
In addition, Melanie advises clients in subrogation actions, coverage issues and liability defence matters in the insurance area, most frequently coverage disputes and insurance issues arising in energy projects. She also assists clients in disputes regarding commercial leasing, subleasing and landlord collections, providing advice to commercial landlords and property managers regarding tenancy issues.