- Osgoode, LLM (Civil Litigation)
- University of Calgary, LL.B.
- University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (International Law School Exchange).
- Queens University, B.A.H. (English Literature).
Melanie’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on construction, energy and securities disputes and bankruptcy and insolvency matters. She also advises clients on matters involving insurance law, class actions, product liability and commercial landlord disputes.
Acting on behalf of owners, contractors and subcontractors, Melanie regularly advises on commercial construction matters as well as energy, infrastructure, and pipeline construction disputes. She appears before all levels of court in Alberta and several administrative tribunals, and provides advice and conducts trials, mediations and arbitrations on various matters, including contractual disputes and joint venture operations. 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.