Renee Reichelt is a partner in our Litigation Group in Calgary, our National Class Actions Group, National Securities Litigation Group, Financial Services Litigation Group and our White Collar Defence and Investigations Group. She is also a member of the firm's Board of Partners.
Her approach to dispute resolution is to develop strategies that are based on a deep understanding of her client’s business objectives, establishing a structured team-client approach to projects, and striving to mentor junior lawyers.
Renee practices in a number of corporate commercial litigation areas, including: banking litigation, securities litigation, class action litigation, shareholder disputes and oppression actions, negligence and contract disputes, creditor-debtor disputes, oil and gas litigation, employment matters, land development disputes, and environmental litigation. She also routinely acts on matters involving fraud litigation and reputational risk. She has extensive experience in litigating and advising clients in the financial services industry, including major banks and brokerage firms.
Renee has trial, appeal, and chambers experience in Alberta and British Columbia and has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, both the Alberta and British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. She has also represented parties before administrative, regulatory and disciplinary tribunals, including the Alberta Securities Commission and IIROC, as well as at arbitrations and mediations.
Renee is recognized by Chambers Canada in the area of General Commercial (Alberta) and as a Future Star in Benchmark Canada. In 2015 she was named among Lexpert magazine’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.
Renee is a contributing author to the fourth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada, published by LexisNexis. She is also featured in Understanding Canadian eDiscovery, a McCarthy Tétrault video that introduces and demystifies the issues that clients face in electronic discoveries.
Renee is a director for the Alberta Theatre Projects, a not-for-profit professional theatre company in Calgary, Alberta.
Renee volunteers as an instructing lawyer for Pro Bono Students Canada Dare to Dream Pro Bono Legal Education Project for Siksika Nation. She is also a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s Pride Network.
Renee’s relevant experience includes:
- Acting as counsel on numerous cases, including class actions, shareholder disputes, and cases relating to allegations of fraud, such as Ponzi schemes and mortgage fraud schemes. Select reported cases include: King v Arnett, 2006 ABQB 639; Ramias v Johnson, 2009 ABQB 386; Dynasty Furniture Manufacturing Ltd v Toronto-Dominion Bank, 2009 ABQB 388.
- Lead counsel for leading renewable resource company on a constructive trust claim involving a 150-megawatt windfarm. Select reported cases include: Scott & Associates Engineering Ltd v Ghost Pine Windfarm, LP, 2011 ABQB 339; Scott & Associates Engineering Ltd v Ghost Pine Windfarm, LP, 2011 ABQB 630.
- Alberta counsel for a Schedule 1 Bank on a class action relating to allegations associated with merchant discount fees.
- Representing public and private companies and individuals before various regulators, including the Alberta Securities Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission, on a variety of alleged securities law violations, including liability relating to accounting restatements. Select reported cases include: Re Silverstar Energy Inc et al v HMTQ, 2004 BCSC 1115.
- Counsel for investment dealers and advisors in civil and regulatory securities actions. Select reported cases include: Ezer v Yorkton Securities Inc, 2005 BCCA 22; Ezer v Yorkton Securities Inc, 2005 BCCA 488; Wellington West Capital & Walters-Sagher (Re), 2013 IIROC 46.
- Acting for financial institutions in alleged privacy breaches, including at the Federal Court of Canada, in all matters that involve reputational risk and in relation to third party demands for information, including all investigatory bodies and other litigants.
- Routinely acting for investment dealers and advisors in claims alleging negligence and in allegations of unsuitable and discretionary training. Select reported cases include: Pashak v J.F. Mackie and Company Ltd, 2016 ABCA 195.
- Extensive experience in matters involving extraordinary relief, including injunctions and Anton Pillar orders. Select reported cases include: Sasol Technology (Proprietary) Limited v de Klerk, 2009 ABQB 599.