Tamela Coates, FCIArb., QC

Lawson Lundell - Alberta


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Tamela (Tammy) Coates, QC, FCIArb. is a senior litigation and dispute resolution partner in Lawson Lundell’s Calgary office. 

Tammy brings more than 25 years of experience advising clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes and with respect to risk management. Currently, she serves clients in the energy, telecommunications, and financial and professional services sectors regarding complex claims involving commercial, environmental, and intellectual property issues and risk and reputational management. 

Tammy has appeared before all levels of the Alberta Courts, and has experience before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She has extensive experience acting as counsel to numerous major energy companies with respect to upstream and commercial disputes, and landowner claims regarding water, soil, vegetation, and air contamination, including media and reputation management. She has also been retained to remedy issues regarding freehold leases, purchase and sale, operating, pooling, split title, and production disputes in addition to a variety of commercial disputes in insolvency situations, patent claims and misappropriation of intellectual property. 

Tammy has acted as counsel to a major telecommunications company in a variety of commercial, corporate, and telecommunications related disputes, including corporate shareholding disclosure, facility and network placement, advertising and other publications, and class actions. She has also acted as counsel to an international wind development company and local developer in a commercial sale dispute and corollary dispute regarding connection rights to the provincial power grid. 

Tammy is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is recognised by Best Lawyers in Canada for her Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Defamation and Media Law, and Administrative and Public Law experience. 

Tammy frequently provides counsel to charities on a volunteer basis. 

Tammy is a regular contributor to Lawson Lundell’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, a resource that examines current trends and interesting issues emerging in the legal and business communities.


Updated July 2021