Tamela (Tammy) Coates is a senior litigation and dispute resolution partner in the Calgary office of Dentons Canada LLP ("Dentons"). She also sits on the firm’s Global Risk Management Committee. For the past two years, she was the Managing Partner of the Calgary office.
Tammy was called to the Bar in 1989 and has spent her career with Dentons (Calgary). Through the years, she has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial and risk management disputes. Currently, her practice focuses on clients in the energy, telecommunications, and financial sectors regarding complex claims involving commercial, environmental, and intellectual property issues and risk and reputational management. She also routinely provides counsel to charities on a volunteer basis.
In addition to having appeared before all levels of the Alberta Courts, Tammy has experience with the B.C. 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 Canadian 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.
Recent recommendations include that by Chambers Global: The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 as a leading lawyer in the area of Dispute Resolution: Alberta. Tammy is also a recipient of Queen Elizabeth the II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was awarded the Women in Law Leadership’s award for 2012 for Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice). She was also selected as one of Calgary’s "Top 40 Under 40" for 2004/2005 by Calgary Inc. Magazine.
- Numerous individual engagements as counsel to major energy companies with respect to landowner claims regarding water, soil, vegetation, and air contamination, including media and reputation management
- Numerous engagements as counsel to several major energy companies regarding freehold leases, purchase and sale, operating, pooling, split title, and production disputes
- Counsel to a major Canadian 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
- Multiple engagements as counsel to energy and financial companies regarding a variety of commercial disputes in insolvency situations
- Counsel to a major international drilling and servicing company with respect to patent claims and misappropriation of intellectual property
- Counsel to a licencee and developer regarding a licensing and patent dispute arising out of developing crop lines
- Counsel to an international wind development company and local developer in a commercial sale and corollary dispute regarding connection rights to the provincial power grid
- Counsel to an energy company regarding tripartite set-off in an insolvency context
- Extensive experience acting as mediation, Judicial Dispute Resolution, and case management counsel
- Counsel to a financial institution regarding professional liability claims and commercial underwriting
- Counsel to a professional placement firm with respect to executive termination and disgorgement of self-payments
- Pro bono counsel to a Southern Alberta health charity
- Successfully completed formal training through the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society with respect to mediation neutrals
- Counsel to public institutions and other property owners regarding mold claims, including health and safety policy development
- Counsel to two groups of landowners regarding water and flood claims and water management issues
- Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award - Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star (Alberta) and a Litigation Star (Canada) 2013
- Recognized by The Legal 500 Canada 2013 in the area of Dispute Resolution
- Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished BV Peer Review Rating
- Recommended by Chambers Global: The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 and 2012 as a leading lawyer in the area of Dispute Resolution: Alberta
- Selected as one of Calgary’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2004/2005 by Calgary Inc. Magazine
In the Media
- "Commercial Arbitration and the Canadian Justice System: Recent Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada", GAR Arbitration Review of the Americas 2012, November 2011
Activities and Affiliations
- Appointed Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
- 2011-2013, Managing Partner, Dentons (Calgary)
- 2008-2011, Co-Lead, Dentons National ADR Group
- Guest instructor and/or Team Leader in Trial Advocacy for the University of Calgary, College of Law (for students)
- Guest instructor in Trial Advocacy for the Legal Education Society of Alberta (for lawyers)
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Founding Member, Care Canada’s “I Am Powerful” Council, Calgary (2013-ongoing)
- Member of the advisory committee to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and former President
- Member of the Founders’ Group of Big Sisters and Big Brothers Society of Calgary and Area and long-term affiliation, including service as a Volunteer, Director, and President
- Acts as counsel to several charities and non-profit organizations
- Negotiation Training Courses at the Harvard Program on Negotiation during the summer of 2008
- Tammy was involved for 12 years in Student Recruitment for the Calgary Office, with four years as Co-Chair
- October, 2009 - Panelist and Speaker on the issue of ADR in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Cases at the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc. Conference: Full Spectum ADR From Local Workplace to International Marketplace
- November, 2007 - "You Can't Always Get What You Want, But Sometimes You Get What You Need" presented to the Women in Leadership Conference held in Calgary
- November, 2005 - Mold Conference 2005 - Managing the Art, Science and Outrage Associated with Mold in Buildings: presented on the topic of "Mold: Legal Risks and Liabilities"
- December, 2003 - Co-Chair of Insight's "Hazardous Building Materials Forum" and presented on the topic of "Hazardous Building Materials Lawsuits"