Tamara Prince serves as General Counsel and Chief EDI Officer at Cassels. In this role, Tami drives both the firm’s risk management and inclusion and diversity strategy. Tami is also a partner in the firm’s Ligation Group and her legal practice focuses on complex corporate/commercial litigation, including matters involving energy and environmental law, construction, commercial leasing, class action defence, competition, pensions, tax, securities, employment defence, and franchise disputes. Over the course of her career, Tami has represented a wide range of corporate clients, including those involved in the global energy sector, petrochemicals, commercial property, telecommunications, mining, global transportation, manufacturing, franchising, and construction.
Tami’s representative work includes:
- Serving as litigation counsel in a complex $1 billion dispute over the joint ownership and operation of a petrochemical facility
- Advising a global transport manufacturer on a complex dispute with a Canadian customer over a cross-border long-term complex service agreement
- Defending and prosecuting commercial leasing disputed matters for a national real estate management company
- Member of a national litigation team successfully representing a Canadian corporation in a business-critical transfer pricing case
- Successfully defending an energy company in a class action claim brought by former employees on a complex pension matter
- Defending claims by consumers against a national credit reporting agency, including in Federal Court as well as through the local Alberta regulatory process
- Advising a global telecommunications company regarding an international service agreement that potentially engaged matters of US National Security among other international security and privacy issues
Tami has also advised corporate clients on a diverse range of regulatory matters, including on matters related to corporate governance, privacy, the environment and human rights. She has appeared before arbitration tribunals as well as before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Tami was first called to the bar first in Saskatchewan in 2003 where she began her career as an associate at a prominent Saskatchewan firm before moving to Alberta in 2006 where she spent 13 years at a reputable national law firm. Just prior to joining Cassels, Tami spent nearly two years working as part of the in-house legal team for an international oil and gas company, where she worked with outside counsel on numerous litigation and insolvency matters and served as a trusted business advisor, providing internal advice on diverse legal issues to various business groups within the company.
Tami has been called upon by both clients and professional organizations to present on a number of legal topics over the years, including most recently on bankruptcy in the energy sector, critical incident response, anti-SLAPP legislation, occupational health and safety, environmental regulation, and sexual harassment and human rights. She has also written a number of articles and was a frequent contributor to CBA Alberta’s quarterly magazine, Law Matters, in a series called “Barristers’ Briefs.”
Tami serves on the Board and is Vice President of the Association of Women Lawyers in Calgary, and is the current Chair of the Alberta Regional Advisory committee for The Advocates’ Society.