BA / MA / JD
Knowledge and experience are the foundation. I have been practicing law since 2014, focusing on employment law and general civil litigation. My experience working as a judicial law clerk (articling position) for the BC Superior Court gave me a perspective on the court system that is closed to most lawyers. I maintained a practice in Calgary at a downtown litigation boutique before starting Matthew Tomm Law. I have broad experience representing clients in Alberta in the Queen’s Bench and Provincial court, as well as through alternative dispute resolution processes.
Active learning keeps me ahead of the curve. My background as a legal researcher continues to drive my education as a lawyer forward. And when I don’t have the answers on hand, I have access to a strong network of people and resources to get the job done right. My articles have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Honesty and clear communication are key. I don’t offer salesmanship; my clients get the straight goods. No matter what the situation, I strive to tell clients what they need to know and help find the right way forward.
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- University of Victoria (BA 2007)
- Queen’s University (MA 2009)
- University of Victoria (JD 2012)
- Law Society of Alberta (2015)
- Law Society of British Columbia (2014 – inactive)
- Canadian Bar Association
Publications / Presentations
- “A Mixed Approach to Mitigation for Fixed-Term Employees” (July 1, 2020) Canadian Employment Law Today (HAB Press Limited, a subsidiary of Key Media) – original available here.
- “Why Mitigate When You Could Work on Your Sailboat?” Labour Notes (LexisNexis Canada) No. 1645 (June 26, 2020).
- “New Uncertainty for Employment Contract Amendments” (April 22, 2020) Canadian Employment Law Today (HAB Press Limited, a subsidiary of Key Media) – original available here.
- “Saving Clause to the Rescue?” (February 25, 2020) Canadian Employment Law Today (HAB Press Limited, a subsidiary of Key Media) – original available here.
- “Calculating Wrongful Dismissal Damages After Mitigation at Higher Pay,” Labour Notes (LexisNexis Canada) No. 1637 (February 28, 2020).
- “Bonus Policies and Wrongful Dismissal Damages,” (September 25, 2019) Canadian Employment Law Today (HAB Press Limited, a subsidiary of Key Media) – original available here
- “The Issue of ‘Issue’: Construction of Wills When Parentage is Contested,” (Spring 2017) Issue 123 The Barrister Magazine (published by the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association)
- “Changing (or Litigating) Workplace Policy: The Requirement of Consideration” (Summer 2016) Issue 120 The Barrister Magazine (published by the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association)
- “Public Reason and the Disempowerment of Aboriginal People in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit et Société 28, no. 3 (2013): 293-314. (Awarded honourable mention in the 2014 Canadian Law & Society article contest.)
- “Cultural Legitimacy and Human Rights in Bangladesh: Strategies for Effective Advocacy,” Muslim World Journal of Human Rights 8, no. 1 (2011): 1-36 (online).
- “The Other’s Decision in Me: an Account of Political Judgement within a Levinasian Framework,” a paper presented at the conference of the North American Levinas Society at the University of Toronto (June 28 – 30, 2009)
- Numerous blog articles and informal presentations