Law practice is full of opportunities for peace-making, while protecting and advancing our clients’ interests. All files can be improved by friendly and professional communication based on a solid understanding of the law and of all types of dispute resolution. One strength we offer to our clients is to understand how disputes may best be prevented, negotiated or mediated.
We love to help clients:
As we each have different expertise and skills, we often provide a team approach to clients, ensuring that the lawyer providing each service has the best resources to advance each step of the file, and that each legal situation is seen in a wider context.
When clients inquire about areas of law we do not handle in this office, we are always pleased to provide referrals to some of our many respected colleagues.
All of the lawyers at West End Legal Centre are members of the Canadian Bar Association and participate regularly in continuing legal education courses to ensure that the legal advice you receive in our firm is current.
Please read below for more information about each of our lawyers.
Erin Ippolito was called to the bar in 2003. She brings over 15 years of litigation experience to the firm having practiced at boutique litigation firms and at a national law firm. Erin has appeared at multiple levels of court in Alberta and has trial experience. Erin is a confident advocate for her clients not only advising on litigation strategies, but also on the impact of litigation and resolution strategies on client businesses and personal lives.
Erin’s legal practice is focused on personal injury litigation, employment law, contractual and commercial disputes, disputes between shareholders and partners, and builders’ lien claims. Erin’s personal injury practice includes serious physical and psychological injury and her employment law practice has a focus on wrongful dismissal, package reviews, and employment advice for small businesses.
Erin has dedicated the past 15 years to providing legal advice to disadvantaged Calgarians through various programs at Calgary Legal Guidance. Currently Erin provides initial immigration advice at Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. Erin has also taught articling students, lawyers, and legal support staff through various programs including CPLED, LESA ,SAIT and the Intensive Advocacy program at the University of Calgary.
Memberships: Association of Women Lawyers, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and Calgary Bar Association
Jenny has practised in the area of civil litigation since her bar call in 2000. After working in a boutique firm and a large national firm, she joined West End Legal Centre in 2009. Although Jenny has appeared successfully at all levels of court in Alberta as well as various tribunals, and is experienced with all aspects of civil procedure, her focus where possible is on helping clients to resolve their differences through mediation and other less adversarial processes. Jenny’s practice in recent years has concentrated on serious personal injury/fatality cases, as well as estate and commercial litigation matters.
Jenny frequently attends CBA Section meetings, especially in Personal Injury, Wills and Trusts, Insurance Law, and Civil Litigation, as well as numerous other continuing legal education programs.
When she is not at her desk or at home with her family and garden, Jenny is passionate about strengthening the legal community and about access to justice for the public. Jenny volunteers extensively for the Canadian Bar Association, for which she is a past President of the Alberta Branch, and will always find time to mentor and assist junior colleagues.
Memberships: Association of Women Lawyers, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Calgary Bar Association
Before law school Rebecca received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature. She decided to go law school after working at a boutique law firm that helped survivors of Indian Residential Schools through the Independent Assessment Process. During law school at the University of Calgary, Rebecca was a founding executive member of the Indigenous Law Club and continues to learn more about her Cree culture as she develops as a lawyer. A few of her favorite law school experiences included mooting as a member of the University of Calgary’s Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Moot Team, participating in the Provincial Court Clerkship program, and meeting new and potential law students as a Student Ambassador. Outside of work you will find Rebecca spending time with her family, hiking, thrifting, or reading, collecting, and talking about books.
Memberships: Canadian Bar Association, Christian Legal Fellowship, Indigenous Bar Association
Claire McMordie is the founder of the West End Legal Centre. She retired from active practice on December 31, 2017.
She maintains a close relationship with the firm and with her many past clients, and is now enjoying having more time for her grandchildren and for the theatre.