Gina is a partner at the Canadian law firm, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, based in Calgary, specifically in the firm’s litigation and employment departments. Gina has been with BD&P since her graduation from law school in 1988, and is proud to continue to have the opportunity to work with the smart, talented and innovative group of lawyers and staff that comprise the firm. Gina remains passionate about the law and to finding solutions for the issues that her clients face.
Gina continues to be recognised for her expertise in the area of employment law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers and in Chambers Canada. Clients regard Gina as “an excellent lawyer who knows her law in depth but is also very practical”, and another client noted Gina “does all kinds of work: transactional, litigation and negotiations, she’s got the skill set.”
Over the course of her career, Gina has provided employment law advice on some of the most high profile Canadian mergers and acquisitions, including as counsel to Canadian Natural Resources Limited in its $3.125 billion acquisition of certain Devon Energy Corp.’s Canadian conventional assets, to Murphy Oil Canada Ltd in its $ 538 million disposition of assets to a subsidiary of Enbridge, and to ARC Resources Ltd. in the $ 700 million strategic disposition of assets to Spartan Energy Corp. In addition, Gina has appeared before all levels of Alberta and Canadian courts and tribunals on a variety of employment and human rights related complex litigation matters and complaints. The firm’s talented employment group strongly believes in providing early advice and proactive solutions to potential workplace issues, and Gina regularly advises clients on managing hirings, terminations and downsizings, and the drafting and implementation of policies, best practices and contracts. BD&P’s employment group, and Gina specifically, support clients and assist with complex workplace investigations and provides seasoned advice on crisis management (as an example, the COVID-19 pandemic), legislative changes, fiduciary obligations and related matters.
Gina balances work with her involvement in the equestrian community, including as a volunteer, Equine Canada official, and riding and showing her horses.