Dunphy Best Blocksom
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Call us: 403.265.7777
Dunphy Best Blocksom
Dunphy Best Blocksom
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Call us: 403.265.7777
"I believe that clients are in charge, not lawyers. My job is to assist my clients in coming to a reasonable solution to whatever problem they are facing."
Ellen K. Embury
Partner

Ellen K. Embury

Partner


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Ellen became a partner at Dunphy Best Blocksom in 2015 and has chaired the firm’s Civil Litigation group since 2010.  She has 15 years of extensive litigation experience, having spent many years at one of Calgary’s largest law firms.

 

Ellen splits her practice between employment and general litigation matters, and her strong interest in reproductive technology law.

 

Employment Law

Ellen specializes in employment law and is well-known for successfully representing both employers and employees in a wide breadth of employment matters.   In addition, she is experienced with general commercial litigation, including builder’s liens and contract dispute matters.

 

Ellen acts for both employers and employees in a wide range of employment law and human rights matters.  These include drafting contracts, prosecuting and defending wrongful dismissal lawsuits and conducting harassment and other investigations.  Ellen acts for both employers and employees, which gives her a unique perspective in dealing with employment related matters.

 

Ellen regularly receives referrals from the larger firms in Calgary who are unable to handle plaintiff’s side employment matters for conflict of interest reasons.

 

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General Litigation

Ellen has significant experience in professional liability work, having represented lawyers, building professionals and various medical professionals in professional negligence actions. Ellen also litigates commercial matters, builder’s lien matters, collections matters and personal injury matters. Ellen has appeared at all levels of Alberta and Ontario Courts.

 

 

Reproductive Technology Law

Ellen has helped hundreds of couples and individuals who wish to become parents, as well as surrogates, with all aspects of surrogacy and fertility law. Ellen works with intended parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), and also with egg and sperm donors Surrogacy agencies from across Canada and internationally refer their clients to Ellen for assistance with surrogacy legal services in Alberta.

 

When you are trying to build a family through assisted reproduction, look to an experienced lawyer who has successfully helped families with third party reproductive technology law. Ellen has handled a wide range of assisted reproduction issues for families – in Alberta and internationally. She has good relationships with the Judges of the Alberta Courts assigned to deal with surrogacy related actions.

 

As a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, Ellen regularly attends conferences on  fertility matters.  In 2016 and 2014 she co-chaired Canada’s national conference on Reproductive Technology Law.

 

Ellen takes a highly personal approach in dealing with families. She understands that clients have often expended considerable time and resources trying to become pregnant before they turn to surrogacy. She handles surrogacy law related matters in a supportive, timely and cost-efficient manner for all parties.

 

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When she is not practicing law, Ellen spends her weekends in beautiful Fernie, British Columbia.

 

Ellen K. Embury

Partner

 

  • Surrogacy Law
  • Employment Law
  • General litigation

Ellen K. Embury

Partner

 

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

CONTACT ASSISTANT

Shaelah Brisbane
(403) 750-1122
brisbane@dbblaw.com

Education

University of Victoria, M.P.A., 1999
University of Victoria, LL.B., 1999
Queen's University, B.A. (Hons), 1995

Called to the Bar

Ontario - 2001 Alberta - 2003