Rachel S. West

Rachel has spent her career practicing in the areas of employment law and human rights law. Rachel’s love of human rights law lead to her interest and practice in reproductive technology law.

 

Reproductive Technology Law

Rachel’s interest in reproductive technology law stemmed from her work in human rights law. Rachel regularly works with couples and individuals who wish to become parents, as well as surrogates (gestational carriers), with all aspects of surrogacy and fertility law. Rachel works with local and international Intended Parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), and also with egg and sperm donors.


Rachel understands the challenges involved with creating a family through surrogacy, and takes pride in protecting her clients’ interests while allowing them to create and grow their relationship with their surrogate or Intended Parents.
"The nature of a surrogacy practice is a little bit like obstetrics—babies come at all hours of the day and all days of the week. We work as a team to make sure that one of us is always available to assist our clients—any time—night or day."

Employment and Human Rights Law
Rachel specializes in employment law and is known for successfully representing both employers and employees in a wide breadth of employment matters, including workforce management, drafting policies, advising on terminations and severance packages, pursuing and defending human rights complaints, and workplace investigations.
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Advising both employers and employees allows Rachel to take a 360 degree view of a conflict, and advise on the best course of action for her clients. Rachel has appeared at all levels of the Alberta courts, and at the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal.  Rachel has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Rachel articled and worked for one of Calgary’s largest corporate law firms, and 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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(+01) 403.705.3638
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EDUCATION
  • University of Saskatchewan, Juris Doctor, 2006
  • University of Saskatchewan, B.A. with High Honours, 2003
CALLED TO THE BAR
  • Alberta - 2007
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association