2014

Alberta

2013

University of Calgary, JD (Dean’s List)

2008

University of Alberta, BA (distinction)
Philosophy and Psychology

Canadian Bar Association

Calgary Bar Association

Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association

Association of Women Lawyers

Instructor

University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, Trial Advocacy

Instructor

Calgary Legal Guidance, Civil Law Training

Pro Bono Law Alberta
Volunteer - Queen's Bench Amicus
(2013 - present)

University of Calgary
Volunteer - Mooting and Block Week
(2013 - present)

Calgary Legal Guidance
Volunteer
(2013 - present)

2022

Best Lawyers
Ones to Watch
Corporate and Commercial Litigation

2021

Benchmark Litigation
Future Star

2021

Legal 500
Dispute Resolution (Alberta)
Rising Star

2018

Pro Bono Law Alberta
Above and Beyond Award

Cassandra Sutter

Cassandra has extensive experience in civil litigation across a broad range of practice areas and industries. Her practice areas include commercial disputes (domestic and international), contractual disputes, fraudulent conveyance & enforcement claims, property litigation, professional negligence, landlord-tenancy disputes, class actions, defamation and employment. Cassandra focuses on practical solutions to her clients’ needs and has considerable courtroom experience.

Cassandra was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Cassandra obtained her J.D. from the University of Calgary Law School, where she achieved Dean's List standing. Prior to law school, Cassandra obtained her BA (with distinction) in philosophy and psychology from the University of Alberta and worked as a rail traffic controller.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, the mountains and various outdoor activities and is an avid dog lover.


Experience

Cassandra first joined Jensen Shawa Solomon Hawkes LLP as a summer student in 2012, continued on with her articles upon graduation, and has developed a general practice in civil litigation. 

Through her work involving domestic and international commercial disputes, she has extensive experience in reviewing complex commercial agreements to identify relevant legal issues, conducting thorough research, and providing analysis on the interpretation and consideration of key provisions and applicable legal issues. Such work has included a multi-million-dollar arbitration dispute concerning a Share Purchase Agreement and various claims alleging breach of representations and warranties. 

With respect to her work involving ICC arbitral proceedings, Cassandra has experience in drafting the necessary pleadings, navigating the ICC Rules of Arbitration, and communicating with the Secretariat, Arbitral Panel and opposing counsel to ensure efficient procedures are implemented and the arbitration proceeds as expeditiously as possible.

While at JSS Barristers, Cassandra has successfully represented individuals and corporations at all levels of Court in Alberta, including as lead counsel for trial at the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. She has also successfully represented clients before administrative bodies, beginning from the initial complaint and investigation, through the tribunal appeals and ultimately judicial review.   

Cassandra has been involved in a number of high-profile matters, including successfully defending a claim against a client in a case which engaged allegations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a consideration of the existing governing legislation in Alberta. She is currently co-counsel in a class action arising from the sexual exploitation and assault of numerous class members spanning over nearly 24 years.


Speaking Engagements

Speaker
Legal Education Society of Alberta, "Rules of Court 2020, Rules 4.31 (Dismissal for Long Delay) and 4.33 (Drop Dead)" (2020)

Speaker
Calgary Bar Association - Civil Litigation subsection, "Anton Pillar Orders" (2018)

Speaker
Calgary Bar Association - Young Lawyers subsection, "The Missing Class from Law School - Practical Tips for Young Lawyers in the Legal World" (2018)

Speaker
Calgary Women Studying Law Association, "Anecdotes & Advice, Gender Bias" (2018)

Speaker
Legal Education Society of Alberta, "Effective Legal Support: Civil Litigation, Costs and Tips for Case Management" (2017)