Paula D. Hale
Paula understands the role of government in society and brings this understanding to her administrative law practice. In her practice, she regularly represents a number of provincial agencies and professional regulatory bodies. She acts in a range of roles including general counsel, prosecuting counsel, or independent counsel, as required.
Paula’s approach to practice is one founded on the belief that effective advocacy for her clients does not require hostility or incivility for its own sake. She is recognized by her peers as engaged, fair and devoted to her clients.
Before practicing law, Paula enjoyed a successful fifteen-year career in public sector roles in both operational and legislative planning and policy environments. Paula worked both for the British Columbia and Federal governments before working at the Alberta Ministry of Health, where she worked in the Ministry’s Legal and Legislative Branch, gaining broad exposure to health policy issues, professional regulations and the legislative planning and drafting process.
An exciting part of her early career was her time with the B.C. Wildfire Service, where she fought forest fires as a member of a three person “Rapattack Crew” that accessed remote fires quickly by rappelling from a helicopter.
- 2015 – Present, Executive Member – Health Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (currently Co-chair)
- 2012 – Present, Member – Administrative Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
- 2017 – Emergency Services Medal for Meritorious Service from the Alberta Lieutenant Governor in Council.
- 2008 Recipient of the John Weir Memorial Scholarship in Law
Education & Call To The Bar
- 2012 – Admitted to Law Society of Alberta
- 2011 – LL.B. – University of Alberta
- 2001 – MPA (Masters of Public Administration) – University of Victoria
- 1992 BSc. (with distinction) – University of Victoria
In Her Own Words
One of the things I like the most about my work is that it is a very practical area of the law. It is important work that has a very direct impact for the regulator itself, for those regulated, and to the broader public receiving services from regulated professionals. There is a public interest aspect to this area of law, but it also has very real and tangible impacts on people’s lives.
The stakeholders involved in this area are engaged and passionate about what they do and that contributes to the high standards and attention to detail in all aspects of our work that we expect of ourselves.
Away From The Office
When not at work Paula enjoys time with her family, especially outdoors hiking and skiing. She also volunteers with the Search & Rescue Dog Association of Alberta (SARDAA), which provides trained search dog services to police and fire agencies in cases of lost or missing persons. While her own German Shepherd is now retired from active duty, Paula continues to work as a Field Technician, supporting dog handlers at incidents. Paula is also a long term member of the SARDAA executive and provides pro bono legal services in the volunteer search and rescue sector.
Meet the Team
William (Bill) W. Shores, Q.C.
David N. Jardine
Craig D. Boyer
Gwendolyn J. Stewart-Palmer, Q.C.
Paula D. Hale
Annabritt N. Chisholm
M. Joseph Redman