Tami Friesen


Tami joined Nugent Law Office in 2013. She has significant experience dealing with a wide variety of employee-side labour and employment issues including drug and alcohol testing, human rights, privacy, accommodation and wrongful dismissal. She also works in the areas of administrative law and professional discipline, primarily in the policing context, and has appeared several times in the Court of Queen’s Bench and before the Court of Appeal on police matters.

Tami has an MA in Canadian Literature from University of Guelph and an LLB from University of Alberta, where she received numerous legal academic writing awards. After law school, Tami clerked for the judges of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal. She took a position as a front-line Crown Prosecutor for the criminal division of Alberta Justice in 2002, eventually moving on to a position with Specialized Prosecutions before joining the Appeals Branch in 2009. As a Crown Prosecutor she litigated a wide variety of criminal matters at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Tami taught a class on professional responsibility and legal ethics at the U of A Faculty of Law for several years, and her love of teaching eventually led to accept a full-time position with the Law Faculty as Director of the Legal Research & Writing Program in 2010. In 2012, her interest in legal ethics took her from the Law Faculty to the Law Society of Alberta, where she gained valuable litigation experience acting on numerous professional disciplinary matters as in-house counsel.

Before becoming a lawyer, Tami worked as a cashier, salesperson, landscaper, camp counsellor, tree planter, tutor, teacher, journalist, writer, editor and cowboy concierge.