Heather Gagnier graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2018. She completed her articles at a large full-service law firm in Edmonton and subsequently practiced as a civil litigator in Edmonton and in London, Ontario before joining Bottos Law Group. She has appeared in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Heather does both trial and appellate work.
Heather excelled in law school and received numerous awards for her academic achievements. Most notably, she was awarded the 2018 George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law for achieving the second-highest academic standing in her graduating class. Other academic awards she has earned include the Gordon Wright QC Memorial Award in Advocacy, the President’s Scholarship in Law, and the Professor Bill Angus Prize in Criminal Law, to name just a few.
Heather was extensively involved in competitive mooting during her time in law school. She was the first-place winner of the 2016 Brimacombe Moot at the University of Alberta and competed in the 2017 Wilson Moot, a national constitutional law moot competition. In 2018, Heather was a member of the University of Alberta’s first-place winning team at the Gale Cup, Canada’s leading national criminal law moot competition. Heather also earned the Dickson Medal as the top individual oralist in the final round of that competition, after presenting arguments in front of the Honourable Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Heather completed a clerkship program at the Alberta Court of Appeal in her third year of law school, where she had the opportunity to regularly observe appellate matters and assisted the justices of the Court with research projects. She also served as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing class during her third year, mentoring first-year law students in the areas of legal research and oral and written advocacy.
Shortly after graduating from law school, Heather worked as a research assistant to Professor Peter Sankoff, assisting with a number of appellate and trial-level criminal law matters. She has also co-authored an academic paper on the subject of privilege and evidence law, which was published in the Manitoba Law Journal.
Heather has volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society’s Court Support Program, the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, and with Student Legal Services of Edmonton, which is an organization providing free representation to low-income individuals charged with criminal offences.
Prior to attending law school, Heather earned a B.A. (Honours) at the University of Surrey, England, as well as an M.A. at New York University.
Criminal Law Practice Areas:
- University of Surrey, 2009, B.A. (Honours)
- New York University, 2014, M.A.
- University of Alberta, 2018, J.D.
Memberships & Associations
- Law Society of Alberta
- Canadian Bar Association
- Criminal Lawyers’ Association