Erin Kleisinger's commercial practice focuses on secured transactions and national and international financings. She provides representation for a number of banks and financial institutions with respect to both lending and realization, while also acting for entrepreneurs in the structuring of their business arrangements.

Erin provides advice to trustees in bankruptcy, monitors, receivers and secured creditors in large insolvency and reorganization proceedings, as well as acting for trustees in bankruptcy litigation and the administration of estates.

Erin advises numerous clients in respect of privacy matters and compliance.

Having appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, Erin's civil litigation practice includes insurance defence work and commercial litigation. She acts as counsel to the University of Regina, which includes advisory legal services as well as litigation and arbitration.

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan, 1993

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Queen's University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (First Class Honours), Queen's University, 1989

Community Involvement

  • USports Women’s National Basketball Championship, Tournament Committee Member, 2018
  • CIS Women's National Basketball Championship, Tournament Committee Member, 2013
  • R.C.B.A. (Hot Shots) Coordinator, 2005
  • Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
    • Saskatchewan Chapter, Provincial Board Member, 1999-2005
    • Regina Sub-Chapter, Member, 1996- 2008; Chair, 1999-2002
  • Canadian Cancer Society
    • Jail n’ Bail, Volunteer, 1993-1997
    • Daffodil Drive, Volunteer, 1997-2005
  • United Way "Vital Link" Mayor's Volunteer Award Nominee, 2001 

Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Lawyers in Canada”
    • “Lawyer of the Year”, Banking and Finance Law (Regina), 2015, 2018
    • Education Law, 2017-present
    • “Lawyer of the Year”, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (Regina), 2016
    • Banking and Finance Law, 2015-present
    • Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2015-present
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2015

Memberships & Associations

  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada
    • Council Member, 2018–present
      • Canadian Common Law Degree Approval Committee, 2020
      • Model Code of Professional Conduct Committee, 2019-present
      • Annual Conference Planning Committee, 2019
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
    • President, 2017
    • Vice-President, 2016
    • Bencher, 2014-present
    • Firm Regulation Committee, 2019-present
    • Model Code Sub-Committee, 2019-present
    • Continuing Professional Development Planning Committee Member, 2010-2014
  • Provincial Court Judicial Council Member, 2017-2018
  • Saskatchewan Queen’s Counsel Selection Committee Member, 2018
  • Pro Bono Saskatchewan Service Award Nomination Committee Member, 2018
  • Saskatchewan Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop
    • Program Chair, 2012-present
    • Program Committee Member, 2008-present
    • Faculty Member 2007-present
  • Canadian Association of University Solicitors
    • Executive Committee, 2015–2019
    • Past President and Membership Chair, 2019
    • President, 2017-2018
    • Vice President, 2015-2017
    • Academic Program Chair, 2016
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • National Privacy and Access Section Executive, Elected Member, 2010-2013
    • "Privacy Pages", National Editor, 2011-2013
    • Saskatchewan Branch, Elected Member, 1998-2002, 2011–2013
    • "Right to Know Week" Committee, 2011-2015
    • Mid-Winter Meeting Education Committee, 2008
    • Law Day ‘97: Access to Justice Committee, 1997
    • Mid-winter Meeting Committee, 1996
    • Saskatchewan Branch, Annual Meeting Committee, 1995
  • Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina, Sessional Lecturer
  • Real Estate Section of the Bar Admission Course, Commercial Mortgages, Presenter
  • Group Medical Services and GMS Insurance Inc.
    • Risk and Compliance Committee Member, 2012-present
      • Chair, 2016-2018 
    • Executive Committee Member, 2006-2012
    • Governance and Executive Committe, 2006-2012; 2018-present
    • Audit Committee Member, 2005-2012
    • Chair 2008-2010; 2020-2022
    • Product Review Committee Member, 2002-2005
    • Board of Directors, 2002- present
  • Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc.
    • President, 2008-2010
    • Board of Directors, 2006-2010
  • Saskatchewan Motor Club (CAA Saskatchewan)
    • Audit Committee Member, 2005-2007
    • Governance Committee Member, 2004-2007
    • Board Member, 2001-2007

“Protecting Law Society Staff”, Panel Moderator for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Conference “The Practice of Well-Being: Exploring the Legal Regulator’s Role”, October 2019

“Investigations Training”, Workshop for the Investigating Deans and Non-Academic Misconduct Administrators: University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada, September 2019

“Student Appeals”, Workshop for the Council Discipline Committee, the Council Committee on Student Appeals and the Senate Appeals Committee: University of Regina, July 2019

“Academic Contracts”, Workshop for Deans, Associate Deans and Faculty Administrators: University of Regina, 2019

Panelist for the CBA Saskatchewan Women Lawyer’s South Meeting, September 2018

“Innovating Regulation in Saskatchewan”, Panelist at the Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting (“Thriving in Complexity”), February 2017 

“Investigations Training”, Workshop for the Investigating Deans, Student Affairs and Campus Security personnel at the University of Regina, January 2017 

“Due Diligence and Legal Opinions”, “Specific Legal Opinion Issues” Planning Committee Member and Panelist, Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development seminar, 2016

"Keep Your Charter Off My Campus", Canadian Association of University Solicitors Conference, 2015

"Student Appeals", Workshops for the Investigating Deans, Council Discipline Committee, Council Committee on Student Appeals and Senate Appeals Committee, University of Regina, November 2014

“Data After Death - Who has the rights to your data when you’re gone?”, Canadian Bar Association National Legal Conference, Moderator / Panelist, 2013

“Responsibilities of Directors - Focus on Commercial Law”, Law Society of Saskatchewan Seminar, 2013

“Impact of Accommodation Requirements on Academic Personnel Processes”, Canadian Association of University Business Officers Faculty Bargaining Services Conference, Panelist / Presenter, 2012

“Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment”, Western Canadian University Board Secretaries Conference, 2012

“The Top Ten Need-to-Know Cases in Labour Arbitration”, Calgary Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference (Lancaster House), Panelist / Presenter, 2012

"Life Outside the Tariff: A Panel Discussion", Canadian Association of University Solicitors Conference, Panelist, October 2011

"How to Organize and Manage Your Law Practice- Bootcamp for Junior Lawyers", Law Society of Saskatchewan Seminar, 2011

"Work / Life Integration", Women in Leadership Conference, 2010

"Student Disciplinary Appeals", Canadian Association of University Solicitors Conference, 2009

"Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy: Practical and Legal Issues", University of Regina Campus Workshops, 2001-present

"Tough Calls for Arbitrators", Calgary Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference, 2009

"The Health Information Protection Act - A Primer for Trustees", University of Regina (Dr. Paul Schwann Centre), April 2009

"The ABC's of Academic Misconduct," University of Regina Academic Coordinators Workshop, 2008

"Student Appeals", Council Discipline Committee, Council Committee on Student Appeals and Senate Appeals Committee, University of Regina, 2008

"Women and the Law", Saskatchewan Legal Education Society seminar, 2007

“Debtor / Creditor Law and Consumer Law”, Public Legal Education Association

"Privacy Law", John Deere Limited, 2004

"Legal Remedies for Creditors", Credit Institute of Canada, 2004

"Privacy Legislation", Credit Institute of Canada (Saskatchewan Chapter), 2003

"Natural Justice", University of Regina Academic Coordinators Workshop, 2002

"Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy: Practical and Legal Issues", University of Regina Workshops, 2001-present

"Special Needs Students: Practical and Legal Issues", University of Regina Deans' Council Workshop, 2000

"Balancing Interests and Maintaining Confidentiality in the CCAA Sale Approval Process", 21 Commercial Insolvency Reporter, April 2009 (co-authored with Michael W. Milani, Q.C.)

"Meadow Lake Pulp Limited Partnership CCAA Proceedings," Paper prepared for the 5th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference (University of British Columbia National Centre for Business Law), February 2008, (co-authored with Michael W. Milani, Q.C.); published in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2007, edited by Dr. Janis P. Sarra (Thomson Carswell)

"Giving Due Diligence it's Due - the Role of Vendor's Counsel in the Due Diligence Process," Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Seminar, The Buying and Selling of Businesses: Strategies for success, March 2007

"Commercial Mortgages," Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Bar Admission Course - Real Estate Section, May 2001

"Bankruptcy Law in Saskatchewan," Lorman Education Services seminar, February 2000 (co-authored with Robert Meldrum of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Inc.)

"Advising the Entrepreneurial Client: The Role of the Lawyer" Saskatchewan Legal Education Society seminar, Advising the Entrepreneur: Practical Legal & Business Issues, October 2000

"Pre-judgment Preservation of Assets," Saskatchewan Legal Education Society seminar, Debtor / Creditor Update, November, 1999

"Conflicts of Law: The 'Choice of Law Rule' in Torts Cases," Saskatchewan Legal Education Society seminar, Loss Prevention '95, November, 1995

"Privileged Communications and Privileged Documents - Special Documents," Continuing Legal Education seminar, Judicial Trends in the Discovery Process, November, 1992 (co-authored with Aaron A. Fox, Q.C.)