Having grown up in Saskatchewan, Michele Hollins graduated with her B.Sc. from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 1987. She returned to Saskatchewan and obtained her LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law in 1992. After clerking to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, she began her articles and then worked as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault in Calgary, Alberta. In 2001, Michele joined the firm of Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP, where she became a partner in 2004 and received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2008.
Michele has a varied civil and commercial litigation practice, with a focus on employment law. She works primarily in the areas of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, duties of departing employees including restrictive covenants and confidential information. She also works with clients to draft employment contracts and policies and termination packages. The remainder of Michele’s practice includes general contract and tort litigation, shareholder disputes, product liability and debtor-creditor work. Michele has extensive courtroom experience before all levels of Alberta Courts and particularly enjoys trial work. In 2012-2013, she was Lead Counsel to the Alberta Commission of Inquiry regarding Preferential Access to Health Care.