Saskatoon, SK
T: 306-665-5442
F: 306-664-4431

Heather Laing, Q.C. is the chair of McDougall Gauley's Insurance Law Team. Her practice focuses exclusively on insurance law and civil litigation, including matters involving personal injury, property damage, automobile accidents and benefits, contract disputes, construction liability, professional liability, fire losses and insurance coverage disputes. She has appeared before all levels of court in Saskatchewan at the trial and appellate levels.

Heather is currently serving on the Board of Directors for CAA Saskatchewan and the CAA National Board. Heather served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan for six years and as President in 2013.  She completed the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and obtained her ICD.D. designation in 2015.

Heather is currently a member of McDougall Gauley's Executive Committee.

Heather has presented extensively on topics including Loss Prevention, Retention of Women in Private practice, Ethics and Responsibility in Chambers Advocacy and Conflicts and Ethics.

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan, 1995
  • Manitoba, 1994

Education

  • Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, March, 2016
  • ICD-Rotman, Directors Education Program, November, 2015
  • Introductory Mediation Training, 1998
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan, 1990

Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Lawyers in Canada"
    • Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2020
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Insurance Law (Saskatoon), 2017
    • Insurance Law, 2015-present
  • Appointed to Federal Judicial Advisory Committee: Saskatchewan, 2017-2019
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2012

Memberships & Associations

  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
    • Bencher, 2010-2015
    • President, 2013
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • CBA National Insurance Law Section Executive Member, 2007-2010
  • Saskatoon Bar Association
    • Past-President 2009-2010
    • President 2008-2009
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Canadian Automobile Association, Director, 2018-present
  • CAA Saskatchewan, Director, 2009-present
    • Chair, 2015-2017

“Conducting Efficient Litigation”, Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development, Presenter, 2016

“Update on the Law of Causation”, Canadian Litigation Counsel Insurance Law Seminar, Vancouver, Co-Presenter, 2016

“The Role of the Law Society in the Retention of Women in Private Practice”, FWI-CWI Women in Law Conference, Saskatoon, Keynote Speaker, November 2012

“Chambers Advocacy–Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Chambers Advocacy”, Saskatchewan Law Society's Continuing Professional Development, Saskatoon & Regina, 2012

Conflicts and Ethics, CBA SK Mid-Winter Meeting, Co-Presenter, 2011

“For the Defence” Canadian Defence Lawyers, Co-Presenter on Self-Represented Litigants, 2011

Canadian Litigation Counsel, Western Conference, 2006, 2010

Loss Control Seminar, Aon, 2006

Loss Prevention Seminar, Insurance Brokers of Saskatchewan, 2005, 2006

"Insurers Must Defend Work Claims, Saskatchewan Appeal Court Rules", Insurance West Magazine, 2005

"Conducting a Civil Jury Trial," CBA Bar Notes, 2006