Greg Rodin, Q.C.
Greg received his post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 and his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978. He won awards for high academic achievement in law school.
Greg was called to the Manitoba bar in 1979. He gained extensive trial experience practicing criminal law with the highly respected Winnipeg, Manitoba, law firm of Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield. In 1984 Greg began practicing personal injury litigation, and has practiced almost exclusively in that field since that time.
Greg was admitted to partnership in Wolch Pinx in 1986 and remained an active partner in the firm until January, 1997. He was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1995. He established the Rodin Law Firm in December, 1997.
Greg has extensive Trial and Appellate Court experience. He was legal counsel in a number of high profile cases, including lead counsel for David Milgaard in connection with his precedent setting lawsuit against the prosecutors and police involved in his wrongful conviction and incarceration that ultimately led to a landmark compensation award.
Greg has written reports and studies on the subject of alternative automobile insurance compensation systems that were presented to government and distributed to various groups including consumer interest organizations, provincial Law Societies and Trial Lawyers Associations throughout Western Canada and Ontario.
Greg has given several lectures and presentations to the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association on the subject of personal injury litigation including conducting chronic pain cases and “beating the cap” under the Minor Injury Regulation. He recently appeared on the local news to discuss court delays and the impact on clients and the civil litigation process: Court Delays – CTV Calgary
Greg was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December, 2009. He is “consistently recommended” in the Lexpert Legal Expert Directory.
Greg enjoys running, working out, scuba diving, motorcycling, boating and spending time with his family.
Richard J. McRae
Richard received his post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba, obtaining a Bachelor of Computer Science degree in 1987, a Masters Degree in Computer Science in 1989, and then a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1992.
Richard was called to the Manitoba bar in 1993 and practiced in Winnipeg until late 1997, where he gained extensive experience in personal injury law, medical malpractice, criminal law, family law, corporate litigation, aboriginal law, and contract law. Richard was called to the bar in Alberta in early 1998.
Before joining Rodin Law Firm in 2002, he practiced in Alberta in the area of insurance defence litigation, gaining valuable experience on the other side of personal injury litigation. At Rodin Law Firm he has continued to practice in all areas of personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and medical and dental malpractice, as well as claims for disability insurance benefits.
Richard has successfully conducted trials and appeals in all levels of Courts in Alberta and Manitoba.
Dana C. Neilson
Dana attended the University of Toronto, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) before attending the University of Saskatchewan and receiving her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1992.
Dana was called to the British Columbia bar in 1993 and, after completing her articles, continued working as in-house counsel in Vancouver before entering private practice with the well-respected Vancouver law firm, Hammerberg Lawyers LLP. Dana successfully completed transfer examinations for Alberta and was called to the Alberta bar in 2001. She moved to Calgary in 2005 and continues to be an active member of the Alberta and British Columbia bar, litigating cases in both provinces.
Throughout her career, Dana has practised primarily in personal injury litigation. She has conducted numerous trials and appeared at all levels of court, including the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, British Columbia Supreme Court and British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Dana was a recently co-chair of the Insurance and Personal Injury Panel for the Alberta Law Conference (2012) and prepared a paper on jurisdictional issues between Alberta and British Columbia.
Dana is from Saskatchewan, but lived throughout the United States in her youth, as her father is a former National Hockey League player. She enjoys yoga, golf, fitness and cheering for her favourite hockey team in her spare time.
Cary J. M. Rodin
Following a successful career as a journalist, Cary earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria in 1994. He won several academic awards and scholarships in law school and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1995. Practicing personal injury and criminal defence law in Victoria, Cary was a partner in the highly regarded firm of Morino & Rodin until moving to Calgary in 2006. He practiced law with his brother Greg at the Rodin Law Firm before joining Alberta Justice as a Crown Prosecutor. Cary went on to become Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor and prosecuted a number of high profile murder, home invasion, and bank robbery cases.
In 2013 Cary returned to private practice at the Rodin Law Firm where he now focuses on personal injury litigation. He has extensive trial and appellate experience at Provincial Court, Queen’s Bench, B.C. Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal levels. Cary’s trial experience is a tremendous asset to his clients.
A qualified pilot since 1977, Cary is an avid aviator and flies his own airplane. He competed in the Canadian Aerobatic Open Championship in 2002 and 2005, taking third place in his category both years. He is also a motorcycle enthusiast, certified SCUBA diver and is known to torture those within earshot with his guitar playing. He also plays trumpet in the Westwinds Bronze Jazz Ensemble.
Suzanne attended the University of Leicester and graduated with an LL.B (Hons) degree. During her time there, she acted as researcher and communications officer for the law school’s Innocence Project, as well as student mentor. Suzanne then returned to Canada and obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.
Following law school, Suzanne remained in Vancouver to article at Peck and Company Barristers, one of Canada’s top criminal defence firms. She had the opportunity to work with senior counsel on a variety of files, including culpable homicide, human smuggling, drug trafficking and offences under the Securities Act. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia and Alberta in 2015. Suzanne is delighted to be back in Calgary practicing personal injury law.
Prior to embarking on a legal career, Suzanne completed degrees in political science and journalism and worked as a reporter for the Calgary Herald. Her varied assignments included chasing down a rogue moose as it terrorized local suburbanites to covering a Thanksgiving-day drive-by shooting. Her stories appeared in the National Post and numerous publications across Canada. She went on to become an assistant editor at a highly-regarded magazine publishing house in Calgary.
When she isn’t reading case law, Suzanne is likely to be found browsing the shelves at a local bookstore or training for a marathon. She ran the Vancouver International Marathon in 2005 and the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2013, as well as the Big Berlin 25 – a 25km race in Berlin, Germany. Suzanne has also competed in several mountain bike races, including the 24 Hours of Adrenalin relay race and the Iron Lung.
Suzanne currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section (Alberta) and is also a member of the North American Brain Injury Society, the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and the Calgary Bar Association.
Izaak is the newest addition to our team at Rodin Law Firm. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Regina before attending the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Izaak earned a number of academic awards and scholarships throughout law school and graduated with Distinction in 2016.
During law school, Izaak worked as a summer student at McDougall Gauley LLP, a full-service law firm in Regina, where he gained experience in diverse areas of the law. Izaak expects to be called to the Bar in June 2017 and is excited to continue practicing personal injury law in Calgary. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Calgary Bar Association and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.
Izaak enjoys hiking, cycling, rock climbing and surfing, and tries to spend as much time as possible in the mountains.