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Colleen Ripka BA (Distinction), LLB

Colleen Ripka

Originally from British Columbia, Colleen moved to Edmonton in 1996.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) in Psychology in 1999 and her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2002 from the University of Alberta.  During law school, Colleen was continuously involved in providing non-profit legal assistance to low-income Edmontonians through Student Legal Services and ultimately served as a director on the SLS board.  Colleen was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2003 after completing her articles. Prior to joining Braithwaite Boyle, she worked as in-house counsel for one of the largest insurance companies in Canada and has inside knowledge of the internal workings of the insurance industry.  As a personal injury lawyer, Colleen’s practice involves negotiation and courtroom advocacy to ensure that her clients are fairly compensated for their losses. She finds her work intensely rich and rewarding.   Colleen brings significant experience to her personal injury practice and has handled a wide variety of cases including severe brain injury, permanent coma, spinal cord injury, and fatality claims.  Colleen has conducted trials before the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court of Alberta, worked on matters at all levels of court in Alberta and appeared before numerous quasi-judicial tribunals including the Appeals Commission for the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board. Colleen recognizes that no amount of financial compensation is enough to make up for certain losses, but it can help ease the burden.

In her free time, Colleen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, travelling, volunteering and fundraising for various organizations including her local community league, her children’s school, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Stollery Children’s Hospital.  Colleen is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyer’s Association.