Our Team

Principal
As a co-founder of the firm and leader of the corporate commercial practice, Jason is a passionate supporter of Alberta entrepreneurs and focused on the strategic application of legal advice Read More
Jason BanackPrincipal

As a co-founder of the firm and leader of the corporate commercial practice, Jason is a passionate supporter of Alberta entrepreneurs and focused on the strategic application of legal advice to business issues and opportunities. While not practicing law, Jason enjoys reading (Ernest Hemmingway, in particular), activities with his wife and four sons, a wide variety of music, running and golf.

Lawyer
As a co-founder of the firm and leader of the estate planning practice, Melissa is passionate about understanding her clients’ personal circumstances and, where applicable, how they intersect with their Read More
Melissa BanackLawyer

As a co-founder of the firm and leader of the estate planning practice, Melissa is passionate about understanding her clients’ personal circumstances and, where applicable, how they intersect with their businesses. While not practicing law, Melissa enjoys cross-country running, home design, playing piano and activities with her husband and four sons.

Counsel
Nancy brings over 32 years of civil litigation experience, resulting in the ability to provide common-sense, practical and responsive solutions to her clients’ mediation and litigation needs.  Her litigation background Read More
Nancy Cumming, QCCounsel

Nancy brings over 32 years of civil litigation experience, resulting in the ability to provide common-sense, practical and responsive solutions to her clients’ mediation and litigation needs.  Her litigation background includes:

  • acting as a mediator in the areas of civil litigation, catastrophic personal injury,fatalities and wills and estates
  • representing litigation clients in the areas of personal injury, property and cargo losses, products liability, fire and flood losses, wills and estates, contractual, commercial and shareholder  disputes.

Nancy has considerable trial experience in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Court of Appeal of Alberta. She has also participated extensively in alternate dispute resolution including mediations and judicial dispute resolutions. She also believes strongly in giving back to the community. She has sat on and chaired many Boards including Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Chrysalis Society, ABC Headstart, Brain Care Centre, Glenrose Hospital Foundation and the City of Edmonton Advisory Board for Services for Persons with Disabilities.

Nancy received her Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2012 and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to Canada.

 

Counsel
Doug has been practicing law for more than 20 years and has represented companies from the startup to international expansion phases, as well as lecturing at the University of Alberta Read More
Douglas PetersonCounsel

Doug has been practicing law for more than 20 years and has represented companies from the startup to international expansion phases, as well as lecturing at the University of Alberta School of Business and Faculty of Law. He has spent time working in Japan and has set up international structures for corporations in the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the United States. When he’s not working, Doug spends time with his wife Linda, who is a personal trainer and certified nutritionist.

Lawyer
Taylor is an associate lawyer at HGA Law and supports the corporate commercial practice. While not practicing law, Taylor enjoys playing and watching soccer (Arsenal, in particular), running and playing Read More
Taylor WattsLawyer

Taylor is an associate lawyer at HGA Law and supports the corporate commercial practice. While not practicing law, Taylor enjoys playing and watching soccer (Arsenal, in particular), running and playing guitar.

Collections Paralegal
Hazen is a paralegal at HGA Law and supports the debt collection and enforcement practice. While not in the office, Hazen is a volunteer for the Society for the Prevention Read More
Hazen EvensonCollections Paralegal

Hazen is a paralegal at HGA Law and supports the debt collection and enforcement practice. While not in the office, Hazen is a volunteer for the Society for the Prevention of Family Violence (Wetaskiwin), is a member of two tax assessment appeal boards, and enjoys leatherworking and photography.

Corporate Paralegal
Amy is a paralegal at HGA Law and supports the corporate commercial and real estate practices. While not in the office, Amy enjoys yoga, reading and true crime documentaries.
Amy MageraCorporate Paralegal

Amy is a paralegal at HGA Law and supports the corporate commercial and real estate practices. While not in the office, Amy enjoys yoga, reading and true crime documentaries.

Legal Assistant
Val began her legal career more than 20 years ago and has since earned her paralegal designation in the litigation, corporate, and wills and estate fields. She also has experience Read More
Valerie EggertsonLegal Assistant

Val began her legal career more than 20 years ago and has since earned her paralegal designation in the litigation, corporate, and wills and estate fields. She also has experience working in entertainment law, family law, and criminal law. In her off time, Val enjoys literature, gardening, music, and focusing on her love of animals.

Wills and Estates Paralegal
Mattea is a paralegal at HGA Law and supports the estate planning practice. While not in the office, Mattea enjoys thrifting, walking with her dog in the river valley and Read More
Mattea MooreWills and Estates Paralegal

Mattea is a paralegal at HGA Law and supports the estate planning practice. While not in the office, Mattea enjoys thrifting, walking with her dog in the river valley and playing the piano.

Student-At-Law
Juliet is a student-at-law at HGA Law and supports all aspects of the law practice. While not in the office, Juliet enjoys walking her dog, travelling, and following the Oilers.
Juliet VerbekeStudent-At-Law

Juliet is a student-at-law at HGA Law and supports all aspects of the law practice. While not in the office, Juliet enjoys walking her dog, travelling, and following the Oilers.