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Marney LutzMARNEY LUTZ

Direct:  403.231.8214

E-mail:  m.lutz@scottventuro.com

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Arts (with honours), Bishop's University, 1989
  • Bachelor of Laws, Dalhousie University , 1993
  • Called to the Alberta Bar: 1994

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Repeatedly recognized in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Personal Injury
  • Co-instructor, Advanced Liability and Risk Management Issues Course at the first annual AGM of Alberta Interscholastic Athletic Administrators, June, 2011.

  • Speaker, Canadian Defence Lawyers - CDL Annual Meeting, June, 2011
  • Speaker, Canadian Defence Lawyers - Defence Briefs Conference, January 2008
  • Participant in study on "The Skills and Ethics of Negotiation" published Fall 2007 by Marjorie Benson
  • Past-President, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors, Legal Archives Society of Alberta
  • Panelist, Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch Mid-Winter Meeting and Alberta Law Conference 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Co-Host of Canadian Defence Lawyers Calgary Seminar, November 2001 and 2002
  • Co-Chairperson of Canadian Bar Association Products Liability Subsection, 1998

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

Marney Lutz articled in Calgary in 1993 with a major Calgary firm and continued to practice law there until joining Scott Venturo LLP in January, 2003. She joined the partnership at that time.

Ms. Lutz's practice has been exclusively in civil litigation, primarily in insurance and risk management, with a particular focus on personal injury litigation. She is a frequent lecturer to client groups on civil and insurance litigation.

Marney's experience has also included the defence of sexual assault claims on behalf of industrial defendants and "tainted blood" litigation, including the defence of the Canadian Red Cross Society in Hepatitis and Kreutzfeld-Jacob disease claims.

Examples of Marney's trial experience include the leading decisions of Brubacher v. Augustine (slip and fall), Moser v. Derksen (chronic pain) and Pastryeva v. Krall (pedestrian). Marney also has experience in sports waiver litigation, including Ocha v. Canadian Mountain Holidays (heli-skiing) and Dyck v. Laidlaw (skydiving).

Her current practice focus includes primarily personal injury and fatality claims arising out of single and multi-vehicle collisions and pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents, sexual assault, coverage issues, all types of personal injury and insurance cases.

 

RECENT COURT CASES:

  • Pastryeva v. Krall – claim by Plaintiff pedestrian against driver alleged to have struck her in a crosswalk, causing serious injury. Ms. Lutz successful in getting the claim dismissed based on Plaintiff’s inability to prove that it was the Defendant’s vehicle, and not a phantom vehicle that struck her.
  • Nguyen v. Smith – successful application of “inevitable accident” defence where client/Defendant struck Plaintiffs’ vehicle from behind when she unexpectedly lost consciousness while driving. The court agreed with Ms. Lutz’s submissions that the accident was not caused by any negligence on the part of our client.
  • E.J. and L.J. v. Aviva Canada – action under SEF 44 family protection endorsement by severely brain injured youth for coverage under his mother’s policy. Ms. Lutz was successful in having Plaintiffs’ claim dismissed on the basis that he did not meet the definition of “dependent”, nor was he found to have the status of a “resident”.

 

AFFILIATIONS:


  • Calgary Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers, Calgary
  • Member of Dalhousie University Alumni Association, Calgary Chapter
  • Member of Canadian Defence Lawyers

 

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