Emma F. Banfield


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2003 – B.Mus., Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours with High Distinction)
2005 – M.Mus. (Violin Performance), University of Michigan
2005 – M.Mus. (Chamber Music), University of Michigan
2008 – D.Mus. (Violin Performance), Northwestern University
2018 – J.D., University of Alberta (with Distinction)
2019 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar

Practice Areas

Administrative Law, Municipal Law, Professional Regulatory, Wills, Estates & Trusts


Emma carries on a general litigation practice involving professional regulatory organizations, individuals and companies, municipalities and public bodies, and employers and employees.

Emma works with professional regulatory bodies in relation to disciplinary matters, advises individual and corporate clients on general litigation matters, and assists municipalities with property tax matters and other issues. She also practices in employment law, where she assists clients in disputes relating to wrongful termination and other employment claims. Emma also enjoys her wills and estates practice, where she assists clients by drafting estate documents and giving advice on estate planning, as well as acting in estate litigation.

Prior to her articles with RMRF, she clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal. Prior to law, Emma worked as a professional violinist across Canada and the United States. During her musical career she received several awards and fostered numerous accomplishments. Emma holds a Doctorate of Music from Northwestern University which was supported by a SSHRC grant, and is a recipient of the Guelph Mercury Top Forty Under Forty.

Emma volunteers with ECLC, sits on the board of the Edmonton Heritage Council, and enjoys coaching children’s soccer.

Awards & Achievements

  • Bryan and Company Student Leadership Award, 2018
  • Lieberman Prize in Law & Medicine, 2018
  • Dean’s List, 2016-2018
  • Catharine Miller Community Service Award, 2017-2018
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Grant, 2017-2018
  • Suzanne Mah Award in Law, 2016-2017
  • Top Forty Under Forty Recipient – Guelph Mercury, 2011
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant, 2006-2008

Teaching Experience

  • History of the Symphony, Northwestern University, 2006
  • Orchestral Literature, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2009
  • Director, Laurier String Academy, 2010-2011
  • Violin and Viola Techniques, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2008-2011
  • Violin Studio Instructor, Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, Department of Music, 2011-2014


  • Honourable Mention in the Canadian Water Research Society Essay Contest

Community Involvement

  • U5 Soccer Coach
  • Board member – Edmonton Heritage Council, 2018- present
  • CBA Admin Law Executive Member 2018-present

Hobbies & Interests

  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Baking