Kelsey L. Becker Brookes

Partner, Municipal Team Leader

e: kbeckerbrookes@rmrf.com
p: 780.497.3304
f: 780.429.3044

1996 – B.Comm, University of Alberta (with Distinction)
1999 – LL.B., University of Alberta (with Distinction)
2000 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar

Practice Areas

Administrative, Employment, Expropriation, Litigation, Municipal, Wills, Estates & Trusts

Experience

Kelsey is Co-Chair of RMRF’s Municipal Law team. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has been practicing almost exclusively in the area of Municipal Law for the last ten years, representing both rural and urban municipalities across the province of Alberta.

Kelsey provides advice to municipalities on Council issues, elections, planning and development, tax recovery, enforcement, bylaws, pecuniary interests, Codes of Conduct, expropriation, inter-municipal disputes and assessment. In addition, she helps municipalities with the more traditional issues faced by all corporations, including reviewing agreements, litigation and employment issues. Kelsey is particularly interested in planning and development and working with Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards and has taught and lectured extensively on the topic. In addition to her municipal work, Kelsey carries on practice of Employment Law, representing both employers and employees, and a general litigation practice. She has appeared at all levels of Courts in Alberta and before a number of boards and tribunals.

Kelsey has worked with several organizations to provide training to elected officials and municipal employees on such topics as municipal elections, councilor training, the impact of recreational cannabis on municipalities and Subdivision and Development Appeal Boards. As part of her election work, Kelsey has been retained as Returning Officer for both municipalities and First Nations.

Kelsey teaches the Planning Law course at the University of Alberta for both undergraduate and graduate students specializing in Planning and has lectured in the Faculty of Law on various municipal law topics.

When she isn’t traveling throughout the province meeting with clients, Kelsey enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, four children and three dogs.

Associations & Memberships

  • Edmonton Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Co-Chair of Municipal Law Section, Canadian Bar Association

Publications & Articles

Numerous articles for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association including:

  • “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”
  • “Malicious Prosecution”

Numerous articles for the RMRF By-Law and Legal Update Newsletters including:

  • “Section 620 and the Effect of Alberta Environment Approvals”
  • “What Happens if There is No Will?”
  • “Personal Directive and Enduring Powers of Attorney – Why Do You Need Them?”

Community Involvement

  • Glenora Elementary School Playground Committee
  • Former Member, Board of Directors for Camp He Ho Ha

Hobbies & Interests

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Cross country skiing
  • Making quilts
  • Reading fiction

Languages

  • French