Andreina Varela-Taylor

Associate

Calgary

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Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (2018)
  • JD (Calgary, 2017)
  • BA honours, first class (Calgary, 2013)

Andreina is a solutions-focused litigator with proven success in discovering critical legal points in complex disputes and a corporate immigration lawyer focusing on immigration solutions for technology companies.

Andreina maintains a general litigation practice. She has successfully represented clients before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Provincial Court of Alberta in a broad range of matters, and regularly appears in Master Chambers. In her immigration practice, she focuses on work permits and permanent residency for employees of Canadian technology companies. In addition to practising at MLT Aikins, she is currently on secondment to Harvest Builders Inc., where she provides legal support to their immigration recruitment program, and advises on related employment and general legal matters. She also provides immigration advice as a volunteer at the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

Prior to joining MLT Aikins, she practiced at a litigation boutique firm. Andreina articled in-house with Precision Drilling Corporation followed by working as a Crown Prosecutor where she honed her courtroom advocacy skills. Her prior immigration experience includes drafting and preparing Canadian Family Class Applications for spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners, dependent children, and parents and grandparents.

Andreina is fluent in Spanish.

  • Seconded legal counsel to Harvest Builders Inc. on immigration, employment and general legal matters
  • Successfully represented a landscaping company in a 10-day arbitration regarding a shareholder dispute and partner dismissal
  • Counsel to numerous banking clients in foreclosure proceedings
  • Counsel to a technology company on immigration and employment matters
  • Counsel to numerous insurers involved in coverage disputes
  • Volunteer, Women’s Centre of Calgary
  • Member, Agenda for Justice Committee, Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch.
  • Member, Access to Justice Committee, Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch.
  • Member, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee, Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch
  • Legal Clinic Volunteer Lawyer, Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Mentorship Program, Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch
  • Event Planning Committee, Drug Treatment Court – Calgary
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Pro-Bono Alberta, Queen’s Bench Amicus Program

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary)
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Diversity: More than ticking boxes,” National Magazine, Canadian Bar Association (October, 2020)
  • Eric Lahoda Memorial Scholarship for Leadership, University of Calgary
  • Dahrlyne Hubert Languages Bursary, University of Calgary
  • Spanish Embassy Book Prize, University of Calgary
  • Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Achievement, Province of Alberta
  • Shell Experiential Energy Learning Award, University of Calgary
  • Aisling Wall Memorial Bursary, University of Calgary
  • Dean’s List – University of Calgary