Cooper Regel is a member of the Masuch Law Firm operating from our Sherwood Park, Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet offices. We specialize in Aboriginal Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Administrative and Tribunal Law, Residential School and Abuse Claims.
Steven Cooper – Partner
A former resident of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Steven Cooper articled in Hay River, NWT and practiced there for eight years at the start of his legal career. Since moving to Alberta in 1997, he has traveled, practiced, and worked extensively in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. As a member of the Baxter National Class Action consortium, Steve was part of the committee that helped to negotiate the $5 billion national Residential School settlement. Steve has lectured for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the American Bar Association. He was editor-in-chief of the Nunavut Bar Admission course materials, a member of the Editorial Board of NWT Reports, and Chairperson of the Legal Services Board of the NWT. In 2010, Steve was appointed Chair of the Indigenous Rights Committee of the International Bar Association. Steve has argued before all courts in Alberta, the NWT, and the Nunavut Court of Justice. Steve is a volunteer with the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, a longstanding member of the Elite Tae Kwon Do club in Sherwood Park, and an active contributor in local schools doing educational presentations about Nunavut.
Alan Regel – Partner
After graduating from Law at the University of Saskatchewan 1985, Alan Regel started his career in private practice in Yellowknife specializing in civil and criminal litigation. In 1992, he joined Justice Canada’s Yellowknife Regional Office as a criminal prosecutor. Two years later, he was appointed Civil Group Head for Justice Canada in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut where he worked on civil litigation, environmental prosecutions, and several high profile criminal cases. Alan served as the vice-president of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories, president of the NWT Defense Lawyer’s Association. After a career hiatus to pursue his passion for car restoration, Alan joined the team of lawyers working on the Newfoundland and Labrador Residential School Class in 2015. Alan has a keen interest in aboriginal and treaty rights and continues to assist abuse survivors in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. He is an active member of the Admissions Committee of the Northwest Territories Law Society. Alan enjoys karate, hockey, restoring classic cars, and woodworking. Alan and Maureen, his wife of over 35 years, live in Sherwood Park where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Jenna Joyce Broomfield – Associate
Jenna Joyce Broomfield was born and raised in North West River, Nunatsiavut/Labrador. She first moved to Treaty 6 territory for University and graduated with a degree in Native Studies and a Certificate in Aboriginal Governance. Jenna was inspired to enter law as a way to contribute back to her community. She graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 2017 and joined Cooper Regel following her articling year, where she focused on Aboriginal law and civil litigation. Jenna looks forward to practicing law in Alberta and across the North. Her main focus as a junior associate is in civil litigation, criminal and family law. In her spare time, Jenna is a Board member of Inuit Edmontonmiut, the Indigenous Advisory Circle with the Alberta School Board Association. She loves to throatsing, read, and travel.
Mary Grzybowska – Associate
Mary earned a combined JD and LLM from the top law school in Poland where she went on to practice Intellectual Property Law. After moving to Canada in 2013, she worked as a paralegal and completed the Federation of Law Societies NCA program at the University of Alberta. Mary worked with the witnesses during the Labrador Residential school case and prepared them for taking the stand. She plans to become a member of the NWT bar in order to assist clients in the North. She successfully completed her Canadian Legal studies and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2018. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, cannabis legalization and immigration law.
Karie Bell – Paralegal and Legal Assistant
Karie is experienced in civil and commercial litigation, insurance defence, IP litigation, sexual and other abuse claims, Residential School Claims, personal injury litigation and numerous other litigation processes. She has assisted in matters before all levels of court within Ontario, Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories, including appellate matters at both the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court. She assists in all phases of litigation, from inception through discovery and trial, including organization and analysis of case material, large-scale document production, pre-trial preparation and in-courtroom trial support. She is also actively involved in the office administration. Karie has had the great honor and opportunity to assist indigenous peoples with the Residential Schools Class Action, Relocation matters, 60s scoop, and other litigious matters. She is a Commissioner of Oaths in Alberta and Northwest Territories and is a Notary Public for Nunavut. Karie is coffee connoisseur, reality show amateur, and wine advocate. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Anita Stewart – Paralegal and Legal Assistant
Anita is an intermediate Legal Assistant and a graduate of the LA program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. She started her career in Real Estate, only to realize that was not for her. She moved on to civil litigation, gaining experience in personal injury, builders liens, Wills and Estate, sexual abuse claims, criminal and recently the 60’s Scoop class action, which is where she has found her niche. She has assisted in matters within Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories and is a Commissioner of Oaths in and for Alberta. Anita is a long distance trail runner, amateur carpenter and gospel singer. She loves of books of all genres, wine and yummy food, especially when other people cook.
Jacqueline Ruiz – Legal Assistant
Jacqueline enjoys the challenges that Real Estate and Litigation cases bring. She is methodical, detailed and truly loves and cares about her quality of her world, which includes her work in Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In her spare time, Jacqueline enjoys travel and new adventures across the globe.
Kelly Martin – Corporate Paralegal, Yellowknife NWT
Kelly is the Corporate Paralegal in the Yellowknife office providing support to lawyers in relation to business incorporation, amalgamation, amendment, continuance, dissolution, revival and extra-provincial registration. She conducts due diligence reviews of minute books and prepares reports on deficiencies, and also prepares all delinquent resolutions and filings. In addition, she handles the annual maintenance of corporate clients’ minute books and filings. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and son and likes to travel from the cold north to the exotic south: Alberta!
Jamie Grift – Legal Assistant
Jamie is a legal assistant in the Sherwood Park office. She enjoys the challenges of criminal and civil litigation cases, bringing to her work her excellent organization skills and her love of continuous learning. When not working she loves spending time with her three beautiful children. She is a fan of suspense novels and true crime shows and loves hot weather.
Evan McHugh – Administrative Assistant, Yellowknife NWT
Evan is our Office Assistant/Receptionist, the first person you will see when entering the Yellowknife office. A polite and cheerful worker, Evan is sure to start anyone coming in on a positive note. Some of Evan’s duties are phones, bank runs, iling documents at the Supreme Courthouse, Corporate Registry office and Land Titles office. Beyond that, Evan assists in all aspects needed to run a smooth office environment and applies the utmost attention to his tasks. His free time is mostly spent enjoying reading and working on his own novel (to be published in the future). Evan also loves to cook and try new dishes, often bringing in his creations for his co-workers to sample.
Zuzanna Lorek – Reception & Administrative Assistant
After earning a BA in English Philology at a University in Poland, Zuzanna moved to Canada in 2009 with a plan on living here for only two years. Having fallen in love with the country and its people, she decided to stay indefinitely. Zuzanna became interested in law and politics while navigating complicated immigration policies, which would allow her to achieve her goal of becoming a Canadian Citizen. The dream came true in June 2018, only six days after her graduation ceremony from the University of Alberta where she earned a BA After Degree with First Class Honors in Political Science. Zuzanna is very excited about gaining experience working in a law firm which tackles issues she is deeply passionate about. Addicted to lattes and milk chocolate, she values time spent with family and friends..
Shantelle Smith – Legal Assistantt
Shantelle is a Legal Assistant who recently relocated back to Alberta from Ontario. She is a law graduate from the University of Leicester in England. She is not new to the legal field being a former Judicial Clerk in Sherwood Park to now tackling areas including civil, criminal and commercial ligation, Personal injury and Criminal law. She enjoys being able to work on matters within Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Ontario which fuels her passion for travel. Her dedication for people, advocacy and law drives her to gain a deeper understanding of each practice area.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking her famous Strawberry Cheesecake. Hopping on a plane to any new and exciting destination and learning new moves while getting in a great sweat at kickboxing.