Kris M. Saxberg

Partner

Kris M. Saxberg

Partner

Contacts

Direct: (204) 925-5353
Address: 201 – 211 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3P2

Biography

Mr. Saxberg is one of the founding partners of Cochrane Saxberg Law. In 2016, he was the managing partner at D’Arcy & Deacon LLP, a large law firm in downtown Winnipeg. He is a litigator and business lawyer practicing in labour and employment law, human rights law, indigenous law, child protection law, insurance law, complex commercial litigation, pension law, utility regulation, and entertainment/music law. He was called to the Bar in 1999. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Saxberg worked in broadcasting, the music business and in politics. As a graduate studies student at The University of Manitoba he completed The Manitoba Legislative Internship Program.

One of Mr. Saxberg’s many legal accomplishments is conducting a fourteen-week pension trial in which the clients ultimately won a judgment of $140 million against MTS (now Bell MTS) in 2014. This judgment is the largest award made by a Manitoba court in a commercial litigation to our knowledge. Mr. Saxberg argued the case all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada; winning solicitor and client costs on a full indemnity basis throughout the litigation.

Mr. Saxberg has been hired as lead or co-lead counsel in many other high profile cases, such as: the “Kapyong Barracks” surplus land case, the Monnin Inquiry, the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry, and regulatory cases relating to the sale of Centra Gas to Manitoba Hydro. He has acted, and continues to act, on behalf of many Manitoba First Nations and other indigenous organizations, including indigenous CFS Agencies, advocacy groups, and political organizations.

Mr. Saxberg is also the labour lawyer for Child Protection Agencies and Telecommunications Employees Association of Manitoba – International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 161 (TEAM). TEAM is a union representing professional employees at Bell MTS Inc.

Mr. Saxberg is an experienced trial lawyer. He has argued at The Supreme Court of Canada, The Federal Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Appeal and in all levels of court in Manitoba. He also has extensive experience appearing before administrative and regulatory tribunals, such as The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, The Public Utilities Board, The Canadian Industrial Relations Board, Labour Arbitration panels, and the Municipal Board to name a few.

Recently, Mr. Saxberg won a case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in which his client was award the maximum amount of general and punitive damages available. In the same year he successfully defended a Real Estate Agent whose license was at risk before the Manitoba Securities Commission. He is currently involved in a major litigation brought by Child Welfare Agencies against the Province of Manitoba. Click below for a representative sample Mr. Saxberg’s cases.

Education

University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Arts with distinction, 1993

University of Manitoba, Premaster, 1994

The Manitoba Legislative Internship, 1995

University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Laws, 1998

Canadian Gas Association Regulatory Course, 2001

Leadership, Membership and Achievements

  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Director and Legal Counsel, Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Experience Program
  • Member, SOCAN

Representative Cases

Practice Areas

Administrative & Regulatory
Arbitration & Mediation
Child Protection
Civil Litigation
Entertainment & Media
Labour and Employment
Pension
Personal Injury
Insurance