Kris M. Saxberg

Partner

Biography

Mr. Saxberg is one of the founding partners of Cochrane Saxberg Law. He practices in the areas of 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.

Prior to establishing Cochrane Saxberg Law, Mr. Saxberg was the managing partner at D’Arcy & Deacon LLP. He was called to the Bar in 1999.

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

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

Mr. Saxberg and Brian J. Meronek, Q.C. conducted a fourteen-week pension trial in which their clients won a judgment valued at $140 million against MTS (now BellMTS). This judgment is the largest award made by a Manitoba court in a commercial litigation to our knowledge. The case was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, who endorsed the decision of the trial judge and awarded solicitor and client costs on a full indemnity basis throughout the litigation to the Firm’s clients.

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, the Securities Commission and the Municipal Board to name a few.

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