About Us

Carbert Waite LLP was founded in 1999 as a 5 lawyer boutique firm focused on litigation. Since then the firm has grown into a mid-sized litigation firm with 22 lawyers and 16 support staff. With additional expertise in fertility/surrogacy, estate planning and business law, we provide our clients with trusted insight and innovative solutions. We are skilled advocates with experience in a wide range of legal disputes. Our approach is always client centred and service minded.

With lawyers at all levels of experience, we are able to provide cost-effective legal services customized to meet the needs of the particular case. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We take the time needed to understand our clients’ particular needs and goals and then set about to design a strategy to resolve the dispute as effectively and efficiently as possible.

At Carbert Waite LLP we have an entrepreneurial spirit and a flexible approach to the practice of law and our relationships with our clients. We are open to alternative billing arrangements based on clients’ needs.

We are also proud of our culture and approach to the practice of law. We believe in the value of working hard for our clients but also recognize the need for our lawyers and staff to have balance in their lives. We are a family oriented firm and enjoy each other’s company. We have flexible work arrangements and several part-time lawyers (partners and associates). Building diversity in our lawyers and staff is a focus for us and we believe that a diverse team allows us to better serve our clients.

Management

Stacy Koehler

Stacy Koehler

Chief Operating Officer

403.705.3334

koehler@carbertwaite.com

Stacy has been with Carbert Waite LLP since early 2014. She has worked in the Calgary legal field for over 20 years and has had the opportunity to contribute in leadership roles at National, Regional and local firms during that time. While possibly biased, Stacy is completely confident Carbert Waite is the best litigation firm in the city.

As a past president, Stacy remains active in the Calgary Association of Legal Administrators. She is also involved in a variety of programs with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association and is a past mentor with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta.

Carbert Waite LLP has provided Stacy with the opportunity to test and refine her long held management theory that the development and nurturing of healthy work relationships, strong communication, transparent leadership and heaps of humor will provide an ideal work environment. She remains convinced she is right.

In between providing shuttle services to many, many (so many) sports and after school commitments, Stacy enjoys spending time with her son and sharing with him her love of animals, the outdoors and the arts. 

 Danny Belaca-Ol

Danny Belaca-Ol

Accounting Manager

403.705.3451

belaca-ol@carbertwaite.com

Danny has been an accountant for nearly 15 years and has gained  diverse experience in accounting, finance and internal auditing. Danny loves finding ways to optimize the value of accounting and believes that developing optimal  processes are the cornerstone for success. An accountant through and through, he loves numbers and is constantly on the hunt for even the tiniest improvement.   

As a member of various professional organizations, Danny challenges himself to continuously learn.  He has volunteered for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, Institute of Corporate Directors and other charitable organizations.

In the summer, Danny enjoys  playing tennis, hiking and gardening.  Not much of a fan of the snowy winters, his preference is to hide from the cold and  battle opponents online in chess games.

Executive Committee

Michael Waite

Managing Partner

When Mike is not travelling the world, “working from the lake” or at the rink watching his boys play hockey, he is the Managing Partner of Carbert Waite LLP. Mike doesn’t adhere to any particular management style, at least not on purpose. Mike believes in building consensus and then taking decisive action. Mike enjoys working in a team environment especially when it means he can delegate tasks he doesn’t like. Since joining the firm in 2003, Mike has been instrumental in growing the firm to where it is today. Mike believes in leading by example, particularly when it comes to mentoring and giving back to the community. Mike’s office door is always open and is often revolving with staff, associates and partners seeking out “world according to Mike” pearls of wisdom. Often wrong but never uncertain, Mike is never happier than when providing strategic advice to other lawyers on their files. He dispenses this wisdom firm in the knowledge that if the strategy works it will be because of his sage advice and if it doesn’t it will be because of extraneous factors entirely unrelated to the advice.

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Blair Carbert

Partner

Blair Carbert was a founder of the firm in 1999 and led the firm as Managing Partner for until stepping down from that role in 2019. Blair would say his most significant contribution was his work to build a firm on a sound financial footing, allowing the firm’s lawyers can focus on serving advising and advocating for clients. On that financial foundation environment, Blair has been a staunch advocate for recruiting smart and hard-working lawyers. That’s the key to a successful law firm.

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Melissa Rico

Partner

After completing an internship in Tanzania with the Canadian Bar Association, Melissa joined the firm in 2006 to become its 7th lawyer. Over the course of almost 14 years with the firm, she has benefited from exemplary mentorship and leadership. Melissa strives to personify and pass down those skills that she learnt from her mentors as she helps to shape the junior lawyers of the firm.

Melissa is proud to call Calgary home and has been involved on a volunteer basis with various community organizations such as the Women’s Centre, Girl Guides of Canada and Social Venture Partners. She is also active with the Canadian Bar Association.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and pursues her passion for food, wine, traveling and cycling in equal parts. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and in a parallel universe, would be a food critic or a sommelier – maybe both.

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