Rachel West began her career at a large corporate law firm in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout her 11 years there, she maintained a balanced employment and labour law practice, representing both employers and employees in a broad range of employment law matters. In 2016, she left big-firm practice, and began working with Ellen Embury. The pair have practiced law together since, creating their own firm Embury & West LLP in 2023.
Rachel’s employer clients range from large multi-national corporations to small family businesses. She assists in all aspects of workforce management, focusing on proactive steps to prevent liability (including employment agreements, policies, disability and leave management) as well as conflict management (including defending claims, investigations, complaints, and demands).
Rachel volunteers with the Law Society of Alberta’s Assist Program, which provides mental health support and resources within the legal community. This is of particular interest, given her background and training in psychology. In addition, Rachel is a “volunteer” chauffeur for her children’s various activities and pursuits.
Rachel also practices reproductive technology and fertility law.