Working for one client attracted TC Energy’s Lesley Lee in-house

Her 13-member litigation and employment department is responsible for both Canada and the US

By Julius Melnitzer | July 25, 2023

When Lesley Lee, director of litigation and employment law at TC Energy, decided to move in-house from her private firm practice, focus is what attracted her.

“I enjoyed private practice, but liked the idea of having one client,” she says.

After articling with Alberta’s Court of Queen’s (now King’s) Bench and getting her call in 2008, Lee joined McCarthy Tétrault’s LLP’s litigation team in Calgary.

In 2011, an employment law opportunity emerged in TC Energy Corporation’s legal department, and she accepted a position supporting the human resources department. Lee remained there for a year, at which point she transferred to the litigation team, becoming the third lawyer in the group.

As the team grew, Lee moved steadily up the ladder until TC appointed her as acting manager of the department. She assumed her current title in August 2022.

By that time, the team had grown to 13 members, part of a contingent of 100 professionals in Calgary, Houston, Charleston and Mexico City who reported directly or indirectly to TC’s general counsel. Half are in Calgary, with the balance split fairly evenly between the US and Mexico offices.

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Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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