Patricia (Patti) Gutek was raised in Calgary and attended St. Francis High School. She obtained both her Bachelor of Commerce (1999) and Law degrees (2003) at the University of Calgary, with time spent as a visiting student at McGill University, the University of Miami and the Queen’s University Centre for International Study in the U.K. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Grant McKibben Prize for the student who epitomizes the energy and spirit of the Calgary law school community. Patti articled with Edward S. Pipella, Q.C. and was called to the Bar in November 2004.
As a former client of Pipella Law herself, Patti has found it gratifying to assist the firm in ensuring that injured accident victims receive fair compensation. Her first-hand experience with how far proper compensation can go to remove the barriers of disability fuels her passion to help others receive the same support.
Patti’s community involvement includes holding a position on the Board of Directors of the Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta (1993-2002) and the executive of Canada Law Student Games Inc. (Calgary, 2001). She was actively involved in organizing Team Calgary – Law Games (2000-2003) and was a group member with Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary (2000-2003).
In the spring of 2007, Patti took a leave from the firm to travel for a year with her husband. The highlight was the two months they spent volunteering in Zambia. Aside from travelling, Patti enjoys scuba diving, sailing and video editing.