Dispute resolution: Alberta in Canada

Bennett Jones LLP

At Bennett Jones LLP, the Ontario team is famed for its prowess in restructuring, fraud, class-action, insolvency, energy, mining, technology and M&A disputes, often acting on proceedings with a cross-border element. Richard Swan leads the local offering, having appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts, and serves as a go-to name for disputes within the corporate, commercial and public law fields; he is supported by commercial litigation and class proceedings specialist, Michael Eizenga , who counts product liability, securities, competition, privacy and data breach cases among his core strengths, as well as Robert Staley , an authority in disputes pertaining to take-over and control bids. Over in Alberta, the team is well-regarded for its capacity within the mining, energy, technology and constructing sectors and is headed by Kenneth Lenz KC. The office is also home to Blair Yorke-Slader KC, a household name for contract, shareholder, securities and trust disputes, in addition to Munaf Mohamed KC who serves as co-lead of the firm’s economic and financial crimes department. At the more junior-end of the partnership spectrum, Michael Mysak  leverages a track record in precedent-setting fraud recovery case meanwhile Laura Gill is routinely involved in energy-related disputes, particularly those pertaining to royalties, ownership stakes and industry agreements. As for the Vancouver offering, David Gruber oversees a team with significant real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, transport, oil and gas, retail and hospitality capabilities, which often operates in collaboration with the firm’s other offices on matters of national significance.

Practice head(s):

Ken Lenz KC; Michael Theroux; David Hawreluk

Other key lawyers:

Blair Yorke-Slader KC; Munaf Mohamed KC; Michael Mysak; Chris Simard; Laura Gill; Kelsey Meyer

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright, a firm with an expansive international network, is extremely well-versed at all levels of court in Alberta, operating across an array of industries including government, construction, property, insurance, banking and finance, transport and manufacturing. Ray Chartier  heads up the team, honing his focus on energy and infrastructure-related disputes, meanwhile, Clarke Hunter KC runs a broad caseload which encompasses litigious joint venture, contractual, product liability, IP and professional negligence matters; the pair are based alongside Lara Mason, a class action specialist with a distinct level of expertise in aboriginal law and electricity regulation, and also Kaitlin Long , noted for her tenacity in energy, environmental compliance and indigenous law.  Elsewhere, the Montreal office is home to competition, international trade, transport and energy specialist, Jean Bertrand, in addition to Sophie Melchers  who serves as a key port of call in respect of securities litigation. Over in Vancouver, the team demonstrates a track record in forestry, healthcare, mining, insolvency and corporate governance disputes, among other forms of litigation, and hosts Daniel Bennett KC, a standout for commercial, natural resource and real estate proceedings. Orestes Pasparakis , one of the market’s foremost names for proxy disputes, is found at the Ontario office which garners particular acclaim for its management of financial institution, pharma, life science and insurance-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ray Chartier

Other key lawyers:

Clarke Hunter KCLara MasonKaitlin Long; Steve Leitl KC; Roger Smith KC; Gunnar Benediktsson

Testimonials

‘The practice is dependent upon the lawyers skills, personality, service and professionalism. the partners we work with are superior professionals and remarkable people.’

‘Personable, professional, and superior legal skills. Several partners of NRF started as professional acquaintances and became dear friends.’

‘Norton Rose acts on complex class action litigation matters for our firm. They are organized, creative and forward thinking in their strategic approach to defending these high cost, high exposure matters.’

‘Great client service. Very responsive. Sensitive to the business client needs and perspectives in the context of high exposure litigation. Linda Fuerst in particular has been a standout partner in terms of her expertise, and her ability to distill complex concepts into a digestible narrative for an inhouse/business audience.’

‘Linda Fuerst – excellent communicator and always available for her clients. Skilled negotiator and strong advocate for client’s rights.’

‘The team is very professional and they work with you to ensure they have all the facts of the case to determine their strategy going forward. They set up weekly meetings to ensure progress on the engagement.’

‘All the individuals I worked with (Fahad Siddiqui, Orestes Pasparakis, Virginie Gauthier, Evan Cobb) were calm, collected, demonstrated excellent communication and organizational skills and were very easy to get along with. They were willing to put in the long hours to get the job done while maintaining a positive attitude at all times.’

‘Knowledge, reputation, concern, availability,’

‘High quality work and excellent understanding of the industry and client’s priorities. Strategic thinking.’

‘Fahad Siddiqui – great team player, strategic thinker, communicator, available and delivering high quality work.’

Key clients

Merit Energy Company LLC

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Imperial Oil Resources Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.

Crescent Point Energy

Chance Oil and Gas Limited (formerly Northern Cross Yukon Ltd.)

Department of Justice Canada

Susan Riddell Rose

Shell Canada Limited

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Defending Shell Canada Limited in a class action that is alleging price-fixing in the wholesale gasoline market in British Columbia between 2015 and the present.  
  • Advising Chance Oil and Gas Limited in litigation against the Yukon Government regarding a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing that was implemented in 2015. This is a multi-disciplinary, complex matter involving statutory interpretation, compensation for interference with vested rights, and the limits of government policy-making.
  • Advising the Government of Canada in several multi-billion dollar claims related to oil and gas development and production from First Nations’ lands in Alberta, addressing the nature and scope of the Crown’s trust and fiduciary duties to those First Nations.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

At its Toronto office, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is co-led by Catherine Beagan Flood and Iris Fischer; the former hones her focus on privacy, antitrust, product liability, consumer protection and insurance disputes, boasting an extensive track record before the SCC, while the latter is a leading name in the media/defamation space. Gordon McKee is also a standout figure within the Ontario market and possesses over three decades in class action defence litigation. The firm is likewise a major player in Alberta where the group places a wealth of emphasis on contentious oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, banking, construction and power disputes. Renee Reichelt co-heads the offering, serving as a go-to for multinational technology companies faced with class actions, meanwhile David Tupper counts securities, environmental, reinsurance losses and property matters among the keystone of his practice. Michael Dixon is the other co-lead and supplements his extensive knowledge of energy and natural resources disputes with know-how in anti-corruption and anti-bribery affairs. Over in Vancouver, Sean Boyle co-fronts the team with Joseph McArthur whose capability for mining, infrastructure, financial services and utilities proceedings renders him a household name. Roy Millen is also a figure of prominence in the local market, demonstrating particular accomplishment in matters which intersect public and administrative law. The team in Montreal provides extensive healthcare, retail, consumer product, software and computer services abilities and is home to restructuring, real estate, construction and reinsurance litigator, Matthew Liben.

Practice head(s):

Renee Reichelt; Michael Dixon

Key clients

Suncor Energy Inc.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Superior Plus Corporation

Husky Energy Inc.

Research Capital Corporation

Husky Oil Operations Limited

Canadian Pacific Railway

ENMAX Corporation

Tilray Inc. and High Park Shops Inc.

Waterous Energy Fund

Shell Canada Limited and Shell Canada Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pembina Pipeline Corporation before the Alberta Securities Commission in a matter that involved a C$8.3-billion proposed hostile take-over launched by Brookfield of IPL.        
  • Acted for Waterous Energy Fund in its initial acquisition of a 45% stake and subsequent US$94.8-million acquisition of an additional 40% stake in Osum Oil Sands Corp.
  • Counsel to Shell in respect of the Alberta Department of Energy disallowing contested audit adjustments from 2009 to 2016.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Morrison KC

 

Other key lawyers:

Randall Block KC; Jeffrey Vallis KC; David Madsen KC; Matti Lemmens; Loni da Costa; Jack Maslen

Key clients

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (“CEPA”) No

Devon Canada Corporation No

ConocoPhillips-Canada Resources Corp No

Richardson Wealth (“RW”) No

NAFTA Case No

Emission Rx Ltd., Jeffrey Nelson, Justin Bouchard & Richard

Stagg No

Tiger Calcium Services Inc.

Chris Hudson, Eugenia Hudson-King, Andrew Case Hudson,

ACH Holdings LLC (“Hudson”)

BHE Canada

Signalta Resources Limited

Enercorp Sand Solutions Inc.

Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Certain Underwriters at Lloyds – Wataga Properties (as

representative Plaintiff) v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds

Highland Park Developments Limited Partnership and

1744228 Alberta Ltd.

EPCOR Water Services Inc. and EPCOR Utilities Inc.

Plum and Posey Inc. and Adrinna Hardy

Work highlights

    Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

    An independent, Calgary-based firm, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP runs a broad caseload spread across commercial, IP, securities, tax and employment disputes in addition to litigious oil and gas, energy and real estate matters. The practice is co-headed by Susan Fader, a specialist in contract and tort-related proceedings, alongside Andrew Sunter whose experience encompasses contractual disputes, breaches of trust and negligence claims. Jeffrey Sharpe serves as a go-to for construction disputes, including delay, industrial design and engineering claims, meanwhile Joanne Luu has forged a prominent reputation within the arbitration field where she serves as both counsel and arbitrator.

    Practice head(s):

    Susan Fader; Andrew Sunte

    Other key lawyers:

    Jeffrey Sharpe; Joanne Luu; James Murphy; Andrew Sunter; Paul Chiswell; Susan Fader; Kylan Kidd

     

    Testimonials

    ‘The team I work with is very strong. They work together well building on each others strengths. The team’s collaboration results in a strong strategy for dealing with disputes. The team is always open to input and will effectively deal with that input. In tense negotiations the team always maintains a calm effective approach.’

    ‘Jeff Sharpe, Andres Sunter, Susan Fader and Kylan Kidd. I think this is a stand out team all with strong skills in dealing with litigation matters from land disputes to construction disputes. Outcome of dispute resolution has always met or exceeded expectations.’

    Key clients

    Peace River Hydro Partners

    Inter Pipeline Ltd. (IPL)

    DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd., DIRTT Environmental Solutions Inc. and Kevin O’Meara

    CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC

    David Wayne Mikkelsen

    Canadian Natural Resources Limited

    Deans Knight Income Corporation

    Kicking Horse Oil & Gas Ltd.

    Hammerhead Resources Inc.

    698828 Alberta Ltd.

    West Lake Energy Corp.

    Lonquist Field Service Canada Ltd.

    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)  and Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC)

    Work highlights

    • Successful in being granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the client, Peace River Hydro Partners, in Peace River Hydro Partners, et al. v. Petrowest Corporation, et al., a case which involves the question of whether a receiver can disclaim an arbitration clause while still enforcing the underlying contract.
    • Advising DIRTT Environmental Solution Ltd. in an action before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta where several departed employees allegedly conspired to misappropriate its confidential and proprietary information.
    • Counsel to IPL in a precedent-setting decision before the Alberta Securities Commission that addressed Brookfield’s use of total return swaps in its takeover bid of IPL.

    Dentons

    Dentons, one of the largest firms globally, enjoys an active presence across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, operating across a varied spectrum of corporate, white-collar, financial services, banking, insurance and healthcare disputes, among many others. Gordon Tarnowsky is one of the market’s most seasoned energy and oil and gas specialists and works from the Calgary office alongside co-head of the national practice, Rachel Howie, who is principally active within the mining, natural resources and energy sectors. In Toronto, Matthew Fleming has forged a prominent reputation for class action, professional and product liability, regulatory and securities-related disputes meanwhile Vancouver-based Emma Irving, an up-and-coming partner, is acclaimed for her work on contract and transactional litigation, class actions and personal injury defence. At the Montreal office, local practice head Margaret Weltrowska holds distinct expertise in franchising litigation and is supported by Erica Shadeed, a senior associate with notable experience in insurance, general commercial, consumer protection and regulatory disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Kelly Osaka; John Cusano; Mercedes Hitesman Edmonton; Wendy Moody

    Other key lawyers:

    Dennis Picco KC; Thomas O’Leary; Rachel Howie; Michael Sestito; Simon Elzen-Hoskyn

    JSS Barristers

    JSS Barristers is a Calgary-based litigation boutique, specializing in a wealth of disputes including corporate, defamation, employment, personal injury, professional negligence and IP-related proceedings. Practice head Glenn Solomon KC is increasingly active within the information and data protection field, meanwhile Carsten Jensen KC is renowned for his capabilities in commercial class actions, shareholder disputes and multi-party litigation. Kajal Ervin leverages a track record of plaintiff-led class actions within a number of industries, including construction and oil and gas, while, at associate level, Cassandra Sutter has garnered exposure to contractual, fraudulent conveyance and enforcement claims, in addition to landlord and tenant proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Glenn Solomon KC

    Other key lawyers:

    Carsten Jensen KC; Sabri Shawa KC; Stacy Petriuk KC; Andrew Wilson; Robert Hawkes KC

    Testimonials

    ‘JSS Barristers has an excellent range of levels of practice within its ranks, making it possible for work to be done by someone at the appropriate level of expertise/hourly rate. They are strategic thinkers and provide excellent advice as to next steps and outside the box considerations that may influence one’s case (and that of the opposing parties.’

    ‘My connection with JSS Barristers has been through working with Robert Hawkes, Q.C., representing co-defendants in complex commercial cases, involving corporate and shareholder disputes. My impression of JSS Barristers is that it is a litigation boutique with extremely capable lawyers and up-to-date technology.’

    ‘Robert Hawkes, Q.C, is a first rate commercial litigator of the highest integrity. He is a very capable advocate.’

    ‘The team at JSS is outstanding – they are a litigation focused firm. Very good at what they do. They are outstanding because they are very business focused and have practical common-sense approach to litigation. Understand that litigation must be approached with business realities in mind. Know the oil and gas industry very well. Appreciate they are a very diverse firm and support LGBTQ diversity – which I really appreciate.’

    ‘Andrew Wilson is an outstanding lawyer. Very responsive, excellent business acumen. Provides valued legal advice with a great deal of common sense. Delivers excellent work. Very alive to reality that we have to be very conscious of our legal spend and does an excellent job of assisting us to manage our litigation in a sensible way.’

    Key clients

    Her Majesty in Right of Alberta

    Her Majesty in Right of British Columbia

    Apache Corp

    MasTec Inc., MasTec Canada Inc.

    Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association

    Henenghaixin Corp.

    Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

    Durum Opportunities GP Inc., Durum Opportunities LP

    Azimuth Energy Partners GP

    Organigram

    WN Pharmaceuticals

    420 Investments Ltd.

    Group Three Property Management Inc.

    Brown-Forman Corporation

    Mertex

    Work highlights

    • Representing the Government of Alberta in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry aimed at recovering some of the healthcare costs related to the treatment of smoking-related ailments.      
    • Counsel to Apache Corporation, as a co-defendant, in a class action lawsuit stemming from the 2017 acquisition of Apache Canada Ltd to Paramount Resources Ltd. The matter at heart revolves around restricted share units and other forms of deferred compensation. The value of claims is approximately US$70 million.
    • Successfully represented MasTec, Inc. et al in an international arbitration matter that awarded approximately C$85 million. The matter has been to the Alberta Court of Appeal 5 times, each time with judgements in favour of our client.

    McCarthy Tétrault

    At McCarthy Tétrault, the Calgary disputes team combines IP, construction, insurance, oil and gas, securities and insolvency expertise and is home to Sean Smyth KC, famed for his prowess in class action, commercial contract, shareholder’s rights and directors liabilities claims. Kara Smyth  is likewise integral to the offering, owing to her experience in fiduciary duty, product liability, agro-science and technology-related disputes, while, at the more junior end, associate Sandra Aigbinode Lange is a name to watch for litigious energy, power, project and infrastructure matters. Elsewhere, at the Vancouver office, the practice demonstrates routine involvement in high-end environmental, aboriginal, retail, healthcare and financial service matters, playing home to Michael Feder KC who represents leading names within the mining, energy, forestry sectors; he is based alongside Aidan Cameron, uniquely well-placed to support on disputes pertaining to residential and commercial property schemes, in addition to P3 projects, as well as associate Patrick Williams, a litigator focused on product liability and contractual disputes. The firm is a particularly formidable player in the Ontario market, where its litigation department houses over 100 lawyers, who thrive on ADR, competition, tax and franchise disputes, professional and product liability and white-collar defence. Paul Steep, a lawyer well-versed before the Supreme Court of Canada, serves as an authority on securities disputes whereas Sarit Batner disperses specialist knowledge of breach of contract, patent, professional negligence and shareholder disputes. Junior Sirivar  co-chairs the firm’s international arbitration group from Toronto, enjoying particular accomplishment within the banking, mining, telecoms and healthcare sectors, meanwhile Eric Block is active on the trade secret, cannabis, and defamation disputes fronts. In Quebec, Montreal-based duo Mason Poplaw  and Isabelle Vendette are especially recommended, the former due to his manufacturing, retail, financial services and property expertise and the latter due to her exceptional knowledge within consumer law, unfair competition and false advertising affairs.

    Practice head(s):

    Douglas Yoshida; Caroline Zayid

    Other key lawyers:

    Sean Smyth KC; Kara Smyth ; Sandra Aigbinode Lange; Michael Briggs; Timothy Ellam KC

    Testimonials

    ‘Doug Yoshida’s team did an incredible with a challenging multi-party matter in which potential exposure exceeded 100 million. The team executed a strategy that shifted liability to other parties and secured a favorable settlement. Great rapport with opposing counsel and the mediator.’

    ‘The Firm has incredible depth; subject matter experts are readily available within the firm when the client is engaged in complex litigation. The firm is diligent in monitoring billable hours, ensuring tasks are assigned to the appropriate staff level.’

    ‘Kara Smyth is diligent in her preparation, responsive to client needs and fully engaged in the task at hand when representing her client.’

    ‘I believe the practice has an excellent depth of coverage, and in my case, particularly relating to energy matters. They have top notch partners with a budding team of associates. They are able to leverage expertise and experience from across their different offices to ensure service delivery. I have some experience of their disclosure product which i believe is a useful and productive tool to assist clients in their dispute resolution affairs.’

    ‘i really enjoy working with Tim Ellam, and he would be my first port of call for any Canadian related matters.’

    ‘Hugo Babos Marchand: very pragmatic and result oriented. Nicolas CLoutier: Thinks outside the box.’

    ‘The team that is provided to my organization is top notch. When specialists are required for particularly intricate matters McCarthy’s always seem to bring the right people into the mix.’

    ‘Suzanne Murphy and Moya Graham have been especially helpful to us. They provide excellent advice and are available whenever we need them.’

    ‘Christopher McHardy; Katherine Booth. These two have made us feel as if we are their only clients, with personalized attention, knowledge and preparation. In addition, they respond promptly to inquiries, provide regular updates and ensure all aspects of the case are considered. They know the facts snd the law,, and conduct themselves in a professional manner that provided confidence that we are getting the best representation .’

    ‘McCarthy’s has a top-notch commercial insurance practice with a dedication to policyholder-side work, which is unusual in a firm of this scale. Their knowledge and bench strength are deep, and they draw upon strong litigation resources. The attorneys are expert in the area, creative, and flexible. The firm has strong discovery resources and a collaborative culture.’

    ‘Emmanuelle Poupart — expertise in Quebec and Canadian insurance coverage law; a thoughtful and creative strategist with a strong grasp of procedure.’

    ‘Chris Hubbard — excellent litigator with a refined sense of what will be persuasive and the best way to position claims in court.’

    ‘Atrisha Lewis — a well-spoken advocate, acute questioner, and strong litigation manager.’

    ‘Tremendous depth and breadth in the subject matter areas that are relevant for our businesses. When needed, there is enough grey hair and gravitas at the top, but also sufficient coverage at more junior levels so that matters can be appropriately staffed.’

    ‘In addition to being smart and talented lawyers, the people we work with at McCarthys have all made considerable efforts to understand our various businesses – how they operate and our appetite for risk beyond simply legal risk.’

    ‘I am regularly impressed with this team – they are diverse in many ways – from a gender perspective, racially, and in terms of years of experience. Put together this makes them a terrific team – they also appear to operate on a very democratic model and I like that the more junior lawyers are being developed to understand us as a client and our needs. The team is led by Jill Yates who is outstanding.’

    ‘Jill Yates is the outstanding leader – she is calm and cool under pressure, and not afraid to be definitive when she needs to be. I describe her as courageous -I appreciate her advice and her willingness to tell me what I need to know and the fact that she is not afraid to give clear advice and stand by it.

    ‘Shane D’Souza is terrific and has a keen interest in proactively assessing our needs and learning our business. He is a subject matter expert who is advanced beyond his year of call.’

    ‘Kevan Hanowski is also advanced beyond his years and has a wise maturity. I appreciate his candour and the precision of his communications.’

    ‘One of the leading law firms with strong international links. Very strong in energy and international arbitration.’

    ‘Timothy Ellam KC. Qualified to act both in Canada and England (where the firm has an office). Hard working. Diligent. Effective. Committed to his client. Strong strategic advice.’

    Key clients

    Aurora Cannabis Inc.

    Razor Energy

    Crescent Point Energy Corp.

    Lafarge Canada

    Woods Canada Limited

    City of Medicine Hat

    Uber

    MEG Energy Corp.

    Alberta Electric System Operator

    Shell Canada Limited

    Enbridge, Inc.

    Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc. (formerly, Talisman Energy Inc.)

    Cenovus Energy Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Representing Wood Canada Limited in the defence of a claim involving the alleged structural failure of a civil engineering structure.    
    • Acting for the City of Medicine Hat in a claim against the federal crown for C$90 million in compensation resulting from the first-ever emergency protection order for the Greater Sage-Grouse issued by the Federal Minister of the Environment.
    • Representing Crescent Point in defence of an approximately $100 million claim over oil and gas assets located in Manitoba with agreements governed by Colorado and Alberta law and parties located in Canada and Australia.

    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national practice is headed nationally by Sonia Bjorkquist , a Toronto-based lawyer with significant experience in class action defence, commercial agreement, construction, shareholder remedy and director duty proceedings; she operates alongside Mark Gelowitz, noted for his prowess in M&A, office liability, corporate governance, libel, slander and real estate disputes, as well as restructuring, insolvency and private equity litigator, Shawn Irving. Deborah Glendinning is a further star name in the Ontario market, owing to her 20 years of experience in ground-breaking product liability disputes. Over in Calgary, Maureen Killoran KC serves as Bjorkquist’s co-chair, enjoying a stellar reputation for resource-related disputes, meanwhile Melanie Gaston has carved out a prominent reputation for energy, construction, bankruptcy and insolvency-related disputes. The Vancouver team is predominantly acclaimed for its work on contentious project, environmental, constitutional and resource matters, routinely appearing in judicial reviews and appeals. As for the Quebec practice, it thrives on a number of fronts including corporate governance, franchise, IP, pensions, professional negligence and tax disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Maureen Killoran KC; Sonia Bjorkquist

    Other key lawyers:

    Melanie Gaston; Tristram Mallett; Olivia Dixon; Matthew Huys; Sander Duncanson; Jessica Kennedy; Sean Sutherland

    Gowling WLG

    Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    David Bishop; Ricki Johnston

    Other key lawyers:

    Warren Foley; Brian Kapusianyk KC; Alison Gray; Kevin Pedersen

    Testimonials

    ‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. ‘

    ‘Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’

    ‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’

    Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’

    ‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’

    ‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’

    ‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’

    ‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’

    ‘Expertise in corporate litigation and class actions.’

    Key clients

    Northwynd REIT

    Gibson Energy

    Secure Energy (Drilling Services) Inc.

    Yangarra Resources Ltd.

    Richardson Wealth Limited

    Waste Management of Canada Corporation

    Obsidian Energy

    Lafarge Canada Inc.

    Pengrowth Energy Corporation

    Strathcona Resources Ltd.

    Work highlights

    • Retained to defend a large International Insurance Brokerage Firm in potential arbitration proceedings related to a claim involving a pipeline spill, giving rise to damages in excess of $1B US.1.  
    • Advised a joint venture in an arbitration relating to the awarding of a significant construction contract.
    • Retained to act on behalf of several REITs and their individual Trustees as well as the Directors and Officers of various related corporate entities in a class action proceeding in which the investors in the REIT allege $85M in losses to their investments arising from the operation and sale of various timeshare resorts.

    DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

    Fielding over 1800 lawyers globally, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Canadian disputes practice is co-headed by Vancouver-based John Landry KC alongside David Foulds, who operates from Toronto. Within the Alberta market, the team operates from both the Calgary and Edmonton offices and is active on environmental, aboriginal, product liability, tort and class action disputes in addition its distinct know-how in oilfield services, power electrical issues and surface rights. Elsewhere, in Vancouver, the group thrives in respect of professional liability, contractual issue, negligence, fraud, consumer protection and competition disputes, strengths complemented by the Ontario office’s considerable track record in shareholder, commercial fraud, infrastructure project and class action litigation. Calgary-based counsel Katrina Edgerton-McGhan is an up-and-comer with exposure to education, utilities, tech and procurement disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    John Landry; David Foulds

    Other key lawyers:

    Heather Treacy KC; Patrick Roche; Katrina Edgerton-McGhan

    Testimonials

    ‘Specific expertise in fraud and corporate crime. Jordan Deering has a strong command of the area of law that we require.’

    Key clients

    Imperial Oil Resources Limited

    Salzgitter Mannesmann Stainless Tubes USA, Inc.

    Canadian Energy Services LP

    Canadian Western Trust Company

    Flair Airlines

    Balancing Pool ‎

    Creative Door Services Ltd.

    Doyle Salewski Inc.

    Royal Bank of Canada

    Calgary Board of Education

    Work highlights

    • Defending CWT in a complex commercial dispute related to registered retirement savings plan commenced by over 130 plaintiffs. There have been multiple applications heard by the Court to date.        
    • Defending Salzgitter in a products liability claim that involves very technical issues associated with a piece of equipment (pipes) alleged to have caused a shut-down in the operations of the Plaintiff’s (Suncor) oil and gas business.
    • Defending the Balancing pool in relation to appealing a decision by the Court of Queen’s Bench in which ‎that Court failed to set ‎aside ‎an arbitral award on the basis of breaches of natural justice. The case ‎involves considerations of ‎fundamental principles of natural justice and the manner in ‎which they apply ‎to arbitrations in the ‎Province of Alberta. ‎

    Fasken

    A leader in the British Columbia market, Fasken’s Vancouver office thrives on the full gamut of disputes. Tracey Cohen KC excels on class actions, derivatives actions, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and hostile take-over bids, jointly overseeing the practice with Andrew Nathanson KC, an expert in both commercial and white-collar crime proceedings; they are supported by Geoffrey Cowper KC, a seasoned veteran with dozens of significant human rights, public law and commercial dispute cases under his belt, as well as Alexandra Mitretodis who often acts on disputes with a multijurisdictional element. In Alberta, Calgary-based Darren Reed focuses on construction, product liability, class action and securities matters with the wider team also excelling in terms of energy, technology, mining, aviation, health and life sciences litigation. Elsewhere, Sarah Armstrong, a star name for commercial dispute, professional liability and administrative law matters, leads the Ontario practice which life sciences, transport, construction and employment among its key sectors of activity. Marc-André Fabien serves as co-chair of the Montreal office, earning a wealth of recognition for his work on shareholder disputes, penal proceedings and securities litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Karen Wyke; Gulu Punia

    Other key lawyers:

    Darren Reed; Alex Kotkas; Arif Chowdhury

    Key clients

    Nova Gas Transmission Ltd, Gas Transmission Northwest, LLC, Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd., Foothills Pipe Lines (AB) Ltd., Foothills Pipe Lines (BC) Ltd., Tuscarora Gas Transmission

    AECOM Canada Ltd.

    Parkland Corporation

    CMS Financial Management Ltd. And CMS Real Estate

    Thurber Engineering Ltd.

    Cook Group Inc.

    Federal NDP

    Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc.

    Lawson Lundell LLP

    At Lawson Lundell LLP, the Calgary office is headed by Shannon Hayes, a litigator regularly involved in regulatory and administrative law matters within the energy, electricity and oil and gas sectors; her team is also highly acclaimed for its shareholder dispute, insolvency, indigenous law, employment, property, tax and commercial litigation knowhow, often handling proceedings of national and international significance. The firm is also a prominent player within the British Columbia market where Laura Bevan’s department runs a caseload spread across contentious constitutional and public law, climate change, construction, defamation, insurance, product liability and natural resources affairs. Craig Ferris KC is a star at the Vancouver office, often receiving instructions from household names within the mining, financial services, retail, communications and manufacturing fields.

    Practice head(s):

    Shannon Hayes

    Other key lawyers:

    Michael Donaldson; Grant Vogeli KC; Tamela Coates KC; Shannon Wray; Alexis Teasdale

    Key clients

    Shaw Communications Inc.

    TransAlta Corporation

    Remington Development Corporation

    Jones Day and Pamela Taylor

    Crescent Point Energy Corp.

    Jane Hawkins

    MNP Ltd.

    Pieridae Energy Limited