Employee Name

Expertise

  • Employment, Labour and Human Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil and Gas/Energy Law
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Regulatory Advocacy
  • Cannabis Law

Year of Call

  • 1995, Alberta

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Carleton University, 1990
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 1994

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • CBA Natural Resources Subsection
  • CBA Employment Law Subsection
  • CBA Managing Partner Subsection
  • CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Subsection
  • Canadian Energy Law Foundation
  • Lawyers Associated Worldwide

Teaching & Publications

  • Conference Panel Moderator, Human Resources Institute of Alberta
  • Seminar Co-Chair, The Advocates Society - Challenging Credibility
  • Recent Judicial Developments of Interest to Oil and Gas Lawyers, Canadian Energy Law Foundation Case Law
  • Bar Admission Course Instructor – Civil Litigation

Representative Work

  • Counsel for an exploration and production company and working interest owner in relation to a complex oil and gas litigation case involving claims made by freeholders and top lessees that certain petroleum and natural gas leases had terminated, and for related damages: Stewart Estate v TAQA North Ltd., 2015 ABCA 357; 2013 ABQB 691.
  • Counsel for a Canadian supplier of natural gas in an arbitration relating to a natural gas pricing dispute with a Canadian power producer under a long-term natural gas purchase and sale agreement.
  • Counsel in shareholder dispute involving alleged oppressive conduct in the context of a Unanimous Shareholders Agreement.
  • Counsel to a unit owner in respect of a multi-million dollar lawsuit concerning operatorship and accounting practices, which was resolved through negotiation.
  • Counsel to a large charitable organization in relation to general litigation matters, employment matters and other ongoing project work.
  • Counsel in a dispute under a pooling and farmout agreement with respect to earning wells and alleged breaches of the agreement.
  • Counsel in a dispute under a unit agreement concerning the alleged inclusion of certain wells in the unit agreement.
  • Counsel in interlocutory applications concerning the interpretation of the new Alberta Rules of Court relating to the exchange of trial expert reports and reopening cases.
  • Counsel in relation to a dispute concerning the termination of an international natural gas purchase and sale agreement and related power purchase agreements.
  • Counsel in relation to a dispute concerning the frustration and termination of natural gas purchase and sale agreements as a result of the deregulation of the Ontario electricity market.
  • Acted as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in a dispute regarding operators’ duties, fiduciary obligations, and gross negligence in the context of the 1990 CAPL industry agreement: Adeco Exploration v. Hunt Oil Company of Canada Inc. [2008] A.J. No. 836 (C.A.).
  • Counsel to a plaintiff in advancing claims in relation to an alleged misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information.
  • Counsel for Avenir Diversified Income Trust in Decision 2006-021 issued by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Energy Resources Conservation Board) in relation to an application for a common carrier order and for the setting of the related transportation fee.
  • Counsel to a property manager who purchased commercial properties in relation to alleged breaches by the vendor of non-competition provisions contained in the purchase and sale agreement.
  • Counsel to a US-based natural gas distribution company, as the buyer of natural gas, in several international gas pricing arbitrations, conducted in accordance with the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Arbitration.
  • Counsel to the purchaser of natural gas under a long term natural gas purchase and sale agreement in a dispute that was dealt as an UNCITRAL arbitration.
  • Active in all areas of commercial and general litigation, corporate litigation, oil and gas litigation, and employment law.
  • Active in all areas of dispute resolution outside of formal litigation, and regularly retained by clients to settle cases independent of litigation and to assist in resolution of litigation disputes.
  • Currently represents clients in relation to a variety of oil and gas litigation matters including disputes concerning operator duties, fiduciary duties, lease interpretation, joint ventures, unit agreements, pooling agreements, farmout agreements, accounting, royalties, and other contractual issues.
  • Has served as counsel in a variety of domestic and international commercial and energy arbitrations.
  • Provides advice about termination pay, wrongful dismissal, and constructive dismissal.
  • Provides advice in relation to the negotiation and drafting of employment severance agreements.
  • Drafts employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and restrictive covenants.
  • Provides advice on restrictive covenants and related enforcement and injunction issues in relation thereto.
  • Has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, in addition to various regulatory boards, mediators and arbitrators.

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Rosedale Community Association
  • Donor to and Member of the Lake Manitou Area Association, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
  • Calgary Winter Club
  • Volunteer, The Mustard Seed