Frank Foran is Counsel in our Commercial Litigation Group in our Calgary office. Frank practises litigation, arbitration and administrative law, with an emphasis on corporate, commercial and energy litigation and arbitration (including oil & gas, electricity, banking, general commercial, construction, and insurance), and energy regulatory matters. Recognized as a leading lawyer in these areas of law by the foremost legal rankings publications, Frank has appeared before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before regulatory (primarily energy) tribunals.
Frank is an appointed fellow of both the Litigation Counsel of America and the American College of Trial Lawyers, a status reserved for less than one per cent of all practising lawyers of any state or province. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988.
Publications & Presentations
•Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and workshops.
•Instructor at trial and appeal advocacy courses.
•Contributing Editor, Federated Press Corporate Liability Quarterly, 1996-2015.
•Co-Author/Presenter, “Arbitration: An Overview,” Insight Western Canadian Securities Litigation Advanced Forum, January 30-31, 2006.
•Chair, “Decision-Writing,” The Canadian Institute, November 23-24, 2005.
•Co-Author, “An Introduction to Decision-Making and Reasons for Decision,” The Canadian Institute, November 23-24, 2005.
•Co-Author, “Practical Considerations for Oil & Gas Lawyers Arising out of Recent Insolvency Cases,” Legal Education Society of Alberta, November 2000.
•Co-Author, “Recent Judicial Developments of Interest to Oil & Gas Lawyers,” Canadian Law Foundation, June 2000.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2017 (and since 2013) edition of Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
•Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2013) edition of The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Litigation).
•Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 edition of The Legal 500 Canada as a leading lawyer (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).
•Recognized in the 2016 to 2018 ?editions of Chambers Canada - Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration).?
•Recipient of Benchmark Canada's Lifetime Achievement Award 2014.
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada ?- The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: Alberta and a Litigation Star: Construction, Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial and Insurance .
•Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of the Lexpert/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
•Recognized in the 2013 to 2016 editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Commercial Litigation)
•Recognized as the 2016 Calgary Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year by the Best Lawyers in Canada, as well as the “2014 Calgary International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, “2013 Calgary Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” “2012 Calgary Director and Officer Liability Lawyer of the Year,” “2011 Calgary Corporate and Commercial Litigator of the Year,” and “2010 Calgary Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” in previous issues.
•Recognized in the 2015 (and since 2012) editions of Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution - Alberta, Dispute Resolution - Arbitration).
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006 - 2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in Canada (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Director & Officer Liability, Energy Regulatory Law, Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, International Arbitration, Natural Resources Law (Oil & Gas), Legal Malpractice Law).
•Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Class Actions, Energy - Electricity, Energy - Oil & Gas, International Commercial Arbitration, Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Litigation - Securities, Professional Liability).
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
•Recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Commercial Arbitration; Litigation - Corporate Commercial; Litigation - Securities).
•Member, Supreme Court Advocacy Institute; Alberta Chair, 2009-present
•Founding Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
•Member, Canadian Roster for International Dispute Settlement Panels Under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement
•Member (and former Director), Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation (now Canadian Energy Law Foundation)
•Member, Canadian Bar Association (previously on the executive of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and has served on various committees/programs of both, Law Society of Alberta and LSA Mentor Program)