Leanne Desbarats

Leanne Desbarats: Attorney with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (894 Attorneys)
  • Centennial Place, East Tower, 1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada M5H 3Y4
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Executive Summary

Leanne Desbarats is an associate in our Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Group in our Calgary office. Leanne focuses her practice on commercial litigation and regulatory law with an emphasis on energy and environmental law. She acts and advises clients in these areas and has experience in regulatory proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission as well as proceedings at the Alberta Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench.

Leanne both summered and articled with the firm.

Community Involvement

•Volunteer, Civil Claims Duty Counsel and QB Amicus

Publications & Presentations

•Co-Author, Renewables in Alberta: New Policies, New Opportunities, Volume 54, Issue 2, Alberta Law Review, November 2016.
•Co-Author, Renewables in Alberta: New Policies, New Opportunities Canada Energy Law Foundation's Jasper Seminar / Alberta Law Review's Petroleum Law Edition, 2016.
•Author, Limiting damages for loss of profits and loss of production under the AIPN 2012 Model Form International Operating Agreement, 7 Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2014.

•Co-Presenter, Renewables in Alberta: New Policies, New Opportunities, Canadian Institute Environmental Law and Regulation Conference, 2016.
•Co-Presenter, Drug and Alcohol Update, HRIA Calgary Chapter Legal Conference?, March 10, 2014.?

Blogs & Bulletins
•Co-Author, “ Boxing-in Bhasin: Alberta Court of Appeal Confirms No Common Law Duty To Reasonably Exercise Discretionary Contractual Powers, ” The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, February 28, 2017.
•Co-Author, “ What Are the Implications for Boards of Directors in Light of the Redwater Decision ” BLG Publication, February 14, 2017.
•Co-Author, “ Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Clarifies that Leave is Not Required to Cross-Examine on an Affidavit of Records, ” The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, January 29, 2017.
•Co-Author, “ Quebec Passes New Legislation Governing Clean Energy and Oil and Gas Exploration, ” The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, December 14, 2016.
•Co-Author, “ Alberta Government Introduces Legislation Mandating Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Alberta Oil Sands, ” The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, November 20, 2016.
•Co-Author, “ AER Signals Stringent Approach to Issuance of Reclamation Certificates, ” The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, October 26, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta Regulator Reiterates Position on Interim measures post-Redwater but Indicates Some Flexibility on 2.0 LMR Requirement?, The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, July 18, 2016.
•Co-Author, Are Contractual Survival Periods Invalid under the Alberta Limitations Act? Maybe..., The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, July 9, 2016.
•Co-Author, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Clarifies the Test for Extending a Limitation Period for an Environmental Contamination Claim, The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, June 27, 2016.
•Co-Author, Shifting Environmental Liabilities after the Redwater Decision, BLG Environmental Bulletin, May 27, 2016.
•Co-Author, All Aboard? U.S. and Canada announce new joint regulations for rail tank car safety standards, The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, May 27, 2015.
•Co-Author?, Alberta Court Protects Regulatory Approvals from Collateral Attack but Allows Trespass Claim Founded on Aboriginal Title to Proceed (for Now...), The Resource: BLG Energy Law Blog, July 9, 2015.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Environmental Law
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Energy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Electricity Markets

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403.232.9574  Phone
403.266.1395  Fax
University Attended:
University of British Columbia, B.A., 2010
Law School Attended:
University of Calgary, J.D., 2014
Year of First admission:
2015, Alberta

Professional Involvement

•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Law Society of Alberta
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Member, Organizing Committee of Canadian Energy Law Foundation, Jasper Conference, 2016
•Member, Canadian Energy Law Foundation Fundamentals Conference Committee, 2015

Community Involvement

•Volunteer, Civil Claims Duty Counsel and QB Amicus


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Calgary, Alberta

  • Calgary, AB
    Centennial Place, East Tower , 1900, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W.
    Calgary, AB M5H 3Y4

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