Marco is a staunch proponent of the litigation “culture shift” recently endorsed by the Supreme Court of Canada. He regularly utilizes court processes including summary trials and summary judgment to resolve disputes in the least amount of time practicable and at the lowest possible cost.
Awards and Recognition:
•E.S. Watkins Memorial Prize in Torts and Accident Compensation
•MacPherson McNiven Insolvency Prize
•Frank L. Burnet, Q.C. Scholarship
•Alberta Law Foundation Bursary
•David and Maureen Corry Bursary in Law
Marco regularly represents individuals, partnerships, and corporations in a wide variety of disputes. He has extensive experience:
•Drafting demand letters and pleadings
•Preparing interlocutory materials including injunction applications
•Retaining and instructing experts
•Resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation and court processes
Where possible, Marco utilizes court processes including summary trials and summary judgment to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently. His experience includes:
•Successfully acting on behalf of a federally incorporated power generator to obtain dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim due to long delay.
•Defending a plumbing company in a negligence action, successfully resolving the dispute without the necessity of trial.
•Successfully obtaining settlement on behalf of a construction company involved in a breach of contract dispute that occurred in the context of an asset sale.
•Defending a construction company against a debt claim brought by a former accountant and resolving the dispute without the necessity of trial.
•Defending a restaurant in a Sale of Goods action brought by a former patron.
•Defending a large manufacturer in a negligence action brought by a homeowner.
•Defending an accounting firm in a negligence action concerning the preparation of a corporate income tax return.
•Successfully assisting in obtaining summary dismissal of a multi-million dollar claim brought against an international accounting firm.
•Assisting in both the prosecution and defence of numerous accountants brought before their governing body.
•Assisting in the defence of a quantity surveying firm in a number of negligence actions.
•Assisting in the defence of a business operating a food processing facility subject to a stop work order brought by a municipality.
•Preparing injunction materials on behalf of a federally incorporated power generator.
Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank BA v Liebig & Keown LLP, 2015 ABQB 628
Marco regularly assists national and international insurers as both defence and coverage counsel with respect to auto, carrier, property, products liability, professional liability, life insurance and occupiers liability claims. In his capacity as defence counsel, Marco has assisted in the representation of individuals, insurance brokers, ranchers, property managers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, malls, accountants, manufacturers, restaurants, trades and sub-trades, among others. In the coverage context, Marco has direct experience:
•Interpreting insurance policies, exclusion clauses and policy endorsements including the SPF No. 1 and the SEF No. 44.
•Interpreting contractual indemnity clauses, particularly in the context of Occupiers Liability Act disputes.
•Determining claims limitations and notice provisions pursuant to the Insurance Act and Fair Practice Regulation.
•Investigating and denying fraudulent claims.
Marco regularly provides both employers and employees with a wide variety of legal assistance. Marco has experience:
•Drafting and reviewing employment contracts
•Initiating and defending wrongful dismissal claims
•Defending human rights complaints
Where possible, Marco utilizes court process including summary trials and summary judgment applications to quickly resolve disputes at a reduced cost.
• Asset Sales: Successor Liability Issues , Don Dear, Q.C. and Marco Baldasaro, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2016
• Court Extends Limitation Period in Contamination Case , Gavin Fitch and Marco Baldasaro, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2016
• Limitations Act Amendments , McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2015
• Liening the Landlord for Tenant Improvements , Alberta Construction Law Blog, 2014
• New Energy & Environmental Ministry Mandates , McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2014
• AUC Reviews the Need to Qualify Expert Witnesses , McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2014
• Compasionate Care Lease Now Applies to Alberta , McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2014
• Fort McKay First Nation Granted Leave to Appeal Decision of the Alberta Energy Regulator Approving Brion Energy Oilsands Project , Evan Dixon and Marco Baldasaro, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2013
Community & Volunteer Activities
•Former Caseworker - Civil Section, University of Calgary Student Legal Assistance