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Randall Block is a partner in our Litigation and Arbitration Group in our Calgary office. Randall specializes in all forms of dispute resolution in the energy and oil & gas industries, including commercial litigation and arbitration and regulatory proceedings. He is recognized as one of the world's leading lawyers in these fields by the foremost legal ranking directories.
Randall has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the National Energy Board and various arbitral panels; he has also sat as an arbitrator. Randall has written and lectured on various issues in oil & gas law and realization on oil & gas-related security. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005, and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2010.
Publications & Presentations
•Co-Author, “ The Guide to Energy Market Manipulation, ” Global Competition Review, March 2018.
•Speaker, “Recent Developments Impacting the Oil & Gas Industry and a Look Forward into the Haze,” BLG Oil & Gas Seminar in Calgary, March 2012.
•Co-Author, “Alberta Oil Sands: Things You Don’t See in a Reserves Report,” Lipper Hedge World Energy & Natural Resources Forum, 2007.
•Co-Author, “Securities Litigation in a Hot Oil & Gas Market,” presented at the Western Canadian Securities Litigation Advanced Forum in Toronto, held January 20-31, 2006.
•Presenter/Co-Author, “A Gathering Storm: Water Conflict in Alberta,” The Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation Seminar in Jasper, June 16-19, 2004.
•Presenter/Author, “The Gas Over Bitumen Conflict in the Oil Sands,” The Canadian Institute’s Oil Sands Supply & Infrastructure Conference in Calgary, February 23-24, 2004.
•Co-Author, “Sealed Ex Parte Norwich Orders: Safeguarding Against Abuse of the Pre-Action Disclosure Remedy,” Civil Litigation Review, 2003.
•Presenter/Author, “Resolving Disputes Arising out of Natural Gas Contracts,” Insight Conference Natural Gas Sales Contracts in Calgary, January 22-23, 2001.
•Presenter/Author, “Litigation, Class Actions and Reserve Reporting,” Canadian International Petroleum Conference in Calgary, June 2000.
•Presenter/Speaker, “The Surmont Bitumen-Gas Conflict,” The Canadian Heavy Oil Association Conference in Calgary, December 2000.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2006) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Administrative and Public Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law).
•Recognized as Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year - Calgary in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada .
•Recognized in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert /ROB Special Edition - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers.
•Recognized in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-border Lawyers in Canada.
•Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada (Energy and Natural Resources Local Litigation Star: Alberta).
•Recognized in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert /ROB Special Edition - Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers.
•Recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Provincial Regulatory & Litigation and Litigation: General Commercial - Alberta).
•Recognized in the 2018 to 2016 editions of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta (Band 1) and Energy: Oil & Gas).
•Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert /Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
•Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2014) edition of The Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Litigation: Corporate Commercial).
•Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 edition of The Legal 500 Canada as a leading lawyer (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).
•Recognized in the 2018 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Administrative and Public Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law).
•Recognized as the 2017 “Calgary Oil & Gas Law Lawyer of the Year ” by The Best Lawyers in Canada .
•Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Energy: Electricity; Energy: Oil & Gas).
•Recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in the 2016 Lexpert /Report on Business Corporate Special Edition .
•Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2016) editions of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: Alberta and a Litigation Star: Energy and Natural Resources.
•Recognized by the 2016 Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category in Alberta .
•Recognized as the 2013 Calgary Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada .
•Recognized in the 2016 (and since 2013) edition of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Litigation - Securities; Litigation - Corporate Commercial ).
•Recognized in the 2015 (and since 2012) editions of Chambers Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1: Dispute Resolution - Alberta; Oil & Gas: Regulatory).
•Recognized by the 2015 Lexology Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category in Alberta.
•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: Energy and Natural Resources.
•Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Energy - Electricity, Energy - Oil & Gas, Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Litigation - Securities).
•Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2016 (and since 2013) edition of the Lexpert /Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Energy). Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions (Commercial Litigation).
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
•Recognized as the Energy/Resources Litigator of the Year 2013 by Benchmark Canada.
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
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