Brian Vail, Q.C.

Brian Vail, Q.C.: Attorney with Field Law
  • Partner at Field Law (122 Attorneys)
  • 2500 - 10175 101 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5J 0H3
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Biography

Brian Vail is a partner in the firm’s Edmonton office with more than 30 years of experience representing individuals, businesses and public institutions in a broad range of civil and criminal litigation matters before trial and appellate courts throughout Alberta. He has extensive experience with cases involving a combination of civil and criminal law issues in multiple venues, defending businesses, individuals and public institutions facing emotionally-charged claims and complaints of embezzlement, sexual offences, misconduct or other serious wrong-doing. He feels it is important to keep up to date on the law and to look for common ground and shared concerns on every file so as to facilitate resolution by settlement if possible and by litigation if necessary. He takes satisfaction from taking the mystery out of the law applicable to his clients’ situations.

Brian's practice is primarily focused on the following:
•Insurance - approved litigation defence counsel for several major insurers throughout Canada
•Emerging Technology and Privacy - cyber-liability, autonomous (driverless) vehicles and related insurance issues
•Criminal Defence - assault, sexual offences, child pornography offences and internet luring offences, embezzlement, fraud
•Education Law - defence of teachers and schools against all types of misconduct claims
•Personal Injury - defence of motor vehicle accident, work accident, product liability and other negligence claims
•Complex Commercial Litigation - breach of contract, shareholder actions and partner disputes
Before joining Field Law, Brian articled with the Alberta Court of Appeal. He has spoken at industry events and published numerous papers discussing trending topics in insurance, personal injury, criminal, emerging technology and education law. He is also a former sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Brian was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2012.
Brian is a past chair of the National Insurance Section of the Canadian Bar Association and past chair or co-chair of the Insurance, Criminal Justice and Education Law subsections of the Canadian Bar Association (Northern Albert) and a past chair and current member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers and a member of the Defence Research Institute and the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association.

Outside the Office

Brian is an avid reader of history and science fiction and an amateur archer.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Insurance
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Criminal
  • Emerging Technology

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7691  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, With Distinction, 1978
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1981
Year of First admission:
1982
Admission:
1982, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Education Law Section (North)
Executive Member
2006-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Criminal Justice Section (North)
Member
2005-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Criminal Justice Section (North)
Past Co-Chair
2010-2016
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section
Member
1985-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alb

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Stubbard v. Hajduk Gibbs LLP 2015 ABCA 73 Alberta Court of Appeal 2015; R. v. Jonkman Unreported; 2010; R. v. Edna Smith Docket No. 100631498P1, Alta.P.C., per Watson, P.C.J. Alberta Provincial Court 2010; R. v. Jonkman 2010 ABPC 245 Alberta Provincial Court 2010; R. v. Sautner 2008 CarswellAlta 2235 Alberta Provincial Court 2008; R. v. McNally [2008] A.J. No. 586 Alberta Provincial Court 2008; Synod of the Diocese of Edmonton v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada 2004 ABQB 803 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; J.N. v. G.J.K. 2004 ABCA 394 Alberta Court of Appeal 2004; Park v. B&B Electronics Ltd. 2003 ABQB 594 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2003; Magna IV Engineering Ltd. v. Orbis Engineering Field Service [2002] A.J. No. 836 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Calliou Estate (Public Trustee of) v. Calliou Estate [2002] A.J. No. 74 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Neal v. Kozens [2002] A.J. No. 1400 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; GMAC Leaseco Ltd. v. Chamberlain [2000] A.J. No. 368 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Budget-Rent-A-Car of Edmonton Ltd. v. Lombard Canada [1998] A.J. No. 230 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1998; Budget-Rent-A-Car of Edmonton Ltd. v. Lombard Canada [1998] A.J. No. 1320 Alberta Court of Appeal 1998; J.H.O. Holdings & Management Ltd. v. Schafer [1997] A.J. No. 359 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1997; MacDonald v. Oxford Properties Group Inc. [1996] A.J. No. 252 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Winget Estate v. Sedgwick Tomenson Inc. [1996] A.J. No. 1345 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Winget v. Sedgwick Tomenson Inc. [1996] A.J. No. 1327 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1996; Structus Developments & Holdings Ltd. v. Mah [1995] A.J. No. 1605 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1995; Structus Developments & Holdings Ltd. v. Mah [1995] A.J. No. 1604 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1995; Modern Livestock v. Kansa General Insurance Company 157 A.R. 167 Alberta Court of Appeal 1994; Finnemore v. Clarke Tolentino Rampling & McTavish [1994] A.J. No. 765 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; R. v. Gorsline [1993] A.J. No. 961 Alberta Provincial Court 1993; Vanovermeire v. Edmonton (City) Police Commission [1993] A.J. No. 347 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1993; Finnemore v. Clarke Tolentino Rampling & McTavish [1993] A.J. No. 1204 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1993; Kempo v. Tie Rack (Canada) Ltd. [1992] A.J. No. 472 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; R. v. Wright [1992] A.J. No. 409 Alberta Court of Appeal 1992; Finnemore v. Clarke, Tolentino, Rampling & McTavish [1992] A.J. No. 138 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; Oshry v. Edmonton (City) [1991] A.J. No. 930 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Van Cleef Manufacturing Ltd. v. Pafco Insurance Co. [1988] A.J. No. 428 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1988; Van Every v. Kroeker Estate [1987] A.J. No. 1304 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1987; Henuset Brothers Ltd. v. I.U.O.E., Local 955 73 A.R. 194 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1986; Farm Credit Corp. v. Stadynk [1986] A.J. No. 453 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1986; R. v. Cameron [1985] A.J. No. 537 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1985; Henuset Brothers Ltd. v. I.U.O.E., Local 955 57 A.R. 258 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1984; Ed Miller Sales & Rentals Ltd. v. Rosen 55 A.R. 172 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1984; Mataris Restaurants Ltd. v. Richardson Greenshields of Canada Ltd. 52 A.R. 223 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1984; Bank of Montreal v. Carter [1984] A.J. No. 72 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1984; Battaglia v. Ballas [1983] A.W.L.D. 829 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1983; Gilson v. Fort Vermillion School Division No. 52 61 A.R. 225 Board of Reference Under the School Act
ISLN:
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Peer Reviews

  • 4.3/5.0 (7)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    4.4/5.0
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    4.1/5.0
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  • Legal Experience

    4.3/5.0
  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/27/14 in Insurance Litigation on 10/27/14

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      5.0/5.0
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  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/14 in Litigation on 10/24/14

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      5.0/5.0
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  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    4.8/5.0 by a Marketing Partner on 10/24/14 in Insurance Coverage Defense on 10/24/14

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    4.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/14 in Litigation on 10/24/14

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      4.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0
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  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    4.0/5.0 by a Partner on 09/28/11 in Insurance on 09/28/11

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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      3.0/5.0
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      3.0/5.0
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  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    3.4/5.0 by a Partner on 09/20/11 in Litigation on 09/20/11

    • Legal Knowledge

      4.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0
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  • Brian Vail, Q.C.

    3.0/5.0 by a Government Counsel on 09/28/11 in Litigation on 09/28/11

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      3.0/5.0
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      3.0/5.0
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