Justin has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and has assisted on a case which was heard at the Supreme Court of Canada. His Court experience includes chambers advocacy, trial and mediations and he has also assisted and appeared before various administrative tribunals including labour arbitration boards, the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal and the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service.
Justin also acts for members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police facing internal investigations, statutory investigations and criminal charges.
Justin assists clients navigate claims through the various stages of litigation. By consistently evaluating matters through the litigation process he is able to determine the best strategy for dealing with issues as they arise. This catered approach assists with the timely and economical resolution of disputes.
•Assisted senior counsel with a matter concerning Constitutional language rights for an appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada.
•Acts for members of law enforcement with respect to criminal charges and investigations.
•Advised an Alberta-based business with respect to director and shareholder disputes following the opening of competing business.
•Assisted senior counsel with coverage concerns concerning a pipeline spill in the United States.
•Assisted senior counsel with a large litigation file concerning aircraft cargo and shipping disputes.
•Regularly advises clients with matters concerning negligence and breach of contract litigation.
•Represents corporations and individuals in a variety of matters in the Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench.
Justin maintains a varied insurance practice and has a broad range of experience dealing with casualty claims, including advising insurers with respect to third party liability and damages, SEF 44 claims and on first part coverage matters. Justin also has experience with commercial lines of insurance.
•Represented insurers with respect to handling SEF 44 matters.
•Regularly provides opinions on limitation and liability issues to insurers.
•Acted for a professional liability insurer following allegations of fraudulent and negligent advice of an investment advisor.
•Regularly advises insurers with respect to liability and quantum for third party claims.
•Advises insurers on coverage matters, first party claims, and subrogated claims.
•Acts for professionals including investment advisors and engineers for claims arising following allegations of professional negligence.
•Acts for a multi-national restaurant chain concerning occupiers' liability litigation.
Labour & Employment
Justin advises clients on a broad range of workplace matters. He assists clients with the entire employment relationship including the preparation of workplace policies, hiring of employees and the termination of employment relationships.
•Acted for an international oil and gas company with respect to domestic and foreign employees.
•Advised an Alberta-based company regarding a departing employee and the associated fiduciary and non-solicitation duties.
•Assisted with a trial concerning the retirement and post-retirement pension of an Aboriginal Nation Chief.
•Advised an automotive business regarding a departing employee's allegations of harassment.
•Assists with the preparation of materials for grievance arbitration hearings.
•Advised a school board with respect to pre and post-employment criminal record screening.
•Advised an Alberta post-secondary institution on various labour relations matters including termination of employees and position abolishment.
•Advised an Aboriginal client on the jurisdictional implications of the termination of employment of work on an Aboriginal nation.
•Advised a Northern Alberta oil sands contractor regarding the interaction of non-union and union workers on the same sites.
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Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Young Lawyers Section
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Volunteer, Civil Claims Duty Counsel, Pro Bono Law Alberta
•Student Admissions Representative, Society of Law Students