Randal Carlson is an experienced business lawyer focusing on handling claims and disputes involving casualty insurance and subrogated claims, as well as general litigation defence throughout Alberta. Known for his practical attitude toward resolving cases in a deliberate, timely, cost-effective manner, he has appeared in all levels of court in Alberta and in numerous complex mediations and Judicial Dispute Resolutions on behalf of companies and individuals facing difficult, insurance-related and commercial general liability problems.
Randal's clients span industry sectors and include construction contractors and other businesses of various types and sizes. He has defended a wide variety of claims and disputes involving personal injury, property damage and other losses. My clients place a premium on pragmatic risk assessment and early analysis of the merits of their case, Randal noted.
Before pursuing his legal career, Randal was an infantry officer in the Canadian Forces and served in assignments across Canada, Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia. Here is where I gained experience with mission analysis, risk assessment and strategic planning, Randal explained. I also learned the value of teamwork.
Outside the Office
Randal recently completed the75-kilometre West Coast Trail.
The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Randal:
Drones/UAVs, Their Regulation and Insureds Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters March 2017
Civil Litigation in Alberta - Surprises, Secrets and Strategies Insurance Professionals October 2016
A Nightmare Scenario: Psychological Injuries and Assessment of Damages (FULL) Field Law Clients and Guests March 2013
Insurance Law Update Field Law Clients April 2012
Conduct of a Provincial Court Trial Grande Prairie adjusters August 2011
The Minor Injury Cap Field Law Clients February 2011
New Rules of Court Field Law Clients and Guests November 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles Field Law Clients and Guests August 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles United Services Automobile Association June 2010
Minor Injury Regulation Field Law Clients and Guests April 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles - The Cap is Here to Stay Field Law Clients and Guests February 2010
Impaired Driving Issues in Auto Insurance Field Law Clients and Guests October 2009
10 New Rules - Rules of Interest to Examiners in the Final Draft of the New Rules of Court Field Law Clients and Guests September 2009
Releases: Serious Impairment and the MIR Field Law Clients and Guests December 2008
Minor Injury Regulation Canadian Insurance Institute Janaury 2008
The Minor Injury Cap Trial AAIA September 2007
The MIR and the Charter AAIA February 2007
Limitations Act; Occupier's Liability; Charter Challenge to the MIR Field Law Clients and Guests February 2007
Surveillance AAIA November 2006
The MIR and the Charter AAIA March 2006
The Trilogy and the Charter Canadian Defence Lawyers April 2005
Limitations Act Field Law Clients and Guests February 2005
Somatization Disorder Field Law Clients and Guests April 2004
Host Liability Field Law Clients and Guests April 2003
Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings Carswell September 2010
Canadian Precedents of Pleadings - Personal Injury Chapter Carswell Fall 2009
Costs and Disbursements - An Overview Insurance E-Bulletin May 2012
Solving the Meaning of Life: Calculating the Loss of Dependency Claim Claims Canada October/November 2010
Controversial Proposed Independent Medical Examination Rule Likely To Be Amended Insurance E-Bulletin April 2010
Please Release Me, Let Me Go: Releases and Changes in Law Claims Canada June 2008
Not My Problem - Or Is It? Insurance Considerations in Leasing Arrangements The Entrepreneur June 2001
Putting an End to 'Desultory Correspondence' - Recent Application of Rule 244.1 The Barrister June 2001
Rule 593(1.1) and the 'Residual' Category for Security Costs The Barrister March 2000
Closing a case at a favorable point with a favorable result
Our client: A national insurer with operations in Alberta was facing a complicated, injury-related claim comprising several factors. These included the possibility of a pre-existing medical condition and a demand against future income. Furthermore, the stated claim was in excess of policy limits.
Our strategy: Our defense strategy was to efficiently overcome the plaintiff's medical experts by leveraging documents and records to seek a mediated resolution. As Randal put it, We were flexible and quickly switched gears.
The result: By using the right information and through good questioning, we were successful in getting the plaintiff to agree to mediation, bringing the case to a favorable end without the increased time, risk and expense of a trial.