Ryan Krushelnitzky is a litigator in the construction, products liability and insurance areas. With a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Ryan’s engineering background assists him in dealing with the complex technical and practical issues faced by his construction, product manufacturer, and insurer clients.
Ryan has acted for both construction contractors and owners in a wide range of areas, including: contractual disputes over progress and payment, delays, lost productivity, builders’ liens, construction deficiencies, tendering, and insurance/bonding. Ryan also assists his clients with contract review and general advice on construction related matters, with experience in industrial and commercial construction related projects.
Ryan also represents product manufacturers and distributors involved in product liability litigation. He has experience dealing with breach of warranty and negligence claims relating to allegedly defective industrial and construction equipment, farming equipment, building systems, motor vehicles, building materials and various consumer goods. He has experience with fire losses, and other product liability matters, such as personal injury losses.
Ryan also provides advice regarding the cross-border and jurisdictional issues that often arise when international manufacturers do business in Alberta.
Ryan’s insurance practice focuses on coverage work, and the defence of property and personal injury claims.
Value to Clients
Following the completion of his articles, Ryan was a Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada, giving him a unique insight into the judicial decision making process. Ryan has appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and ad hoc commercial arbitration panels.
Outside the Office
He is also a Term Lecturer teaching law to engineering students at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering.
Kowalchuk v Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., 2018 ABQB 421
KBR Industrial Canada Co v Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Canada LP, 2018 ABQB 257
Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company v Aspen Insurance UK Limited, 2018 ABQB 207
The Alberta Law Review, William Morrow Essay Contest, 2nd Prize
Alberta Crown Attorneys Association Prize in Criminal Procedure
The Carswell Prize in Law
George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law for graduating with 2nd highest standing
University of Alberta Faculty of Law
Jason Lang Scholarship
Alberta Law Foundation Scholarship
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship
Blake, Cassels & Graydon Scholarship
Chief Justice S. Bruce Smith Prize for the highest standing in 1st year law
Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
Canadian Geotechnical Society Undergraduate Student Report Award, 2nd Prize
Canadian Geotechnical Society Graduate Student Presentation Award, 2nd Prize
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Canadian Graduate Scholarship
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada PGS-A Scholarship
The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering- Edmonton and Northern Alberta Section-R.L. Gerard Student Paper Competition- 1st Prize
Pro Bono Law Alberta
Small Claims Duty Counsel
2012 - Present
News + Views + Events
Contentious Construction Contract Clauses: Traps and Pitfalls to be Aware Of
BUILDEX Edmonton Conference
Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law
Canadian Institute: Managing Risk in Construction Contracts & Projects Conference
Contractor Know Thyself: If You Don’t, You May Lose Your Lien
Field Law Blog
Fatal Errors: The Small Mistakes That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Lien Claim
Field Law Blog
Termination Problems: When Can You Walk Away From a Contract?
Field Law Blog
Through the Scratched Looking Glass: Sattva, Ledcor, Teal and Developments in the Law of Contract
Carswell Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2017
Ledcor: Taming Sattva’s Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts
The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision of Sattva v. Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53 opened the barn door and let loose a wild horse in terms of the scope and the availability of the use of the surrou...
Thou Shalt Not Deceive: The New Commandment for Canadian Business
In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered two decisions relating to the law of contract. Parties doing business in Canada should be aware of these decisions because they have significantly changed how contracts are to be perform...
Recent Developments in the Canadian Law of Contract
The Use of Internal Experts in Canadian Litigation
Understanding Intent: The Enhanced Role Placed on the Surrounding Circumstances by the Supreme Court of Canada
Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations When Confronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada
Buried High-density Polyethylene Pipe Deflections at Elevated Temperatures
Not In Kansas Any More : Enforcing American Letters of Request in Canada
Indemnity & Insurance Clauses in Litigation
What to Do When a Major Fire Loss Occurs
Up in Flames...How to Prevent Spoliation in a Fire Loss
The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Conflict of Laws Rules
Material Contribution is the Unicorn of Canadian Tort Law
The Disclosure of Confidential Third-Party Information
Van Breda: The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Canadian Conflict of Laws Rules
Antioxidant depletion in high-density polyethylene pipes exposed to synthetic leachate and air
Measured deformations and calculated stresses of high-density polyethylene pipes under very deep burial
Investigation of Physical, Temperature and Chemical Effects on the Short Term and Long Term Performance of High Density Polyethylene Pipe
Response of a Landfill Drainage Pipe Buried in a Trench
Laboratory Tests on an HDPE Pipe Under Enormous Overburden Pressure
Large Scale Laboratory Test of Leachate Collection Pipe in a Trench
Stress Concentrations Around Circular Holes in Perforated Drainage Pipes
Effect of Backfill Configuration on the Structural Response of Leachate Collection Pipes
Canadian Bar Association
2010 - Present
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North)
2011 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (North)
Defence Research Institute
2012 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
2010 - Present
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