Called to Bar: 1993
Bryan obtained his business degree from the University of Regina along with the University Prize for the highest average marks in the faculty. In 1992, he then obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. At that point, Bryan began his legal career by articling in Calgary with a major international law firm, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. After 5.5 years as an associate, he continued resolving disputes for a further 10 years as a Blakes partner. Bryan then joined the partnership of Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP as of January 1, 2009, was the Managing Partner in 2013 and 2014, and is now the Firm Chairman.
In early 2014, Bryan was appointed a Queen’s Counsel, a Fellow of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Litigation Star by Benchmark.
Bryan’s practice focuses exclusively on advocacy and the resolution of corporate and commercial disputes. As lead or sole counsel, he has represented international and domestic corporations (commonly the largest and leading in their industries), but also privately-held start-ups and individuals.
Bryan has extensive experience as an advocate and advisor, including as a trial lawyer and appellate counsel on high stakes and high-profile matters before all levels of the courts of Alberta, the Alberta Utilities Commission, arbitral tribunals, and applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
In addition to substantial experience in the arbitral context (as counsel and as arbitrator) and in the power regulatory area, Bryan litigates as lead counsel on disputes involving construction projects such as pipeline, oil sands and facility construction disputes over tens of millions of dollars of complex claims about delay, cost overruns, lost profits, project cancellation, liens and other issues.
Bryan’s practice includes a focus on the resolution of international disputes and related issues of jurisdiction and proper forum, parallel proceedings, complex comparative law questions, the recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards and foreign court judgments, and making or defending against applications for letters rogatory.
In the oil and gas context, Bryan has been counsel on disputes including long term natural gas agreements, technical issues regarding the transportation and blending of heavy oil, gas processing fees, operatorship issues and challenges, royalty agreements, the misuse of confidential information, CO & O and JV agreements, ROFRs, drainage disputes, joint interest billings, and seismic data.
Bryan publishes and presents frequently on international, power regulatory, arbitral, construction, and oil and gas topics, and he has often appeared in the media through comments on judicial developments and decisions.
Last updated: March 28, 2018