Brian has extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution. His practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including securities litigation, shareholder disputes, class actions, the defence of claims against investment advisers, employment disputes, and product liability claims. Brian has represented individuals and corporations in arbitrations, and in court supervised and private mediations. He has received training in mediation of disputes.
Brian has represented clients in the courts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Courts of Appeal in Quebec and Alberta, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has appeared before administrative boards.
Before joining Rose LLP as a founding partner, Brian was the Department Manager of the Commercial | Financial Services Litigation department of the Calgary office of a national law firm. He is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta South Civil Litigation subsection, and is a past director of the Edmonton Bar Association. He is a past member of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Conduct Committee of the Law Society of Alberta and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association National Task Force that is undertaking a review of jurisdictional and procedural issues of national class actions. He received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2010.
Brian has extensive experience in all aspects of securities litigation. He has defended underwriters and public companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions. He has represented brokerage firms and their advisors in investigations by the Alberta Securities Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission, IIROC, MFDA and FINRA. He chairs disciplinary hearings for IIROC. He has represented a public company in the defence of a Shareholders Rights Plan during a hostile takeover bid. He has acted for companies seeking Court approval of Plans of Arrangement. He acts for directors and officers in relation to allegations concerning backdating of option grants. He represented the Attorney General of Alberta in the Quebec and Alberta Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in opposition to the proposed creation of a federal national securities regulator.
University of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1981
University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business, 1977
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