Richard Bell
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9656

Rich is a litigator specializing in corporate and commercial cases across several industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and intellectual property. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Tax Court of Canada.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent litigation experience includes:

  • Defence of a claim for unpaid invoices and additional costs incurred by the general contractor, along with the prosecution of counterclaims, with respect to the construction of an in-situ oilsands facility for a major oilsands producer, leading to a successful settlement of all claims
  • Successful prosecution of performance bond and labour and material payment bond claims regarding the failure of owners or general contractors to satisfy invoices issued by material suppliers on various Alberta construction projects
  • Defence of multiple claims regarding the demolition of ammonia and methanol manufacturing plants in Kitimat, B.C. and their shipment for reassembly in China, leading to a successful resolution of all claims
  • Ongoing defence of cross-jurisdictional claims involving China, Singapore and Canada involving allegations of passing off and copying of industrial design
  • Successfully defending a claim over ownership and alleged unitization of a natural gas well at trial and appeal for Dominion Exploration Canada Ltd.
  • Ongoing representation of a major oil and gas producer in a commercial arbitration regarding the allocation of capacities at a jointly owned processing facility
  • Ongoing defence and prosecution of multiple claims regarding alleged cost overruns and billing disputes with respect to the construction of an oilsands water treatment facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Successfully defending numerous claims regarding crop loss and damage against the manufacturer of various herbicides, pesticides and fungicides
  • Successfully defending claims against U.S. manufacturers of recreational vehicles regarding alleged defects in design
  • Ongoing and prior defence of numerous negligence claims against a U.S. manufacturer and vendor of heavy equipment
  • Successful prosecution of an injunction to restrain the defendants from utilizing the trade secrets and confidential information of a manufacturer of specialized electromagnetic, downhole measurement-while-drilling technology
  • Served as expert witness on civil procedure and the law of Alberta for litigation proceedings in the Falkland Islands regarding the ownership of seismic data
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation - 2011-2018; Product Liability - 2013-2018)
  • Lexology and International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2014 - International (Winner for Litigation - Canada)
  • Lexology and International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2013 - USA & Canada (Winner for Litigation - Alberta)
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, March 13, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, April 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: Insolvency on the Construction Project
Construction Dispute Resolution Series, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, May 25, 2017.
Co-speaker: Effectively Navigating and Managing the Change Order Process
Construction Dispute Resolution Series, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, December 1, 2016.
Speaker: Recent Developments and Court Decisions in Construction Law
Blakes Business Class, Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar Series, Calgary, Alberta, June 7, 2016.
Co-speaker: Re-Examining the Arbitration of Construction Disputes: Still the Best Choice for the Project?
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar Series, Calgary, Alberta, March 8, 2016.
Moderator: Industry Perspectives and Prospects in the Economic Downturn
Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar Series, Calgary, Alberta, November 25, 2015.
Speaker: Warranties
Northwest Territories Department of Public Works and Services Project Management Conference, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, November 23, 2015.
Speaker: Tendering Risks
Northwest Territories Department of Public Works and Services Project Management Conference, Yellowknife, November 23, 2015.
Speaker: Dealing With Builders' Liens
Federated Press 13th Construction Financing conference, Calgary, Alberta, June 11, 2015.
Speaker: Issues and Strategies in Dealing with Project Termination or Suspension
Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, February 5, 2015.
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