Darren J. Reed
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9640

Darren assists a wide variety of clients with respect to their advocacy needs, from large multinational corporations to individuals. He has a wealth of experience as lead and co-counsel in complex multi-party commercial disputes.

Darren's interests and practice focus on corporate and commercial, construction, securities and class action litigation and dispute resolution. In addition to regularly appearing before the courts, Darren has also appeared as counsel before the Alberta Securities Commission, and in complex mediated and arbitrated commercial disputes.



  • Co-lead counsel in an approximate C$500-million construction dispute related to a pipeline failure in Alberta

  • Lead counsel to a major Canadian construction company in an arbitrated purchase and sale dispute, which was successfully resolved

  • Co-lead counsel in a C$250-million construction dispute related to an oilsands project, which was successfully resolved

  • Co-lead counsel to a leading global EPC firm in several construction matters, total claimed amounts near C$100-million, one of which resulted in over three weeks of hearings and an award in favour of the client

  • Co-counsel to a materials supplier in a multi-party construction arbitration in which to the total claimed amounts are in excess of C$200-million, which resulted in over six weeks of hearings

  • One of a team of counsel in a C$1-billion environmental arbitration and was personally responsible for management and bringing forward of approximately C$130-million of environmental claims


  • Lead counsel in an arbitrated dispute amongst major oil and gas producers valued at approximately $15-million

  • Lead defence counsel to a major multinational manufacturing firm, a complex commercial dispute valued at approximately C$25-million that was successfully resolved prior to trial

  • Lead defence counsel to an international electronics manufacturer in several products liability disputes

Securities and Class Actions:

  • Lead counsel to certain defendants in a proposed C$60-million class proceeding related to a number of mortgage investment corporations

  • Co-lead counsel on a securities class action, certified by consent (including claims of oppression), seeking compensation for shareholders of several TSX Venture Exchange-listed oil and gas companies, which settled and was approved by the court

  • Co-counsel in a cross-jurisdictional evidentiary dispute for a global oil and gas company related to a multibillion-dollar U.S. class action


Darren has been recognized as a leading litigation lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Class Action Litigation and Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2013-2018 (Alberta Litigation Star and National Energy/Resources Litigation Star)

  • Lexpert magazine - 2011-2013 (Finalist in "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40")

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada - 2012-2014 ("Litigators to Watch")

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