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.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Construction:

  • Co-lead counsel in a C$40-million construction and builder’s lien dispute related to pipeline infrastructure

  • 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

Commercial:

  • 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

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 and 2019 (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")

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Securities Litigation, May 17, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, February 27, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, April 18, 2017.
Author: The Walking Dead: Recent Treatment of Rule 4.33 and Rule 4,31 of the Rules of Court, Alta Reg 124/2010
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Rules of Court Course Materials, 2017.
Author: Fast-Tracked Ad Hoc Construction Arbitration
ADR Perspectives, Vol. 4, No. 1, ADR Institute of Canada, February 2017.
Co-contributor: Chapter 8 - Accepting Instructions
Canadian Legal Practice - A Guide for the 21st Century, LexisNexis Canada Inc., Loose-Leaf Revision 46, 2016 (publication originally published in 2009).
Blakes Bulletin on Construction Dispute Resolution and Litigation & Dispute Resolution, July 22, 2016.
Editor and Contributor: Proportionality in the Rules of Court and Civil Litigation
2016 Alberta Law Conference Materials, Canadian Bar Association, January 28-29, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, January 7, 2016.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Panellist: The Resilient Litigator
Advocate’s Society, Calgary, Alberta, October 17, 2018.
Instructor: Oral Advocacy/Motions Practise
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, October 15, 2018.
Co-chair and Co-presenter: Business Disputes Seminar
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, October 4, 2018.
Chair: When the ASC Calls: Tips for Handling Commission Investigations and Allegations
Civil Litigation/Securities/Business Law Subsection Meeting, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, June 26, 2018.
Co-presenter: eDiscovery Issues in Construction Law
Construction Law Subsection Meeting, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, June 18, 2018.
Guest Instructor: 36th Annual Intensive Advocacy Course
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, June 11-12, 2018.
Speaker: Portfolio Management and Compliance - Effective Client Management
Blakes Client Training Presentation, Toronto, Ontario, June 7, 2018.
Co-presenter: Managing Enterprise Risk - Spotlight on Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, May 23, 2018.
Co-presenter: Roundtable Discussion: Client Management and Marketing
Civil Litigation Subsection Meeting, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, May 22, 2018.
Chair: Business Disputes Seminar
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Lake Louise, Alberta, May 5, 2018.
Presenter: Leading Your Case: Opening Statements and Examination-in-Chief
The Advocate’s Society, Calgary, Alberta, October 25, 2017.
Speaker: Portfolio Management and Compliance: Effective Client Management
Blakes Client Training Presentation, Calgary, Alberta, September 20, 2017.
Guest Instructor: 35th Annual Intensive Advocacy Course
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, June 12 - 16, 2017.
Speaker: Strength in Securities Litigation: Managing Compliance Risk
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, May 24, 2017.
Speaker: The Walking Dead: Recent Treatment of Rule 4.33 and Rule 4,31 of the Rules of Court, Alta Reg 124/2010
Rules of Court 2017, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, April 20, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta April 6, 2017.
Speaker: Two Recent Decisions Regarding Statutory Plans of Arrangement
Navigating Securities Litigation Risk: A View of Recent Developments, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 8, 2017.
Co-speaker: Effectively Navigating and Managing the Change Order Process
Construction Dispute Resolution Series, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, December 1, 2016.
Guest Instructor: 34th Annual Intensive Advocacy Course
Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, June 13 - 18, 2016.
Co-speaker: Recent Developments and Court Decisions in Construction Law
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar, Calgary, Alberta, June 6, 2016.
Presenter: Class Actions 101 - Navigating through a class proceeding in Alberta South Litigation Subsection
Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, April 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.
Editor and Contributor: Civil Litigation Breakfast Roundtable: Proportionality in the Rules of Court and Civil Litigation
2016 CBA Alberta Law Conference, January 28-29, 2016.
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