JSS Barristers

Alberta

Review

Dispute resolution

Calgary boutique JSS Barristers continues to enjoy a maverick model that allows it the flexibility to take on class-action work in both the plaintiff and defense capacities and a broad range of commercial, bankruptcy and professional liability work, with a good deal of it falling outside of typical oil-and-gas industry matters that drive much of the work for local firms. “JSS is doing really well,” observes a peer. “They are our favorite conflict firm, and they have a forward-thinking vision that allows them to attract younger people.” Another peer quips, “I think they had a really good year because I’m seeing a lot of them. I’ve got them on several arbitrations right now – I’m almost feeling like I should just move into their offices! They are becoming more market dominant than in the past.” Clients are also appreciative; one testifies, “In my experience, JSS partners and associates I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with exhibit the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Their understanding of the substantive and procedural law is second-to-none and they are amongst the most courteous, professional and ethical lawyers I have worked with.”

Bryan Duguid and Andrew Wilson are counsel to the defendant, Apache Corporation and certain of its directors in a class-action lawsuit concerning the Restricted Share Units and other forms of deferred compensation that were afforded to employees of Apache Canada. The class action alleges that the defendants breached the terms of the omnibus compensation plan when the Apache Corporation sold the Apache Canada business to Paramount Resources in 2017. The suit claims that neither the defendant nor Paramount Resources have honored the Restricted Share Units and other forms of deferred compensation, which the plaintiffs believe should have been vested and paid out upon completion of the transaction. Duguid remains a favorite of the Calgary legal community. “I referred a construction file worth about $60-$70 million to Bryan,” confirms one peer. Glenn Solomon represents the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta in several ongoing matters. One example is a dispute with the University of Calgary on ongoing solicitor-client privilege issues. The matter was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada and remains ongoing. At the younger level, Oliver Ho and Kajal Ervin represent the plaintiffs in a proposed class action against Facebook seeking more than C$622 million in damages. The proposed class action arises from complaints made pursuant to PIPEDA to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by the plaintiffs and is in relation to the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data breach that occurred between the period of 2013 and 2018. Ho and Ervin, both of whom make the leap from future star to litigation star status in this edition, are making their respective marks with peers and clients. “Kajal is my primary contact and has provided me with excellent guidance and transparency about the entire class action process since inception,” declares one client. A peer confirms, “Oliver Ho is legal counsel on a large estate matter in which he acts for one of the other parties, and I act for the personal representatives. Oliver tenaciously and strategically advocates for his client.”