This year’s research reveals 91 outstanding practitioners who display first-rate energy sector expertise to peers and clients alike. There are highly skilled in contentious, regulatory and transactional energy matters.
Most Highly Regarded
Bennett Jones stands out with an impressive 13 nominations this year.
The “brilliant” Patrick Maguire is a doyen of the energy space and comes highly commended for his in-depth knowledge of commercial transactions in the energy sector,
Donald Greenfield QC possesses more than 36 years of experience in oil sands development, facilities construction and operational matters.
Vivek Warrier receives widespread praise for his work on complex energy-related infrastructure projects, including development, ownership and operation.
Jason Roth comes highly recommended for his infrastructure development expertise, especially regarding LNG, pipeline and natural gas processing projects.
Robert Booth QC is highlighted for his adept handling of energy-related purchases and strategic planning for high-profile oil and gas clients.
Brent Kraus earns plaudits for his exceptional practice which encompasses domestic and international transactions.
Seven of Burnet Duckworth & Palmer’s lawyers earn listings.
Sean Korney is “without a doubt one of the best in the field” and “particularly excellent on international projects”. He is highly sought-after by a broad range of clients including governments, service companies, manufacturers and oil companies.
Alicia Quesnel has an “encyclopaedic knowledge of upstream and midstream energy deals” and is “at the top of the bar for sure” thanks to her “strong work on acquisitions”.
John Cuthbertson QC is noted for his expertise in complex energy disputes and contract negotiations.
Grant Zawalsky is “tremendously well-respected” for his extensive experience negotiating securities and corporate transactions for high-profile clients in the energy sector.
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt sees nine individuals highlighted.
Janice Buckingham is distinguished by her profound ability to navigate clients through the commercial and strategic development of energy projects across Canada.
Shawn Denstedt QC earns acclamation for his strong regulatory know-how, particularly in offshore proceedings.
Simon Baines excels in complex energy matters including acquisitions, divestures and the development of large-scale energy projects.
Blake Cassels & Graydon achieves nine listings in this chapter.
Ben Rogers maintains a sterling reputation for his work on M&A transactions as well as on conventional and non-conventional oil and gas development.
Brock Gibson QC is hailed as a “terrific M&A lawyer” and a “leading light in the energy sector”.
Mungo Hardwicke-Brown is lauded as “vastly knowledgeable” thanks to his broad expertise spanning infrastructure project development and high-value joint ventures.
Torys achieves eight listings in this section.
Chris Christopher receives effusive praise for his stellar energy practice and notable background in the oil and gas industry.
Derek Flaman is an authority on private equity investment pertaining to energy projects in Canada and possesses broad expertise in upstream, midstream and downstream assets.
Lou Cusano is celebrated for his extensive experience in energy sector-related restructuring, as well as his excellent understanding of regulatory law.
Janan Paskaran is a “sensational energy lawyer” who “swiftly completes transactions and resolves complex issues with ease”.
Stephanie Stimpson is revered for her “unrivalled expertise in international transactions” and stands out as a go-to name for clients in the energy sector seeking corporate governance.
Stikeman Elliott also sees nine lawyers nominated this year.
Chrysten Perry QC has amassed three decades of experience in the energy sector, excelling at negotiating agreements, corporate governance, purchase and sale transactions and the full range of operational issues.
The “excellent” Craig Story adeptly advises a broad range of clients on their governance and transactional needs.
With more than 30 years of experience, Edith Gillespie is recognised for her commercial know-how and for her stellar track record in upstream and midstream oil and gas projects.
McCarthy Tétrault is a name-to-know in the field, with seven individuals recognised.
Robin Sirett is a well-established lawyer with wide-ranging expertise spanning pipeline, natural gas and electric utilities projects.
George Vegh is a distinguished figure who focuses on public utility matters and energy sector-related wholesale market regulation.
Norton Rose Fulbright is home to eight practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
Wayne Fedun is renowned for leading complex, high value oil and gas transactions, asset acquisitions and dispositions.
KayLynn Litton has established a broad portfolio of experience in the energy sector and is a go-to for the drafting and negotiation of operational agreements.
Miles Pittman at Borden Ladner Gervais earns plaudits for his significant expertise in upstream, midstream and oilfield-related transactions.
George Antonopoulos of Dentons excels at planning, drafting and negotiating complex energy deals.
Jay Todesco at Suncor Energy is renowned for his thorough understanding of international oil and gas issues.
Lawson Lundell’s Paul Negenman is touted for his first-class work drafting and negotiating oil and gas-related acquisitions and divestures.