Matthew J. Epp

Matthew J. Epp

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Principal Practice Areas

  • Securities litigation (representing individuals and corporations in regulatory and criminal proceedings involving breaches of Alberta's Securities Act)
  • Professional negligence (representing investment advisors in disciplinary proceedings)
  • Corporate litigation (representing shareholders and directors)
  • Commercial litigation

Matthew was born and raised in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in political science and then obtained his law degree from the University of Alberta. He has been practicing civil litigation for 20 years, including several years spent as a prosecutor at the Alberta Securities Commission. He is a partner at JSS Barristers.

Matthew regularly defends professionals in the legal, investment and real estate industries, both in civil proceedings and in front of industry tribunals, including the Law Society of Alberta, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA), Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Alberta Securities Commission and the Real Estate Council of Alberta.

With experience in many areas of litigation, Matthew is regularly called on by large corporations to act as lead counsel on complex securities litigation, shareholder’s disputes and general commercial disputes.

Matthew has recently been involved in significant arbitral proceedings, including disputes in the electricity industry relating to Power Purchase Arrangements, real estate development and general corporate/commercial matters.

Defending class action proceedings has become a part of Matthew’s practice where he has been called on to defend real estate developers and investment professionals in large, complex class actions.

Matthew has received regular recognition from his peers as a Leading Practitioner in Securities Litigation and has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star for his general litigation skills.

Representative Work:

  • Litigated one of the largest market manipulation matters in Canada
  • Obtained an acquittal of a Calgary businessman charged with insider trading
  • Counsel on several arbitral matters involving Power Purchase Arrangements where tens of millions of dollars were at issue
  • Counsel on a successful arbitration involving rights under a Land Purchase Agreement worth in excess of 25 million dollars.
  • Retained to advise in-house counsel with respect to insider trading allegations
  • Successful defence of class action proceedings claiming in excess of 50 million dollars
  • Regularly provides advice to IIROC member firms and Exempt Market Dealers on issues of compliance and defence of regulatory investigations

Matthew is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Calgary Bar Association.

Matthew is married and has one child. He is an avid golfer and also enjoys squash, hockey and skiing in his spare time.

Please contact Matthew J. Epp at eppm [at] jssbarristers [dot] ca if you are interested in receiving a copy of any of the following:
  • Phone: 403-571-1520
  • Fax: 403-571-1528
  • inquiries [at] jssbarristers [dot] ca
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