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

Matt was born and raised in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1991 and the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 1995. He commenced his articles with one of Edmonton's oldest and most respected firms and then accepted a position in Calgary with a large multi-national firm where he continued to practice exclusively in the area of civil litigation.

Matt spent several years with the Alberta Securities Commission where he prosecuted offences under Alberta's Securities Act ranging from market manipulation to insider trading and fraud. He continues to represent individuals and corporations charged with offences, and also represents investment advisors and mortgage brokers in proceedings before the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA).

With experience in all areas of civil litigation, Matt is regularly called on to act as lead counsel on complex securities litigation, shareholder disputes and to defend class proceedings.

Matt has recently been involved in large and complex arbitral proceedings and hearings in the electricity industry relating to Power Purchase Arrangements.

Matt has received regular recognition in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory peer review rating as a Leading Practitioner in Securities Litigation and has also been recognized by Benchmark Litigation for several years.

Matt has presented at various seminars relating to jury trials, freedom of information, and the litigation process. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Engineering where he instructed graduate students on issues relating to litigation and professional negligence. For several years he instructed young lawyers at the Bar Admission course on the issues of practice management and professional ethics.

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
  • 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

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

Matt 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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