Darren J. Reed

Darren J. Reed

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Principal Practice Areas

  • Corporate / Commercial disputes/litigation
  • Energy Litigation, including:
    • Contractual disputes
    • Joint venture disputes
    • Accounting disputes
    • Royalty disputes
    • Operator disputes
    • Fiduciary duties
    • Rights of first refusal
    • Contaminated Sites
  • Shareholder disputes/litigation
  • Securities litigation
  • Class Actions, with a focus on Securities related disputes/litigation
  • Professional Liability disputes/litigation
  • Product Liability/Construction related disputes/litigation
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate/Real Property disputes, including commercial lease rental arbitrations


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 disputes.

Darren's interests and practice cover many areas of corporate and commercial and real property litigation and dispute resolution, including mediations and arbitrations. Darren has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta and the British Columbia Supreme Court; he has also appeared as counsel in regulatory hearings in Alberta before the former Energy and Utilities Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta Securities Commission, and in complex mediated and arbitrated commercial disputes. Darren has also prepared an Application for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada which included a motion to adduce further evidence in that Court.

Representative Work

  • He was counsel to a development company in a 2015 application to remove caveats filed on properties in Beltline and Downtown Calgary with an estimated development value of approximately $70 million which was successful;
  • He is co-lead counsel on a securities class action, recently Certified by consent of the Defendants (including claims of oppression), seeking compensation for the shareholders of several TSX-V listed oil and gas companies;
  • He recently successfully resolved, as lead defence counsel to a major multinational manufacturing firm, a large complex commercial dispute; the claimed value was approximately $25 million;
  • He is co-counsel on a multi-million dollar Right of First Refusal claim against other international oil and gas companies over valuable oil and gas rights in Saskatchewan;
  • He is lead counsel on several matters for the Alberta subsidiaries of a major Chinese real estate development company;
  • He is lead counsel to several start up, mid and top-tier oil and gas companies in Alberta and Newfoundland, acting in matters ranging from accounting disputes to copyright and intellectual property disputes;
  • He is litigation/dispute resolution counsel to a major retail electronics company based out of western Canada, and also acts for a related company for commercial landlord-tenant matters for their Alberta commercial properties;
  • He was one of a team of counsel at the firm in a $1 Billion environmental arbitration, and was personally responsible for the management and bringing forward of approximately $130 million of environmental claims;
  • He was co-counsel with one of the other partners at the firm related to a cross jurisdictional evidentiary dispute for a major oil and gas company related to a multi-billion dollar US class action;
  • He was associate counsel in a multi-jurisdictional securities class action reported by the National Post to have been the largest dollar value settlement of a securities class action in Canada in 2009.


Darren obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) from the University of Regina, majoring in Anthropology. As part of his undergraduate studies, Darren undertook a one semester exchange at York St. John College in York, England. After completing his undergraduate degree in 1996, Darren held a number of different employment positions in his quest to save money to travel in the U.K. and Europe, working, among other things, as a bingo caller, bartender, private investigator, process server and bailiff. Darren later returned to the United Kingdom to work as a trainee manager/duty manager for a pub company, obtaining his National Licensee's Certificate in 2000. He returned to Canada in late 2000 and began law school in 2001 and worked as a summer law student each year during his studies.

Legal Education and Work History

Darren obtained his Bachelor of Laws with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. Among the numerous scholarships and awards he received, he was awarded The Law Society of Saskatchewan gold medal for achieving top academic standing in his year. He was elected valedictorian for his graduating class. While at the University of Saskatchewan, Darren was elected the second year faculty council representative and the Canadian Bar Association representative. He also volunteered with Campus Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada.

Darren articled with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina, which included two one month secondments, one with a private Regina firm and the other with Regina City Legal Aid. He moved to Calgary in 2005 and began working as an Associate with a large national firm for whom he had worked as a summer student in 2003. Darren was called to the Saskatchewan and Alberta Bars in May and July 2005, respectively. Darren joined JSS Barristers in September, 2006 and was welcomed to the Partnership of JSS Barristers in January of 2012.

In July of 2005, Darren successfully completed the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop in Toronto.

Professional Accolades

Darren is recommended by Benchmark Canada in the 2015 Edition of Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, as a “Local Litigation Star” for commercial litigation in the areas of Energy and Securities; in 2013 and 2014, he was named as a "Future Star" by that publication.

Darren was a finalist in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Lexpert® Competitions, "Rising Stars - Leading Lawyers Under 40" (then turned 40), and as a result has been listed as one of the "Litigators to Watch" in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Lexpert® Guides to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Litigation Guide).

Professional Volunteering and Educational Work

Since 2007, Darren has been a regular volunteer instructor, facilitator and competency evaluator with the Legal Education Society of Alberta's "CPLED" Bar Admission Course. He also presents at LESA’s seminars, and in 2014 was a guest instructor for the 32nd Annual Intensive Advocacy Course. In July 2014 Darren was honoured to be recognized by LESA in it’s January - June 2014 Newsletter as the Feature Volunteer.

Darren donates time to the University of Calgary, College of Law by volunteering to judge various moots, including the McGillivray Moot.

In 2011 and 2012, Darren was a guest instructor for the University of Calgary Law 611: Dispute Resolution III: Adjudication Course. From 2013-2015, he has been a team leader of that course.

Darren is a sessional lecturer at the University of Calgary Law School, teaching Law 505 - Civil Procedure, to second year students. He has taught this course each year since 2012, and will be teaching again in 2015.

Darren has, for the last six years, volunteered as a Judge in the Law Day High School Mock Trial competitions.

Darren is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and sits on the executive for the South Alberta Civil Litigation subsection of that Association, a position he has held for 5 years.

More about Darren

In his spare time, Darren enjoys time with his family (and dog), biking, hiking, occasional downhill skiing, wilderness canoe tripping, SCUBA diving, classic cars (especially Mustangs), travel and cooking.

Darren has hiked to Mt. Everest base camp in Nepal on an unguided trip with friends, has completed a fiction novel (as yet unpublished), and is an unqualified, but avid, aficionado of beer. He is one of the founders of, and sings (occasionally playing guitar badly) with the all lawyer rock band, the Advo-Cats.

Please contact Darren J. Reed at reedd [at] jssbarristers [dot] ca if you are interested in receiving a copy of any of the following:
  • Presenter and co-author, case comment – Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, CBA South Litigation Subsection, April 28, 2015
  • Presenter and co-author, case comment – Canadian Natural Resources Limited v ShawCor Ltd, 2014 ABCA 289, CBA South Litigation Subsection, January 27, 2015
  • Chair and Organizer, LESA Seminar, "Civil Litigation Procedure for Legal Support Staff", February 19/26, 2014, Edmonton and Calgary
  • Presenter and editor, case comment - Nixon v. Timms, 2012 ABQB 65, CBA South Litigation Subsection, May 14, 2013
  • Presenter, case comment - Hogarth v Rocky Mountain Slate Inc., 2013 ABCA 57, CBA South Litigation Subsection, March 26, 2013
  • Editor, case comment - Clements v Clements, 2012 SCC 32, CBA South Litigation Subsection, February 26, 2013
  • Presenter, LESA Seminar, Rules of Court Interpreted, November 7, 2012 "Getting the Party Started - Recent Treatment of Part 3 (Court Actions) of the Rules of Court"
  • Presenter, case comment - Botan v. St. Amand, CBA South Litigation Subsection, October 23, 2012
  • LESA Seminar, Rules of Court Interpreted, Fall 2012, Co-Author with Book, D. - "Getting the Party Started - Recent Treatment of Part 3 (Court Actions) of the Rules of Court"
  • Presenter, case comment - Nikel Investments Ltd. v. Gallaher, CBA South Litigation Subsection, September 25, 2012
  • Presenter, case comment - Club Resorts Ltd. v. Van Breda, CBA South Litigation Subsection, April 24, 2012 (Co-Authored with Stacy Petriuk)
  • Presenter, case comment - Jones v. Tsige, CBA South Litigation Subsection, February 28, 2012
  • "Energy in Canada - Litigation in an Emerging Energy Superpower" in Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC: London, 2012), Co-Authored with Carsten Jensen QC, FCIArb
  • LORMAN Bankruptcy Law Seminar, 2007, 2009 – Co-Author with Solomon, G. – Fraudulent Conveyances and Preferences
  • LORMAN Collections Law Seminar, 2007 – Author/Presenter – Fraudulent Conveyances and Preferences
  • ACTLA Seminar, 2007 – Co-Author with Petriuk, S. – "Recent Issues in Loss of Housekeeping and Loss of Earning Capacity Claims"
  • Case Comment: William M. Rae v. Wascana Energy Inc. (2003), 13 E.L.L.R. 60 (Co-Authored with Patricia Fraser)
  • "The Perpetual Problem of Perpetuities in Saskatchewan: Scurry Rainbow Oil (Sask.) Ltd. v. Taylor: A Strong Signal to the Legislature from the Court of Appeal" (2003), 66 Sask. Law Rev. 511
  • Book Note: Review of Indigenous Difference and the Constitution of Canada by Partick Macklem, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2001, in (2003), 66 Sask. Law Rev. 673.
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