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April D. Grosse

Partner

Commercial and Estates Litigation Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.4442

April Grosse practises in three main areas: commercial litigation and arbitration, estates litigation and policing law.

In her commercial practice, April advises clients on a broad range of disputes, both potential and actual, that arise in the course of doing business. She has particular experience in disputes relating to energy and natural resources and contractual disputes in all contexts, including JV agreements, purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, royalties, leases and others. Recent mandates include acting as trial counsel in a $900-million joint venture dispute and as appellate counsel in a $30-million dispute over mineral leases and GORs (Gross Overriding Royalties).

April's work in estates and related litigation includes advising on disputes over matters such as interpretation of wills, allegations of undue influence or lack of capacity, family maintenance and support under the Wills and Succession Act, Personal Representative obligations, obligations of trustees and obligations of attorneys under powers of attorney.

April regularly acts as counsel to the Chief of Police and other service members in disciplinary proceedings, Law Enforcement Review Board matters and fatality inquiries.

In each aspect of her practice, April works with clients to strategically mitigate dispute risk in advance and then to find a "win" through resolution, litigation or arbitration.

Prior to joining Bennett Jones, April served as law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Sopinka and the Honourable Mr. Justice Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is an instructor in civil procedure for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED), a regular judge at the national Laskin Moot competition, and the Regional Session Co-ordinator for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. April serves on the roster of the Alberta Volunteer Lawyer Service.

April is a member of the firm's board of directors and serves on the Executive of the Calgary Bar Association. She was previously President of the Scarboro Community Association and has been a member of a number of other legal and community organizations, including the Calgary Steering Committee for French for the Future, the South Alberta Women's Hockey Association and the Association of Women Lawyers.

Select Experience

  • Trial counsel in a $900 million dispute relating to a joint venture ethylene plant.
  • Trial and appellate counsel in a $30 million dispute over mineral leases and GORs (Gross Overriding Royalties).
  • Counsel in disputes over alleged beneficial interests in potash and other minerals after a series of complex purchase and sale transactions. Resolved after discovery.

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Legal Media Group Benchmark Litigation: Canada

    Recognized as a litigation star in the areas of energy and natural resources and general commercial
  • 2017, Legal Media Group Benchmark: Top 25 Women in Litigation

    Recognized as one of the leading Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada)
  • 2016, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Repeatedly recommended, Litigation - Corporate Commercial

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