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Blair C. Yorke-Slader Q.C.

Vice-Chairman and Partner

Leading Corporate, Commercial and Energy Litigation Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

T: 403.298.3291

Vice-chairman of the firm, Blair Yorke-Slader is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the only Alberta Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a leading practitioner in high-stakes corporate and commercial litigation with an active trial and appellate business and energy litigation practice, including contract, shareholder, partnership, securities, and trust disputes. He appears as well before the Alberta Securities Commission and other administrative tribunals, and has broad arbitration experience as counsel and as an arbitrator.

Blair is consistently recommended in Best Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Lexpert Guides to Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers and Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, The Legal 500 and Leaders League. He was awarded the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

Select Experience

  • A leading chemical and technology company, in a US$900 million claim against the operator of a jointly owned ethylene manufacturing facility. 2015 ABQB 401, 2015 ABQB 81 and 2014 ABCA 244, affirming 2014 ABQB 38
  • A leading cement manufacturer, in successful multi-million dollar arbitration and appellate proceedings to enforce long-term contractual supply and restrictive covenant rights. 2013 ABQB 413
  • Various shareholder and debentureholder groups, in oppression proceedings in the financial advisory services, technology and real estate development industries. 2016 ABQB 529, 2010 ABQB 6472009 ABQB 77

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Ranked, Dispute Resolution: Alberta
    "smart, competent trial lawyer", "one of the top guys in town", "he is phenomenal in his skills in front of the judge"
  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    Ranked, Band 1, Dispute Resolution - Alberta
  • 2017,Chambers Global

    Ranked, Dispute Resolution: Canada

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