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Roy Cotton O'Brien

Associate Fasken
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2022 | New York, 2022 | Oregon, 2021 | Alberta, 2018 | Ontario, 2018
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver


Roy specializes in complex commercial disputes, including arbitrations, appeals, and insolvency matters.

He has appeared in the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, and has experience  in United States Federal Courts in Texas, New York, Delaware, and California. Prior to joining the firm, Roy practiced at a leading international law firm in New York City and clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Career & Education


  • Master of Laws University of Cambridge
  • JD University of Toronto
  • BA (Honours), Political Science & Philosophy McGill University


Article, Author “A Case for Uniformly Abolishing the Rule Against Perpetuities in Canadian Trust Law” (2017), 36 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 230
Article, Author “A Trustee’s Fiduciary Duty to Disclose the Existence of a Trust” (2018), 37 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 251
Article, Author “Narrowing the Doctrine of Rectification in Canadian Law” (2018), 61 Canadian Business Law Journal 248


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