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Darren Reed Calgary Lawyer

Darren J. Reed

Partner Fasken
My goal is to be the trusted advisor, problem solver, and strategist to my clients.
Jurisdiction Alberta, 2005 | Saskatchewan, 2005
Language(s) English
Office(s) Calgary

"Darren is a terrific litigator. In addition to his excellent legal knowledge, he is sensitive to business needs...Darren 'gets it' " Benchmark Canada.

Darren has a wealth of experience in construction, product liability, class actions, cybersecurity, and securities litigation and dispute resolution. His practise also has a strong general commercial aspect. In addition to regularly appearing before the courts, Darren also appears as counsel before the Alberta Securities Commission. Arbitration and mediations are also focal points of his disputes practice.

Darren is recognized by his clients and peers through Chambers, Lexpert, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers and the Legal 500. He is also Vice-Chair of the Advocate’s Society Construction Law Practice Group for 2021-2022.

Darren is the Co-Author (along with Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Glen Poelman) of the Lexis Nexis textbook, Civil Procedure and Practice in Alberta, 2020 and 2021 Editions, a legal text that annotates Alberta’s Rules of Court and provides practice information.

Client Experience


Darren regularly represents owners, prime contractors and subcontractors construction disputes of all kinds, with a strong emphasis on large-scale complex projects.

Part of a team of counsel in a C $1 billion dispute related to the construction of an oilsands facility, responsible for approximately $200 million worth of cross claims

Lead counsel to an engineering firm in two actions related to oilsands facility construction, with total claimed amounts being C$70 million

Builder’s Lien counsel to a major oil and gas producer in a variety of lien and construction related matters

Lead counsel to a subcontractor on a C$20 million dispute related to major road construction in Calgary, Alberta

Lead counsel to the owner in a C$15 million dispute related to the alleged negligent construction of a potable water system

Lead counsel to an industrial coatings manufacturer related to an alleged materials failure in a pipeline project

Lead advising counsel to a partnership on procurement matters for a major Canadian pipeline construction project

Co-lead counsel in a C$40 million construction and builder’s lien dispute related to pipeline infrastructure

Co-lead counsel in an approximate C$500 million construction dispute related to a pipeline failure in Alberta

Lead counsel to a major Canadian construction company in an arbitrated purchase and sale dispute, which was successfully resolved

Co-lead counsel in a C$250 million construction dispute related to an oilsands project, which was successfully resolved

Co-lead counsel to a leading global EPC firm in several construction matters, total claimed amounts near C$100 million, one of which resulted in over three weeks of hearings and an award in favour of the client

Co-counsel to a materials supplier in a multi-party construction arbitration in which to the total claimed amounts are in excess of C$200 million, which resulted in over six weeks of hearings

Once of a team of counsel in a C$1 billion construction dispute relating to oilsands infrastructure

One of a team of counsel in a C$1 billion environmental arbitration and was personally responsible for management and bringing forward of approximately C$130 million of environmental claims

Lead counsel to an international supplier of propane relating to a corporate boarder sale dispute

Class Actions

Darren acts as lead counsel to defendants in class actions in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada.

• Lead defence counsel to a refiner/producer of fuel in a proposed class action in British Columbia

• Lead defence counsel to a renewable power company in a proposed class action in Alberta which was dismissed

• Lead counsel to a proposed class action for a mortgage investment company in Alberta

• Alberta defence counsel in several multi-jurisdictional pharmaceutical and medical device class actions

• Co-lead counsel on a securities class action, certified by consent (including claims of oppression), which settled and was approved by the court


Lead counsel to a pipeline company on a variety of commercial matters

Lead counsel to a fuel refiner/supply company on a variety of commercial matters

Lead counsel to a medical device manufacturer in a C$12 million product liability dispute

Acted for a global lighting manufacturer related to an alleged bulb failure and related fire

Acted for several cannabis companies on commercial leasing disputes

Acted as lead Appellate counsel defending a leave to appeal application for a wind farm project, for which leave was successfully denied

Lead counsel in an arbitrated dispute amongst a power producer and major oil and gas producers which was decided in the clients' favour

Lead defence counsel to a major multinational manufacturing firm, a complex commercial dispute valued at approximately C$25 million that was successfully resolved prior to trial

Lead defence counsel to an international electronics manufacturer in several products liability disputes


Darren regularly acts as breach and litigation counsel to insurers and corporations in relation to complex cyber breach matters. Some representative matters are:

Counsel to corporations affected by the 2021 Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerability breaches

Counsel to corporations experiencing active ransomware events

Counsel to a corporation which was the subject of a multilayered social engineering fraud/spear phishing breach

Counsel to a corporation which was the subject of an employee theft related data breach

Counsel to a corporation which was the subject of a complex email spear phishing breach

Counsel to a corporation which was affected by wire transfer fraud/system infiltration

Co-counsel in a cross-jurisdictional evidentiary dispute for a global oil and gas company related to a multi-billion dollar US class action


Darren represents corporations and individuals in securities/corporate disputes, including matters before the courts and the Alberta Securities Commission.

Part of a team of counsel and lead Alberta counsel to the applicant in an Alberta and Ontario Securities Commission proceeding seeking the Commissions to engage their public interest jurisdiction in relation to the assessment of a C$750 million transaction relating to power infrastructure

Counsel to a respondent in an Alberta Securities Commission proceeding investigating allegations of insider trading and market manipulation spanning several provinces

Lead counsel to certain defendants in a proposed C$60 million class proceeding related to a number of mortgage investment corporations, with an attendant derivative claim

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  • LL.B. with Great Distinction University of Saskatchewan
  • BA (with Distinction), Advanced University of Regina
Co-Presenter Cybersecurity During (and after) the COVID-19 Pandemic Canadian Bar Association - Alberta Branch location location Calgary, AB
Navigating Construction Delay & Impact Claims in a Pandemic location location Calgary, AB
Panelist Material Adverse Change Clauses and the Impact of COVID-19 Canadian Bar Association - Business Law South (Alberta) Section location location Calgary, AB


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