Randall W. Block

QC

Partner

Calgary
RBlock@blg.com
Randall is recognized as one of the world’s leading lawyers in all forms of dispute resolution in the energy and oil & gas industries.

Randall has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Energy Resources Conservation Board and the National Energy Board. He has also sat as an arbitrator.

Randall has written and lectured on various issues in oil & gas law and realization on oil & gas-related security.

 

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005, and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2010.

Experience

Regulatory

  • AltaLink Management Ltd., a transmission facility owner, on all aspects of the approval of an HVDC transmission line, designated as Critical Transmission Infrastructure between Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, including the environmental impacts of the line, 2009-13.
  • AltaLink Management Ltd. on proceedings relating to the abandonment of the Generic Cost of Capital formula for Alberta-based regulated utilities, 2009.
  • Kinder Morgan Canada Company before the National Energy Board to successfully reinstate the Windsor-Sarnia portion of the Cochin Pipeline system, 2009-10.
Litigation

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Subsection, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2016) edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory)). 
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2018) editions of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Energy: Provincial Regulatory - Alberta and Litigation: General Commercial - Alberta).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory)).

  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2006) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Administrative and Public Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2018) edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2015) edition of the Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-border Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in the 2018 and 2019 edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Corporate Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy (Electricity), Energy (Oil & Gas), Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation - Securities).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Energy - Litigation Star).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2014) of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in (Litigation: Corporate Commercial).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2014) of Legal 500 Canada as a "Leading Lawyer” in (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).
  • Recognized as "Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year – Calgary" in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2018 edition (and since 2013) of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada (Energy and Natural Resources Local Litigation Star: Alberta).
  • Recognized in the 2018 to 2016 editions of Chambers CanadaCanada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta - Band 1).
  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
  • Recognized in the 2018 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Administrative and Public Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law).
  • Recognized as the 2017 “Calgary Oil & Gas Law Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized as a leading corporate lawyer in the 2016 Lexpert®/Report on Business Corporate Special Edition.
  • Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2016) editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Alberta" and a "Litigation Star: Energy and Natural Resources."
  • Recognized by the 2016 Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category in Alberta.
  • Recognized as the 2013 "Calgary Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2016 (and since 2013) edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Litigation - Securities; Litigation - Corporate Commercial).
  • Recognized in the 2015 (and since 2012) editions of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1: Dispute Resolution – Alberta; Oil & Gas: Regulatory).
  • Recognized by the 2015 Lexology Client Choice Awards as the exclusive winner in the Energy & Natural Resources category in Alberta.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Alberta" and a "Litigation Star: Energy and Natural Resources."
  • Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Energy – Electricity, Energy – Oil & Gas, Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Litigation – Securities).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Energy). Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions (Commercial Litigation).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recognized as the Energy/Resources Litigator of the Year 2013 by Benchmark Canada.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 1985
  • LLB, University of Alberta, 1984