Brett Carlson

Associate

Calgary
bcarlson@blg.com
403.232.9771

Brett's practice focuses on corporate commercial, energy, and construction related disputes, energy and utility regulation, and public law appellate advocacy. Brett also maintains a government relations and political law practice, helping clients navigate and comply with federal and provincial elections and lobbying regimes.

Brett has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, and Supreme Court of Canada, and has experience in various regulatory tribunals including the National Energy Board, Alberta Utilities Commission, and College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Prior to joining BLG, Brett worked as a policy and parliamentary affairs advisor to the Minister of Environment and Minister of Health.

Experience

  • Reference re Impact Assessment Act, 2020 ABCA 94 - application to intervene in constitutional reference related to the constitutionality of the federal Impact Assessment Act.
  • Reference re Environmental Management Act, 2020 SCC 1 and 2019 BCCA 181: - Constitutional reference related to the ability of British Columbia to regulate heavy oil in possession of the operator of a federal pipeline or railway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company v Hatch Corporation, 2018 ABQB 558 - application to set aside service ex juris and forum non conveniens.

Beyond Our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association
  • ​Volunteer, Pro Bono Civil Claims Duty Counsel
  • Volunteer, Queen's Bench Amicus Program
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2019
  • JD, University of Calgary/Hong Kong University
  • BA (with distinction), Carleton University, 2014