Cory H.D. Ryan



Cory practises civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance claim defence. He advises clients on personal injury, property damage, professional negligence and commercial host liability claims, as well as coverage issues.

Cory has experience in foreclosure actions, contractual disputes, employment matters, and injunctive relief.

He has appeared before all levels of court including the Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Court of Appeal.  He has also attended numerous judicial dispute resolutions and mediations.

Prior to joining BLG, Cory worked for a regional firm in Calgary, where he focused on civil litigation, as well as a litigation boutique in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Cory provides legal services through a Law Corporation.


  • Petz v. Duguay 2018 ABCA 402 (Leave to Appeal to the SCC denied): The Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $1 Million as a result of complaints of ongoing chronic pain, somatic symptom disorder, depression suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Cory on behalf of the insurer for the Defendant, was successful in defending the Plaintiff’s claims. The Plaintiff was awarded only a fraction of the damages sought, and less than a formal offer made by the Defendant prior to trial. In the result, BLG were successful in having its client’s litigation costs paid by the Plaintiff from the date of the formal offer forward. BLG were successful in defending the Plaintiff’s appeals to both the Alberta Court of Appeal, and also having the Plaintiff’s application for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed with costs.
  • Youn v. 1427062 Alberta Ltd. (Red’s Pub) 2016 ABQB 606 (upheld on appeal 2018 ABQB 241): The Plaintiff sought damages of $1.7 Million as a as a result of property damage and business losses sustained due to the fire. Cory successfully brought a summary dismissal application as against the Plaintiffs, and met the stringent onus associated with summary dismissals. The issue was a technical one, and BLG successfully argued that the owner was barred from brining the claim, as it had impliedly agreed to insure the property against the risk of loss due to fire, therefore it could not sue its own tenant for the losses suffered. The Claim was dismissed in its entirety.
  • Paragon v. Morgan 2014 ABCA 363 (leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied): Paragon sought to set aside a fraudulent of a $1 Million home from mother to her two daughter’s. Cory and BLG were retained to appeal the lower Court’s decision, dismissing the Plaintiff’s claim. On appeal, BLG successfully convinced the Court of Appeal that the lower Court’s decision should be overturned due to palpable and overriding errors of facts made.
  • Obtained judgment for client in excess of $450,000, in relation to a breach of contract and also successfully defended a counterclaim involving claims of breach of fiduciary duties, following a two week trial.
  • Successfully represented a client in a week-long injunctive relief hearing that involved allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and unfair competition.
  • Successfully represented a client in an appeal from a regulatory fishing offence that centred on the issues of a collateral attack and res judicata.
  • Successfully represented a client in a trial involving claims of professional negligence; the plaintiff claimed that both the hospital and doctor had failed to meet their standard of care in a wrongful birth claim.
  • Successfully represented a client in a trial claiming professional negligence and negligent misrepresentation in a property dispute.
  • Secured judgment and payment for a client in relation to a mortgage that secured funds in excess of $6 million.
  • Successfully represented a client in a dispute over the distribution of the proceeds of the sale of property arising out of a fraudulent lending scheme in a large class action lawsuit.
  • Successfully represented a client in a dispute regarding the amount owing by various guarantors to a lender after judgment had been obtained against them.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, New Brunswick Law Society
  • Member, New Brunswick Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, BLG Pro Bono Program for Veterans' rights

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2008
  • Nouveau-Brunswick, 2006
  • LLB, Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, 2005
  • B.Sc., Université du Nouveau-Brunswick, 2002