Lenard Sali

Lenard Sali QC

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

Lenard Sali is Counsel in our Commercial Litigation Group in our Calgary office. Len has extensive experience and expertise in commercial, energy and securities litigation, as well as telecommunications law, oil & gas law, dispute resolution, and directors’ and officers’ liability. He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in several of these areas by the foremost legal rankings publications.

Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Len has made numerous appearances before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada, and has acted as senior counsel in a number of leading cases. Len appears regularly before Alberta Courts, regulatory boards and tribunals, including the Energy Resources Conservation Board, and also has extensive experience representing foreign-based clients and seamlessly working with US counsel.

Len was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989, and is an appointed Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America, trial lawyer honorary societies. These fellowships are reserved for less than one per cent of all practising lawyers of any state or province.

    Representative Work

    • Acted as lead counsel in various disputes on behalf of corporations such as BP Energy, ATCO Electric, Shore Gold, Enerplus Corporation, Paramount Energy Trust, Shell Canada, Suncor Energy, South Yukon Forest Corporation, as well as a host of other corporations, both public and private, and private citizens.
    • Acts for Dow Chemical Canada ULC and its affiliates including Dow Europe GmbH, in a $300-million claim against NOVA Chemicals over the co-ownership and operation of an ethylene production facility.

    Rankings & Recognitions

    • Recognized in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Chambers CanadaCanada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: General Commercial - Alberta (Senior Statesman)).
    • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2006) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Energy Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Oil & Gas Law).
    • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2016) edition of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition – Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers.
    • ​Recognized in the 2017 and​ 2016 editions of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).​
    • ​Recognized in the 2016 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Litigation Star: Commercial, Energy/Resources and Securities."
    • Recognized in the 2015 (and since 2012) editions of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta, Band 1).
    • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).
    • Recognized in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, Litigation – Securities); and the 2012 edition of The Lexpert® / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Litigation)
    • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2016 edition of Lexpert® Special Edition on Litigation Lawyers.
    • Recognized in the 2012 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (Energy Litigation).
    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
    • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2013) of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Litigation - Corporate Commercial).