John Devlin is a lawyer in our Calgary office. A well-rounded civil litigator, John has acted in oil and gas disputes, energy regulatory matters, insolvency matters, shareholder disputes, professional disciplinary matters, and contentious estate matters. He has also acted as coverage counsel for insurance clients. He especially enjoys matters with a scientific or technological aspect, and in that connection has worked on many engineering liability and construction disputes.

John has represented clients before Courts and Administrative Tribunals, including the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Federal Court, the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Surface Rights Board, the Land Compensation Board, and Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan.

John completed his Articles at the Federal Court in Ottawa, where he worked on a variety of intellectual property, immigration, national security, and general litigation matters as law clerk to the Hon. Madam Justice Dolores Hansen. He holds an LLM (2014) from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but more importantly met his now-wife while studying there.

While John is at his best in the courtroom, he considers it his paramount duty to pursue commercially reasonable out-of-court solutions whenever possible. John is an adept assessor of litigation risk, and prides himself in providing his clients with objective, strategic, and cost-effective advice.

Professional Activities

  • Fulbright Scholarship (Fulbright Canada Medal Award) 2013
  • Viscount Bennett Scholarship (Law Society of Alberta) 2013
  • Judges’ Bronze Medal (University of Alberta) 2011
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Dean’s List 2009, 2010, 2011
  • University of Alberta Faculty of Law, First-Class Standing 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Cruickshank Karvellas Prize in Taxation 2011
  • Alberta Law Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship 2008, 2009, 2010
  • George H. Steer Scholarship 2010
  • Canadian Energy Law Foundation Scholarship 2010
  • Jones & de Villars Prize in Administrative Law 2010
  • Hon. Donald Lee Prize in Immigration Law 2010
  • Canada Law Book Company Prize 2009