Paul A. Beke

Practice Focus

  • Courtroom Advocacy and Domestic and International Arbitration Experience
    • Led expedited proceedings in an expert-intensive multi-million dollar arbitration from retainer to successful decision in 7 weeks
    • Presented argument before the Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, and arbitration tribunals
    • Conducted appeals, trials, motions, settlement conferences and arbitrations
  • Commercial and General Litigation 
    • Disputes involving contracts, negligence, mining, intellectual property, injunctions, product liability, representative actions, insurance, competition, construction, electricity distribution, environmental assessment and franchises
    • Corporate litigation including shareholders' remedies, directors' and officers' liabilities, and corporate transactions such as plans of arrangement, including a contested arrangement for one of the largest Canadian corporate deals
  • Energy Litigation
    • Oil & gas related disputes involving farmouts, operating procedure, royalties, rights of first refusal, areas of mutual interest, accounting, joint ventures, oil sands leases, processing and petro-chemicals
  • Securities Litigation
    • Matters before the Courts and Securities Commissions, including disputes over disclosure, acquisitions and private placements
  • Expert Evidence Experience
    • Presenting/examining evidence from oil & gas evaluators/auditors, landmen, auditors, accountants, damage-quantification experts, business valuators, economists, lawyers (both local and foreign law), appraisers, chemists, engineers, environmental assessors and physicians and other health-care providers

Practice Areas

Education

  • Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1999
  • University of Toronto, Bachelor of Laws, 1992
  • Oxford University, Bachelor of Arts (philosophy, politics & economics), 1989
  • Rhodes Scholarship, 1987-1989
  • Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), 1987

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan 1997 (currently non-practising)
  • Alberta 1993

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Presentations

  • Coordinated and presented at conferences for lawyers on civil procedure and examinations for discovery

Community Involvement

  • Former member, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee

Firm Involvement

  • Trains BD&P students in writing and research
  • Supervises research by BD&P library staff
  • Oversees knowledge management, BD&P Litigation Business Unit

Personal Interests

  • Violinist, former member of Regina Symphony Orchestra, performed on national television
  • Former director, officer and lead negotiator, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and a music-education society