Paul A. Beke

Practice Focus

Paul is BD&P's Knowledge Management Lawyer. As such, he deploys his decades of experience as a litigation and arbitration lawyer to solve clients' problems and reduce their costs by:

  • conducting and supervising legal research to find ways to achieve business goals
  • writing legal submissions and client bulletins to persuade and educate
  • training associates, students, and clients to write and research better
  • helping BD&P to exploit its far-reaching knowledge, by managing firm precedents, research collections, know-how, and awareness of current legal developments.

Paul's analysis and judgment as the Knowledge Management Lawyer grows out of his experience in:

  • Advocacy: conducting multi-million-dollar trials, hearings, and appeals before the Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal in Alberta and Saskatchewan, domestic and arbitration tribunals, and securities commissions—sometimes from start to finish in seven weeks
  • Commercial, energy and securities litigation/arbitration—including disputes involving:
    • mining, intellectual property, injunctions, product liability, representative actions, insurance, competition, construction, electricity distribution, environmental assessment, franchises, medical negligence, and commercial leasing
    • corporations (shareholders' remedies, directors' and officers' liabilities, and corporate transactions—including a contested arrangement for one of the largest Canadian corporate deals)
    • oil and gas (farmouts, operating procedure, royalties, rights of first refusal, areas of mutual interest, accounting, joint ventures, oil sands leases, processing, and petro-chemicals)
    • securities (disclosure, acquisitions, and private placements)

Practice Areas

Education

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

  • Conducts workshops on legal writing and research: Writing that Clients & All Others Will Enjoy
  • Coordinated, and presented at, conferences for lawyers on civil procedure and questionings for discovery

Community Involvement

  • Director and Corporate Secretary, Calgary Music Academy Centre
  • Former member, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Former director, officer and lead negotiator, of Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and a music-education society

Firm Involvement

  • Member of Library Committee

Personal Interests

  • Violinist, former member of Regina Symphony Orchestra, who has performed on national television and toured with his violinist brother