Brendan is a litigation and appellate lawyer in the areas of criminal, regulatory, public, constitutional, administrative, civil, commercial, and international law.
Brendan’s criminal and regulatory practice involves asserting his clients’ civil rights under the constitution and other civil and human rights laws. He has acted as defence counsel on complex criminal and regulatory matters, including homicides, commercial offences (charges of fraud and charges under the Securities Act, and Consumer Protection Act etc.), commercial transportation offences, environmental offences, as well as Occupation Health and Safety charges where serious injury or death has occurred. Further, Brendan acts as defence counsel on all forms of charges under the Safety Code Act (Building Code, Fire Code, and Electrical Code etc.). Whether acting for an individual or a Fortune 500 Company, Brendan uses his knowledge of constitutional, regulatory, and criminal procedure to ensure the best outcomes for his clients.
Brendan’s constitutional law practice includes First Nations litigation, and he invokes the constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to defend individuals and companies’ rights against government activity and unconstitutional legislation. He holds a Master of Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School where he studied under some of the Canada’s leading academics and practitioners in the area. Brendan has acted as counsel on numerous precedent setting cases in the area of constitutional law and civil rights. He is regularly both consulted and hired by legal counsel outside Walsh LLP to assist with the constitutional and civil rights aspects of their cases. Further, Brendan accepts retainers from outside counsel to “ghost write” briefs and appellant factums in all areas of law.
He has acted as counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta including the Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal, as well as act as lead counsel on matters before Supreme Court of Canada. Brendan has also acted as counsel before the Territorial Court of the Yukon Territory, the Superior Court of the Yukon Territory, Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, and the Federal Court of Canada.
Brendan has conducted matters before numerous administrative tribunals including the Law Society of Alberta, Chartered Accountants of Alberta Disciplinary Tribunal, Alberta College of Social Work Disciplinary Tribunal, Alberta Insurance Council, Alberta Teachers Association, Parole Board of Canada Appeal Division, Municipal Councils, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, Service Canada Board of Referees (Employment Insurance charges), Transportation and Safety Board of Alberta (driving suspensions and National Safety Code), and the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council. He also accepts cases for the appeal and judicial review of decisions made by administrative and government bodies.
Since 2009 Brendan has been a guest lecturer at Mount Royal University in constitutional rights. He has also been an instructor in the Trial Advocacy Course at the University of Calgary Law School since 2015. Beginning in 2019, Brendan is both an editor and contributor the Alberta Limitations Manual published by Lexis. He also runs Walsh LLP’s pro bono legal clinic at Wellspring Wellness Centre providing people going through cancer treatment, as well as their families, legal advice in various areas of law.