Fred is RMRF’s Litigation Team Leader and carries on a civil litigation practice with an emphasis on constitutional law, media and defamation issues, and employment and administrative proceedings. He represents several national news organizations and provides pre-publication advice to print, broadcast and web-based media outlets, as well as book publishers. He has been counsel in several cases where the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been used to strike down legislation, and has appeared in all levels of the Courts of Alberta and in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been involved in key Charter cases, including Hunter v. Southam (1984), one of the first Supreme Court Charter decisions, and Edmonton Journal v. Alberta (Attorney General) (1989), a seminal Charter decision respecting freedom of the press. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008, He is admitted to the Bar in Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 and in Lexpert®’s Leading Practitioners since 2009. He is a member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Roster Member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute.
Year Called to the Bar:
1982 (AB); 2009 (NT); 2010 (YT)
Litigation - Defamation & Media