Brian Curial is a very knowledgeable administrative law and business law lawyer with three decades of experience in advising businesses, associations and professionals. He has been repeatedly recognized for his professional achievements by a variety of organizations and rating agencies. Over the course of his career, Brian has become a trusted adviser to his clients, assisting them with strategic initiatives, general legal advice, risk management, negotiating and drafting agreements, and general corporate/commercial advice respecting the activities his clients engage in.
Brian advises his clients on a diverse range of legal issues they face and provides them with professional advice in the operation and governance of their organizations. He also advocates on their behalf before government and administrative tribunals. One of Brian’s areas of expertise is defending professionals in discipline hearings. He also regularly advises his clients on a large variety of corporate, commercial, and regulatory issues including governance, succession planning, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate, regulatory compliance, policy development, financing, contracts, confidentiality, anti-spam, privacy, and freedom of information.
Brian’s very diverse practice covers many areas of law and does not fit neatly into any one practice group or area. He provides pragmatic and strategic advice in a number of areas including business law, health law, administrative law, and privacy law. Brian acts for a large variety of owner-operated businesses in all aspects of their operations.
Brian has very strong communication skills. He has leveraged a 30-year legal career in Alberta, together with a decade of business management and 35 years of board participation, to become a key participant in strategic decision-making at the executive level for his clients.
Business law: The legal services Brian offers in this area include contract drafting, governance, organizational structure, regulatory compliance, assistance with acquisitions and divestitures, procurement, commercial transactions, strategic alliances, employment and HR issues, outsourcing, licensing, IT issues, privacy, and freedom of information.
Administrative law: Brian has a depth of experience in health law and administrative law, and has been acting for professionals and professional colleges and associations for three decades. He has assisted these clients with risk management, resolution of conflicts, privacy, employment matters, regulatory compliance, contract review, and professional conduct matters, both from the prosecution and defence perspectives.
Privacy and information protection: Brian has been involved in privacy law and freedom of information law since Canada’s privacy and information laws were first proposed. Brian has assisted clients in developing privacy policies and PIAs, making and responding to access requests, filing and responding to complaints, and responding to privacy breaches.
Anti-spam (CASL): Brian was among the first lawyers in Alberta to be involved in reviewing and advising parties with respect to Canada’s new anti-spam law. He has conducted more than 50 seminars before thousands of western Canadians on this topic. He has developed compliance programs and a suite of comprehensive compliance policies for companies to use. He has conducted risk assessments and audits for clients and has assisted with record-keeping and provided training programs. Brian has advised clients from across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia on Canada’s anti-spam laws. He has advised on CASL generally and assisted with compliance, policy development, and complaint handling for corporations ranging from sole practitioners to organizations with more than 100,000 employees.
Corporate governance: Brian has assisted numerous public and private organizations with policy development, governance, strategic planning, succession planning, and bylaw preparation. He has been involved in the drafting and review of more than 10 pieces of professional legislation in Alberta.
Real estate acquisitions and commercial transactions: Brian is very knowledgeable in real estate transactions ranging from residential transactions to commercial and industrial transactions. With respect to commercial transactions, Brian has acted on the sale and acquisition of a television station, gas plants, commercial buildings, and the sale or purchase of all types of small businesses, either by way of purchase of shares or assets.
Regulatory: Brian has appeared before more than 30 different boards and agencies in Alberta dealing with everything from property taxes to subdivision approvals, development appeals, energy and utility board interventions, and professional conduct hearings. Brian has acted in over 200 professional conduct hearings and, in that process, has been involved in mediations, settlements, and defence strategies respecting approximately 25 different professions in Alberta.
Brian has been published in trade journals and regularly presents articles and seminars on professional conduct, privacy, and anti-spam laws. In addition, Brian has lectured on professional responsibility at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and also to a large variety of professionals and regulatory colleges.
Prior to his legal career, Brian worked for over a decade in the real estate, finance, and land development industries.
Brian has been very actively involved in the community his entire adult life. He coached minor hockey and soccer for over a decade, was the President of the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Alberta and on the board of the Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus. He was the President of his local homeowners association, has been very actively involved on committees with the Derrick Golf & Winter Club, and has spent over a decade volunteering with Athabasca University on its board and committees. Brian was one of the founders and leaders of a local environmental stewardship association that started in 1995, and continues in that role today.