Lawrence E. (Laurie) Smith
Lawrence E. (Laurie) Smith , QC
Partner at Bennett Jones LLP
(403) 298-3315
(403) 265-7219
855 2nd St SW, Suite 4500, Bankers Hall E, Calgary, AB
Year called to bar: 1981 (ON); 1984 (AB)
Founder of regulatory department. Firm’s former vice chairman. Former counsel to the NEB. Acts as lead regulatory counsel for Alberta’s largest gas LDC. Has acted for many major projects, including Alberta Northeast Gas/Iroquois Pipeline; Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; Sable Offshore Energy; Bear Head LNG; Kitimat LNG; Emera Brunswick Pipeline; Aboriginal Pipeline Group/Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project; and various gas storage and LNG developments across Canada. Appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, federal/provincial appellate and trial divisions, and arbitration panels. Testified before Canadian Senate and House of Commons, California Energy Commission. Retained as an expert witness on commercial and NAFTA arbitrations. Recognized by Lexpert®Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500Who's Who Legal, and many more as a leading Energy and Environmental lawyer and by Lexpert® as a Top 100 Creative Lawyer in Canada. Member of LSA, LSO, CBA, Royal Military College Board of Governors, and the US Federal EBA. Called to the Bars of ON (1981) and AB (1984). Appointed QC in 2000. Has held directorships for public and private companies. Former member of Montreal Neurological Institute Advisory Board (1998–2010). Former member Rhodes Scholar Selection Committees (AB and Prairies).
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