Alan joined Masuch Albert as a Partner on September 1, 2017.
Upon graduation from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law in 1985 Alan articled to Earl D. Johnson QC, now justice Johnson of the Nunavut Court of Justice. Alan was mentored by the late Donald M. Cooper QC who served as senior Judge of the Northwest Territories Supreme Court. Alan started his career in private practice specializing in the areas of civil and criminal litigation with the Yellowknife law firm, Cooper
Johnson, which later became Cooper Regel Peach & Gullberg.
In 1992 Alan joined Justice Canada’s Yellowknife Regional Office. From 1992 to 1994, Alan’s
practice was exclusively in the area of criminal prosecutions. In 1994, Alan was appointed Civil
Group Head for Justice Canada in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut where he worked on
civil litigation, wildlife, regulatory and environmental prosecutions, environmental screenings,
and several high profile criminal cases. Justice Canada assigned Alan the task of responding to
the Accused’s appeal in the infamous Giant Mine Bombing Murder case.
Alan served as the secretary and vice-president of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories,
the chair or co-chair of the Northwest Territories CBA Criminal Justice and Environmental Law
subsections and president of the NWT Defence Lawyer’s Association. He is currently an active
member of the Admissions and Discipline Committees of the Northwest Territories Law Society.
Though not professing to be an academic, a paper Alan authored in Law School class was
published in the Saskatchewan Law Review and later cited as academic authority by the
Supreme Court of Canada in the Keegstra case.
Alan and his family moved to Florida in 2000 to pursue business interests including custom
woodworking and auto restorations. In anticipation of writing the Florida Bar Exams, Alan
clerked in the area of civil litigation with one of Florida’s oldest law firms, Battaglia Ross Dicus &
Wein. Instead of pursuing that goal, he renewed his membership with the Northwest
Territories Bar in 2013 and reactivated his Alberta Bar membership in 2014 and revived his Nunavut Bar membership in 2015.
Alan joined AWOC in 2014 with a view to practicing in the areas of civil litigation, criminal,
environmental, wildlife and regulatory defence work and approvals with an emphasis on NWT
and Nunavut. Alan’s vast experience lead him to being invited to join the team of lawyers
working on the Newfoundland and Labrador Residential School Class action which settled after
Alan spent a number of weeks adducing the evidence of survivors. Through renewed associations with old friends, Alan developed a keen interest in aboriginal and treaty rights and is now counsel for the Dene Nation.
Much of Alan’s practice since 2014 has been assisting sexual abuse survivors and other major
litigation in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
In his spare time, which is not plentiful, Alan enjoys karate, hockey, restoring classic cars,
artwork, and woodworking. Alan and Maureen, his wife of over 38 years, live in Sherwood Park
where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Criminal, Environmental and Regulatory Defence