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Howard A. Gorman, QC

Senior Partner

Howard A. Gorman, QC

Calgary

T:+1 403.267.8144

Howard Gorman practises primarily in the areas of insolvency and restructuring and civil litigation. His practice has developed with emphasis on the areas of workout and recovery, insolvency, oil and gas and commercial disputes.

Mr. Gorman has acted on behalf of numerous secured and unsecured creditors, insolvent or financially challenged corporations and individuals and insolvency practitioners in their capacity as receivers, trustees and monitors. His practice has resulted in numerous reported appearances at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal of Alberta, as well as the bankruptcy courts in Alberta, Ontario and other provinces throughout Canada.

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  • Education

    LL.B., University of Alberta, 1985

  • Representative experience

    Clients for whom Mr. Gorman has acted include:

    • Court-appointed receivers of Mosaic Energy, Twin Butte Energy, LGX Oil + Gas and Regent Resources
    • Connacher Oil and Gas Limited with respect to its Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) restructuring
    • Monitor of Gasfrac Energy Services with respect to Gasfrac's joint proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and US Chapter 15
    • Secured lenders of Lone Pine Resources Ltd., Sprague-Rosser Contracting, Tervita Corporation, CHC Helicopters  and Palliser Oil and Gas
    • Southern Pacific Resources and Poseidon Concepts Corp. in their CCAA proceedings
    • OPTI Canada Inc. and BA Energy Inc. in their CCAA/CBCA restructurings
    • Calpine Canada and Enron Canada bondholders committees
    • Air Canada ad hoc unsecured creditors’ committee
    • Chairman of the creditors' committee in the Blue Range Resources Corporation CCAA restructuring
    • Bre-X Minerals Ltd.

  • Admissions
    • Alberta 1986
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
    • Chambers Global: Canada, 2011-2017: Restructuring & Insolvency
    • Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2017): Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
    • The Legal 500, Canada (2016): Restructuring/Insolvency
    • IFLR (International Financial Law Review) 1000 (2013-2017): Leading lawyer in Restructuring and Insolvency
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2011-2016): recommended in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring - Insolvency Litigation
    • Who’s Who Legal, Canada (2014-2015): Insolvency & Restructuring
    • Benchmark Canada (2012-2013): recognized as a local litigation star in Alberta; Litigation star in Canada in Insolvency
    • The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (2011-2013)
    • Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (2012)
    • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2011: most frequently recommended in the area of Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
    • Best Lawyers in Canada – Lawyer of the Year (2011): Insolvency and Financial Restructuring
    • PLC Which Lawyer? (2011): Restructuring and Insolvency (Canada)
  • Publications
    • “Cross Border Restructuring is a First” (co-author), The Lawyers Weekly.
    • “Post Mortem on Recent Canadian Business Failures: Collections, Bankruptcy and Arrangements.”
    • “Recovery, Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Arrangements in Canada.”  
  • Speaking engagements
    • “Calpine: Cross Border Review and Approval of Inter-Debtor Claims,” Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference.
    • “Challenges and Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry” (moderator), Turnaround Management Association, Toronto Symposium.
    • “Interim Receivers & Novel and Traditional Applications,” The Canadian Institute.
    • “Lessons from Enron and Canadian Legal Update,” International Energy Credit Association.
    • “International Insolvencies,” Lorman Institute.
    • “Lessons from Blue Range,” International Energy Credit Association.
    • “Technical Update,” Canadian Insolvency Practitioners Association.
    • “Interim Receivers & Novel and Traditional Applications,” The Canadian Institute.
    • “Post-Mortem on Recent Canadian Business Failures,” International Energy Credit Association.
    • “Update on Insolvency Issues,” Petroleum Accountants Society of Canada.
  • Memberships and activities

     

    • Law Society of Alberta
    • Calgary Bar Association
    • Turnaround Management Association
    • Insolvency Institute of Canada
    • Associate member, International Energy Credit Association
    • Moot Court Justice, University of Calgary Trial Advocacy Course
    • Instructor, Creditor Rights, Alberta Bar Admissions Course
    • Oral examiner, Trustee Licensing Board
    • Board member, Agape Hospice
    • Les Marmitons