Randal Carlson
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Randal Carlson is an experienced business lawyer focusing on handling claims and disputes involving casualty insurance and subrogated claims, as well as general litigation defence throughout Alberta. Known for his practical attitude toward resolving cases in a deliberate, timely, cost-effective manner, he has appeared in all levels of court in Alberta and in numerous complex mediations and Judicial Dispute Resolutions on behalf of companies and individuals facing difficult, insurance-related and commercial general liability problems.

Randal’s clients span industry sectors and include construction contractors and other businesses of various types and sizes. He has defended a wide variety of claims and disputes involving personal injury, property damage and other losses. "My clients place a premium on pragmatic risk assessment and early analysis of the merits of their case" Randal noted.

Before pursuing his legal career, Randal was an infantry officer in the Canadian Forces and served in assignments across Canada, Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia. "Here is where I gained experience with mission analysis, risk assessment and strategic planning" Randal explained. "I also learned the value of teamwork."

Outside the Office

Randal recently completed the 75-kilometer West Coast Trail.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
1999-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Member
1999-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1999-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Past Chair
2007 - 2009
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Co-Chair
2006-2007
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Program Co-ordinator
2003-2006
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Legislative Review Officer
2001-2003
Edmonton Bar Association
Member
Grace United Church
Official Board Chair
2010 - 2016
Grace United Church
Finance Committee
2008 - 2009
Heart and Stroke Foundation
District Captain (Fundraising)
2008 - 2009
Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Dayleader, Civil Project
1997 - 1998
Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Volunteer
1995 - 1997
Tucker v. Edmonton (City), 2011 ABQB 55, Alberta Coourt of Queen's Bench
Votour v. Tucker, 2010 ABQB 34, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Votour v. Tucker, 2009 ABQB 722, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse, 2005 ABQB 44, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc., 2004 NWTSC 66, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc., [2004] N.W.T.J. No. 64, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse, 2004 ABQB 740, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Dear v. Styre, 2002 ABQB 522, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse, 2002 ABQB 979, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sorensen (Estate of) v. Holden Hotel Company Ltd., 2001 ABCA 296, Alberta Court of Appeal
Ron's Electric Ltd. v. Harder Burke, 2000 ABPC 172, Alberta Provincial Court
February 2017
The MIR and the Charter
October 2016
Civil Litigation in Alberta - Surprises, Secrets and Strategies
Presentations
March 2013
A Nightmare Scenario: Psychological Injuries and Assessment of Damages (FULL)
May 2012
Costs and Disbursements - An Overview
April 2012
Insurance Law Update
August 2011
Conduct of a Provincial Court Trial
February 2011
The Minor Injury Cap
November 2010
New Rules of Court
October/November 2010
Solving the Meaning of Life: Calculating the Loss of Dependency Claim
September 2010
Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings
August 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles
June 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles
April 2010
Controversial Proposed Independent Medical Examination Rule Likely To Be Amended
April 2010
Minor Injury Regulation
February 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles - The Cap is Here to Stay
October 2009
Impaired Driving Issues in Auto Insurance
Fall 2009
Canadian Precedents of Pleadings - Personal Injury Chapter
September 2009
10 New Rules - Rules of Interest to Examiners in the Final Draft of the New Rules of Court
December 2008
Releases: "Serious Impairment" and the MIR
June 2008
Please Release Me, Let Me Go: Releases and Changes in Law
Janaury 2008
Minor Injury Regulation
September 2007
The Minor Injury Cap Trial
February 2007
Limitations Act; Occupier's Liability; Charter Challenge to the MIR
November 2006
Surveillance
March 2006
The MIR and the Charter
April 2005
The Trilogy and the Charter
February 2005
Limitations Act
April 2004
Somatization Disorder
April 2003
Host Liability
August 2001, March 2002, September 2002
Due Diligence, Transportation Safety Director Course
June 2001
Putting an End to 'Desultory Correspondence' - Recent Application of Rule 244.1
June 2001
Not My Problem - Or Is It? Insurance Considerations in Leasing Arrangements
March 2000
Rule 593(1.1) and the 'Residual' Category for Security Costs

Closing a case at a favorable point with a favorable result.

  • Our client: A national insurer with operations in Alberta was facing a complicated, injury-related claim comprising several factors. These included the possibility of a pre-existing medical condition and a demand against future income. Furthermore, the stated claim was in excess of policy limits.
    Our strategy: Our defense strategy was to efficiently overcome the plaintiff's medical experts by leveraging documents and records to seek a mediated resolution. As Randal put it, "We were flexible and quickly switched gears."
    The result: By using the right information and through good questioning, we were successful in getting the plaintiff to agree to mediation, bringing the case to a favorable end without the increased time, risk and expense of a trial.
Education
University of Alberta, 1998, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1989, Bachelor of Commerce
Admissions
Alberta,1999