Ryan Krushelnitzky
Ryan Krushelnitzky
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Ryan Krushelnitzky is a litigator in the construction, products liability and insurance areas, with a Ph.D. in civil engineering. Ryan's engineering background assists him in dealing with the complex technical and practical issues faced by his construction, product manufacturer, and insurer clients.

Ryan acts for both construction contractors and owners in a wide range of areas, including contractual disputes over progress and payment, delays, lost productivity, builders' liens, construction deficiencies, tendering, and insurance/bonding. Ryan also assists his clients with contract review and general advice on construction-related matters, with experience in industrial and commercial construction-related projects.

Ryan has been recognized in the construction law area of practice in the 15th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Recognition in Best Lawyers™ is based on peer reviews of leading lawyers and their professional abilities.

Ryan's experience dealing with breach of warranty and negligence claims relating to allegedly defective industrial and construction equipment, farming equipment, building systems, motor vehicles, building materials and various consumer goods helps product manufacturers and distributors involved in product liability litigation. He also has experience with fire losses, and other product liability matters, such as personal injury losses.

Ryan's insurance practice focuses on coverage work and the defence of property and personal injury claims.

Following the completion of his articles, Ryan was a Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada, giving him a unique insight into the judicial decision-making process. Ryan has appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and ad hoc commercial arbitration panels. He also provides advice regarding the cross-border and jurisdictional issues that often arise when international manufacturers do business in Alberta.

Value to Clients

When working with clients facing technical or mechanical related patent litigation, Ryan works closely with Neil Kathol from Field Law's IP team. With Ryan's engineering background and Neil's background in patent litigation, their combined experience provides clients with a unique and comprehensive approach to their issues.

Outside the Office

Ryan is a Term Lecturer teaching law to engineering students at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering.

Canadian Bar Association
2010 - Present
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North)
2011 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (North)
Defence Research Institute
2012 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
2010 - Present
Listed Construction Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
The Alberta Law Review, William Morrow Essay Contest, 2nd Prize
Alberta Crown Attorneys Association Prize in Criminal Procedure
The Carswell Prize in Law
George Bligh O'Connor Silver Medal in Law for graduating with 2nd highest standing
University of Alberta Faculty of Law
Jason Lang Scholarship
Alberta Law Foundation Scholarship
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship
Blake, Cassels & Graydon Scholarship
Chief Justice S. Bruce Smith Prize for the highest standing in 1st year law
Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
Canadian Geotechnical Society Undergraduate Student Report Award, 2nd Prize
Canadian Geotechnical Society Graduate Student Presentation Award, 2nd Prize
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Canadian Graduate Scholarship  
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada PGS-A Scholarship
The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering- Edmonton and Northern Alberta Section-R.L. Gerard Student Paper Competition- 1st Prize
Pro Bono Law Alberta
Small Claims Duty Counsel
2012 - Present
County of Vulcan v. Genesis Reciprocal Insurance Exchange, 2020 ABQB 93
Kowalchuk v Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., 2018 ABQB 421
KBR Industrial Canada Co v Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Canada LP, 2018 ABQB 257
Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company v Aspen Insurance UK Limited, 2018 ABQB 207
May 2020
Expiration of Limitation Period not a Defence for Surety Under Bond Claim
The Lawyer's Daily
April 2, 2020
Business Interruption Claims Due to COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, countless businesses have been forced to temporarily shut their doors or change the way they operate significantly. As a direct result, many businesses have lost and continue to lose income. More and more businesses will be loo...
March 10-11, 2020
12th Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts and Projects
July 2018
Consequential Consequences: Contractually Excluding Damages for Lost Profits
Field Law Blog
March 2018
Contentious Construction Contract Clauses: Traps and Pitfalls to be Aware Of
BUILDEX Edmonton Conference
January 2018
Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law
Canadian Institute: Managing Risk in Construction Contracts & Projects Conference
January 2018
Contractor Know Thyself: If You Don’t, You May Lose Your Lien
Field Law Blog
January 2018
Fatal Errors: The Small Mistakes That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Lien Claim
Field Law Blog
December 2017
Termination Problems: When Can You Walk Away From a Contract?
Field Law Blog
December 2017
Through the Scratched Looking Glass: Sattva, Ledcor, Teal and Developments in the Law of Contract
Carswell Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2017
September 2016
Ledcor: Taming Sattva’s Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts
The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision of Sattva v. Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53 opened the barn door and let loose a wild horse in terms of the scope and the availability of the use of the surrou...
July 2015
Thou Shalt Not Deceive: The New Commandment for Canadian Business
In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered two decisions relating to the law of contract. Parties doing business in Canada should be aware of these decisions because they have significantly changed how contracts are to be perform...
March 2015
Recent Developments in the Canadian Law of Contract
December 2014
The Use of Internal Experts in Canadian Litigation
November 2014
Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations When Confronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada
May 2013
"Not In Kansas Any More": Enforcing American Letters of Request in Canada
July 2012
The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Conflict of Laws Rules
May 2012
The Disclosure of Confidential Third-Party Information
April 2012
Van Breda: The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Canadian Conflict of Laws Rules
University of Alberta, 2009, Bachelor of Laws
Queen's University, 2006, Doctor of Philosophy
University of Alberta, 2001, Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering)