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, the Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, 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