• Advocating for energy clients

    Michael Barbero

    Responds to the needs of Alberta's resource companies, including environmental and regulatory
    and litigation

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OFFICE: Calgary

DIRECT LINE: 403.444.4079


      Energy, Environmental & Regulatory
      Professional Liability
      Restructuring & Insolvency

      Insurance & Risk Management

LAW SCHOOL: University of Windsor

BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (2011)

Assistant: Cori Bender

Assistant Phone: 403.303.9114

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Michael maintains an advocacy practice primarily focused on responding to the regulatory and litigation needs of Alberta’s resource companies. Michael has acted for both large and mid-sized oil and gas companies, electrical generators, electrical distributors, national financial institutions, investors, and professionals in a host of disputes involving regulatory proceedings, commercial litigation, and commercial arbitrations. Michael’s recent representative experience includes project approval of a large combined-cycle gas fired power generating facility, advising clients on indigenous and land-related matters and disputes, and acting for a major corporation in litigation involving damages to indigenous lands.


  • LL.B., University of Windsor
  • B.A., University of Calgary

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
    • Environmental Section
    • Civil Litigation Section
  • Member, Connecting Environmental Professionals, Calgary Chapter

Michael has juniored on a number of significant environmental and regulatory proceedings involving oil and gas permitting and compliance, transmission line routing and approval, large arbitrations between electrical generations, arbitrations between electrical distributors, and environmental approvals for all types of operations.

Michael’s representative experiences includes:

  • Representing oil and gas companies in all manner of applications before the AER.
  • The successful representation of land owners before the AUC in relation to the Foothills Area Transmission Development.
  • Representation of businesses affected by the construction of the Bonnybrook Energy Centre.
  • Representation of litigations in a dispute with the Natural Resources Conservation Board relating to approval of agricultural operations.

Michael has appeared before all three levels of Alberta Courts (Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, and Court of Appeal) representing or assisting in the representation of:

  • International, national and midsized corporations
  • National financial institutions
  • National insurance companies
  • Resource developers
  • National political parties

Michael’s representative experience includes:

  • Representation of international engineering firm in contract audit dispute.
  • Representation of international power generation company in a large scale commercial arbitration.
  • Representation of an international pipeline company in commercial disputes with purchasers.
  • Representation of a national financial institution in matters relating to contract enforcement, debt collection, and secured transactions.
  • Representation of a national financial institution in obtaining judicial consideration of key provisions of the Personal Property Security Act.
  • Representation of shareholders in all nature of dispute.

Michael has represented clients in professional conduct and disciplinary hearings before various professional bodies, including both the Law Society of Alberta and APEGA.

Michael’s representative experience includes:

  • Representation of a member before the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Representation of engineers before APEGA in relation to all manner of complaint, including: conflict of interest, breach of the public interest, violation of applicable standards, and many others.

Michael’s practice is restricted to the representation of creditors seeking to recover amounts in the face of either personal or corporate bankruptcies.

The primary objective in any bankruptcy scenario is to secure the largest possible realization on assets for distribution to creditors. By working closely with Trustees and strategically using all available tools provided under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, Michael aims to meet the primary objective of maximizing asset realization.

Michael’s representative experience includes:

  • Successfully opposing the discharge of personal bankrupts.
  • Forcing investigations by the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy into the conduct of bankrupts where such conduct has been deserving.
  • Forced asset recovery on behalf of creditors.











  • “No Longer a Moot Point: The Importance of Advocacy in the Law School Curriculum”, Dr. Emir Crowne, Mohamed Hashim, and Michael Barbero, Advocate’s Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3, November 2010


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