Brian A. Crane, QC Partner


Year of Call: 1962 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0107

Fax: +1 613-563-9869

Email: brian.crane@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa



Brian A. Crane, QC

Brian Crane, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. As a senior member of the firm's Advocacy Law Group, he practises in constitutional, administrative and Aboriginal law.

Brian appears as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Ontario courts. He has worked extensively in the negotiation of native land claims, self-government agreements and related litigation, and in arbitration and mediation.

An active member of the Canadian Bar Association, Brian has chaired Bar Committees on Reform of Parliament, the Federal Judiciary, Reform of the Federal Court, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Reform of Civil Justice.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1977 and a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation in 1988. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1993.

Brian is recognized by Chambers Global as a Senior Statesman in the field of aboriginal law.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Chambers Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2015
      Chambers Global 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2014
      Chambers Global 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Premier of the Northwest Territories Award
    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Premier of the Northwest Territories Award
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2013
      Chambers Global 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
  • 1962

    • Education
      1962
      Columbia University, A.M.
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1962
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1960

    • Education
      1960
      University of British Columbia, LLB
  • 1950

    • Education
      1950
      University of British Columbia, BA

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Advocates' Society

Brian (with co-authors Robert Mainville and Martin Mason) authored the text, First Nations Governance Law (Markham, ON: LexisNexis Canada, 2006). He is also co-author of Supreme Court of Canada Practice (Carswell) with Henry Brown.

Previous speaking engagements