Marc Matras Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2011 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1916

Fax: +1 403-263-9193


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Primary office:  Calgary

Marc Matras

Marc Matras is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office practising in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance. 

The strength in Marc's practice lies in the diversity of his work, the depth of the teams he works with and his collaborative approach to servicing clients.

Marc has worked with financial institutions, both large and small, to litigate retail banking matters, commercial lending disputes, broker/dealer liability and civil fraud matters.

Marc's insurance work deals largely with commercial liability, errors and omissions claims, and insurance coverage disputes. In acting for insurers and their insureds, Marc has represented a diverse group of oil and gas companies, design professionals, contractors, sub trades and safety code officers, and he has defended insureds in complex multi-party litigation, including class actions.

Marc has also had the privilege of acting as independent legal counsel to professional disciplinary bodies.

Businesses and the disputes they find themselves in are unique and varied. Marc understands that different circumstances call for different resolution strategies. He enjoys working with his clients, understanding their business and identifying early and cost-effective resolutions tailored to the circumstances of each dispute.

Marc has appeared on matters before the Alberta Court of Justice, Court of King's Bench of Alberta and Court of Appeal of Alberta. He also volunteers his time acting as King's Bench Amicus Counsel and the Small Claims Duty Counsel.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2011

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2010

    • Education
      Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws
  • 2006

    • Education
      University of Alberta, BA Hons.
    • Rankings & Awards
      William A. Tomblin Memorial Prize, Dalhousie University, 2010


  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

Marc has presented on topics including "Law of unconscionable transactions" and "Deductibility of short term disability benefits from damages calculations."

Representative Work

  • Defended a large financial institution against allegations of improper conduct in its receivership actions against a defaulting commercial debtor. The Court of Appeal struck the entirety of the claim against the financial institution on the basis of collateral attack and abuse of process.
  • Defended a safety codes company in a class-action claim for the total loss of a multi-building condominium complex.
  • Obtained and enforced a judgment in favour of investors against a private company in a claim for negligent misrepresentations and breach of contract.
  • Represented a mayor against a municipality and its council in a judicial review of the council's decisions to sanction the mayor and remove his traditional duties.
  • Advised on the regulatory aspects of a $1.075B acquisition of an NEB-regulated pipeline.