Blair began his legal career with MacKimmie Matthews in 1986 and was a founding partner of Carbert Waite LLP in 1999.
In 2022, Blair was appointed King’s Counsel (K.C.) by the Lieutenant Governor in Council of Alberta, on the recommendation of Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Tyler Shandro. Appointment of King’s Counsel is a recognition awarded to those lawyers who demonstrate essential contributions to their legal profession, exceptional quality of leadership, and integrity, among other considerations.
Blair’s diverse practice of law has taken him to Canada’s three coasts, advising and acting for individuals, corporations, estates, public institutions and governments. As a senior partner with Carbert Waite LLP, Blair engages on a wide range of difficult cases that demand an advanced understanding of the law, relentless inquiry into the facts, appropriate strategic reasoning, and sound judgment.
Blair has defended healthcare institutions and health professionals since the early 1990s – in all types of malpractice and other claims. Blair has also advised hospitals and health regions on their legal rights and responsibilities regarding patients, visitors, employees, and medical staff members. He has been counsel in numerous public fatality inquiries in the Provincial Court of Alberta.
Blair maintains an active practice in commercial litigation, estate litigation and condominium litigation. He has litigated cases in the energy, construction and real estate industries. He is highly experienced in a broad range of insurance coverage and claims issues – including large industrial and construction losses, professional liability and serious personal injury claims.
Blair has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Alberta as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. Blair has also represented clients in hearings before the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Alberta Hospital Privileges Appeal Board, and the Workers’ Compensation Board.
Blair is a former infantry officer with the 48th Highlanders of Canada. He has served on the Law Society’s Professional Responsibility, Finance and Conduct Committees, and is volunteer President of Speed Skating Canada. Blair is a member and Board Member of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Calgary.
- University of Toronto (- B.A. (With Distinction) in Economics and History – 1983
- Osgoode Hall Law School – LL.B. – 1986
- Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta – August 1987
- Admitted to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories – May 1991
- Law Society of Alberta (1987)
- Law Society of the Northwest Territories (1991)
- Calgary Bar Association
- Calgary Medical Legal Society
Carbert Waite Lawyers Recognized as Best Lawyers in Canada for 2021
August 27, 2020
Carbert Waite is proud to congratulate several of our lawyers who have been awarded with The Best Lawyers in Canada (2021 Edition). This year’s list includes: Best Lawyers “is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession”. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based on peer review.…Continue Reading