Richard C. Secord


Phone: (780) 412-2717
Fax:  (780) 423-8946

Preferred Areas of Practice

Environmental Law

Civil Litigation

Arbitration and Mediation

Aboriginal Law


Education & Background

BA (Honours) in Law, University of Durham 1977

LLM, University of Alberta 1979

Called to the Bar of England and Wales 1978

Called to the Alberta Bar 1980


Environmental Law – Richard was listed as a leading practitioner in the field of Environmental Law in the Lexpert Directory in 2000. In 2007, he was listed as one of Canada’s Best Environmental Lawyers in the National Post’s Best Lawyers in Canada series. He has appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the B.C. Expropriation Compensation Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the Environmental Assessment Review Process Panel, the National Energy Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board and the Surface Rights Board. He has appeared in over 100 energy, utility and environmental hearings. Click here for a list of Richard’s energy, utility and environmental hearings. In many of these hearings, Richard has acted for landowners who have had concerns about oil & gas and high voltage transmission line developments on or adjacent to their property. He is a frequent speaker at legal education seminars respecting various environmental law issues in Alberta. Click here for a list of Richard’s articles, conference presentations and lectures.

Civil Litigation – Richard has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Richard litigates a wide range of environmental cases and defends professionals against malpractice claims. Click here for a list of Richard’s selected cases.

Arbitration and Mediation – Richard mediated the first neighbourhood dispute in Edmonton in 1987 under the auspices of the Edmonton Community Mediation project. He has mediated over 150 commercial, insurance and personal injury litigation disputes. He has also mediated family law, health law, oil & gas and environmental disputes. He has acted as neutral chairman in commercial landlord and tenant and in insurance arbitrations and as sole arbitrator in Canadian Anti-Doping Organization arbitrations. He has also acted as sole adjudicator in a Category II Reinstatement Application, under the auspices of the Canadian Centre for Drug-Free Sport.

Aboriginal Law – legal services to First Nation governments by Richard include litigation of Indian Oil & Gas issues.

Professional Associations and Other Activities

  • Member, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, England
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Alberta Wilderness Association, Director since 2000; President from 2003-2007 and again from 2011-2013


  • J. P. Crerar Scholarship, 1965-1973
  • Society of Gray’s Inn Entrance Award, 1977
  • Graduate Assistantship and Bursary, University of Alberta, 1978-1979
  • Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 1992
  • Alberta Wilderness Association Wilderness Defenders Award, 2009

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