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Brian J. Curial

Brian J. Curial



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Brian Curial is a corporate commercial lawyer, and Partner in the Edmonton office of Miller Thomson. He has developed a broad and varied law practice in over 27 years as a practicing lawyer.

Brian's law practice has an emphasis on defending individuals from professional conduct complaints, assisting the health industry as well as assisting both public and private sector clients as a trusted advisor with strategic initiatives, general legal advice, litigation management, risk management, negotiating and drafting agreements, and general corporate/commercial advice respecting the activities his clients engage in.

Brian's practice focuses on advising his clients on a diverse range of legal issues they face and providing them with professional advice in the operation and governance of their organizations and in advocating on their behalf before government and administrative tribunals. He regularly advises his clients on a large variety of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues including governance, succession planning, acquisitions and dispositions, non-profit law, real estate, regulatory compliance, policy development, financing, leasing, contracts, confidentiality, anti-spam, privacy and freedom of information.

Brian is a senior member of Miller Thomson’s National Health Industry Practice Group, one of the largest groups of health law advisors in Canada. He acts as general counsel to a number of professional colleges and associations and is actively involved with several professions under the Health Professions Act. Brian has assisted a number of health professions in obtaining free-standing legislation during his career, as well as pursuing a number of initiatives for professional associations under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act.

Prior to his legal career, Brian worked for over a decade in the real estate, finance and land development industries. Brian has published in trade journals and regularly presents articles on professional liability and professional conduct. In addition, Brian has lectured in the area of professional responsibility at the University of Alberta Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and also to various professional and regulatory colleges.


Brian strives to provide pragmatic advice and offer effective solutions to his clients.

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  • LL.B., University of Alberta, 1986
  • B.A. program, University of Alberta, 1983
  • Applied Land Use Planning, University of Alberta, 1981
  • Accounting and Financial Administration, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1975

Professional Achievements

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Law, 2015-2017
  • The 8th individual to be Inducted into the Order of Athabasca University, June 8, 2013
  • Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding volunteer service


    • Vice Chair, Athabasca University Law Program Advisory Committee
    • Director, Skeleton Lake Stewardship Association
    • Past Vice Chair, Athabasca University Law Program Advisory Committee
    • Past Vice Chair, Athabasca University Governing Council
    • Past Executive Committee Member of Athabasca University Governing Council
    • Past Chair, Governance Committee, Athabasca University
    • Past Chair, BBB of Central and Northern Alberta
    • Past Director, Canadian Council of BBB’s
    • Past President, Whitemud Creek Homeowners Association

      Community Involvement

      • Coach, Minor Hockey & Soccer Edmonton
      • Committee Member, Derrick Golf & Winter Club


      • Member, Law Society of Alberta
      • Member, the Canadian Bar Association, Health Law, Administrative Law and Privacy subsections
      • Member, Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation
      • Member, Foundation of Administrative Justice


      • First Fine Issued Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Updates, March 2015
      • Canada's New Law Restricting E-mail, 2014
      • Canada's Anti-Spam Law: Are you ready?, 2014
      • Top Ten Impacts CASL Will Have On Your Organization, 2014
      • Today's Legal Education: 50 Years Behind the Curve - Distance Education is the Future, Law Matters, the Canadian Bar Association magazine, Spring, 2014
      • CASL On A Page, 2014
      • Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: It's Time to Prepare, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Updates, December 2013
      • I'm Sorry (Please Don't Sue Me), The CAP Monitor (College of Alberta Psychologists Newsletter), 2010
      • Alberta Lobbyists Act, Charities and Not-for-Profit Newsletter, October 2009

      Industry Expertise

      Areas of Focus

      • Corporate/Commercial
      • Administrative Law
      • Governance
      • Privacy
      • Health

      Year of Call

      • Alberta Bar, 1987