University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, MSc., Neuroscience
University of Alberta, BSc. (Honours), Neuroscience
University of Calgary’s Trial Advocacy Course
Supervising lawyer for the Pro Bono Students Canada Human Rights Project
Facilitator & Evaluator for the CPLED program
Awards & Recognition
2019 - 2020
Pro Bono Students Canada
Geoff has extensive experience as an advocate and has successfully appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and Federal Courts, as well as at a variety of administrative boards and commissions. Geoff has developed a practice with an emphasis on breach of contract claims, corporate and commercial disputes, land disputes, construction disputes, builders’ liens, commercial real estate disputes, insurance claim disputes, wrongful dismissal, landlord and tenant, and intellectual property litigation.
Geoff is at ease in the court room and truly enjoys advocating for his clients’ best interests, with an underlying goal to provide cost-effective and efficient resolution to every matter that he is involved in. His court experience includes appearing as lead and second counsel in numerous reported decisions. In 2019, Geoff was the lead counsel on a successful appeal of a Master’s decision that resulted in a clarification of the law regarding an accidental discharge of a mortgage (Crystal Wealth Management System Limited v JC Food Services Ltd., 2019 ABQB 59).
Other highlights of Geoff’s work include:
- Tokijarhpabi Holdings Ltd v Wildman, 2017 ABQB 277. A complex land dispute in which the Master in Chambers described it as having “all the twists and turns of a diabolical law school property exam.” (at para 2)
- Chris Baba Professional Corporation v Ronald C Witzke Professional Dental Corporation, 2017 ABQB 199. Lead counsel for a dispute between dental partners that upheld the appeal of a highly successful arbitral award, including solicitor client costs on behalf of Geoff’s clients.
- Summit Solar Drywall Contractors Inc v Alberta (Human Rights Commission), 2017 ABQB 215. With the assistance of students from Pro Bono Students Canada, Geoff was counsel for two contractors in defending an appeal of a Human Rights Commission Award in their favour on the basis of employer discrimination. The appeal was partly successful, and the matter was remitted back to the Human Rights Commission for further consideration. The resulting decision by the Human Rights Commission (Goossen v Summit Solar Drywall Contractors Inc., 2017 AHRC 20) was completely in favour of Geoff’s clients.
Geoff graduated from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in 2009. Prior to law school, Geoff obtained his BSc. (Honours) and MSc. in neuroscience from the University of Alberta in 1999 and 2002, respectively. While completing his studies, he had the opportunity to work as a child support worker for the Edmonton Women’s Shelter, volunteer on the Province’s 100th Anniversary Strategy Committee, and teach undergraduate students introductory cell biology. In 2001, Geoff received a certificate of excellence in teaching.
Following completion of his master’s degree, Geoff worked as a medical researcher in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Alberta under the tutelage of Dr. Edwin Daniel.
Geoff also volunteers his time as a supervising lawyer for the Pro Bono Students Canada Human Rights Project, a facilitator and evaluator for the CPLED program and an instructor for the University of Calgary’s Trial Advocacy Course. In 2016, Geoff was awarded an Outstanding Lawyer recognition by Pro Bono Students Canada.
"Are Contracts Enforceable Despite COVID-19? [Part 6]: The Principles of Causation"
JSSBarristers.ca, May 7, 2020
Co-Author (with Kaila Eadie)
JSSBarristers.ca, April 24, 2020
Co-Author (with Andrea MacLean)
JSSBarristers.ca, April 9, 2020
Co-Author (with William Katz)
“Workplace Accommodation for the Injured Worker: The Employer’s Duty”
Presented at the Lorman Education Services Seminar on Disability Claims Management (Calgary 2009, Edmonton 2009)
Co-Authored with Rob W. Armstrong
"Third Party Claims in Construction Disputes"
CBA Construction Law Section, October 2019
Co-Author (with Ryan Phillips and Andrea MacLean)