British Columbia


University of Saskatchewan, JD

Canadian Bar Association

The Advocates Society

2020 - 2022

Benchmark Litigation
Future Star


Best Lawyers
Corporate and Commercial Litigation

2020 - 2021

Benchmark Litigation
Top 40 & Under Hot List

Ryan Phillips

Ryan is a partner at JSS Barristers. He practices in most areas of civil litigation and administrative law, focusing on corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence (non-medical), privacy and access to information, judicial reviews, construction, insurance, injunctions, and employment.

Ryan graduated from law school at the University of Saskatchewan, on the Dean’s List for academic excellence. In law school, he competed in the Gale Cup criminal-constitutional moot and he studied abroad for a semester at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia. He began his legal career by articling with a firm on Vancouver Island. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 2012 and practiced civil litigation and criminal law before he moved to Calgary and joined JSS Barristers in 2014.


Ryan acts for individuals, companies, and administrative bodies, including for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta in judicial reviews, and for the Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association in defence of professional negligence claims. He has successfully represented clients at all levels of courts in Alberta in a number of applications, trials, and appeals, and in the superior courts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. In addition, he regularly acts as counsel in commercial arbitrations, and in regulatory proceedings before administrative bodies and investigations.


"Protecting Privacy in the Era of AI"

National Magazine, Canadian Bar Association, March 16, 2021
Co-Author (with Matthew Scott)

"Contractual Interpretations and the 'Surrounding Circumstances' - Six Years After Sattva"
JSSBarristers.ca, June 9, 2020
Co-Author (with Kaila Eadie)

"Is My Business Covered for Insurance Losses Caused by COVID-19?"

JSSBarristers.ca, April 17, 2020
Co-Author (with Maureen McCartney-Cameron)

"Forum Shopping for Limitation Deadlines"

Statute of Limitations in International Commercial Claims, by David Franklin (Toronto, Ontario: Thomson Reuters, 2016), pp. 839-846
Co-Author (with Bryan Duguid QC, FCIArb)

"Third Party Claims in Construction Disputes"

CBA Construction Law Section, October 2019
Co-Author (with Geoff Boddy and Andrea MacLean)

Speaking Engagements

"Alberta Health Services sues Calgary mayoral candidate for $1.3M over threats to health-care workers", Global News Calgary (https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/5f0d7008-cbee-11eb-bf7e-0242ac110007/?jwsource=cl), June 12, 2021.