University of Saskatchewan, JD
Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates Society
Awards & Recognition
2022 - 2023
Corporate and Commercial Litigation
2020 - 2022
Top 40 & Under Hot List
2020 - 2022
Ryan Phillips 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, and insurance.
Ryan graduated from law school at the University of Saskatchewan, achieving a Dean’s List standing 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 was called to the British Columbia bar in 2012 before he moved to Calgary and joined JSS Barristers in 2014. Since 2021, Ryan has been a guest lecturer for the civil procedure law class at the University of Calgary.
Civil Litigation Career
Ryan acts for a wide variety of 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 in many commercial arbitrations and at all levels of courts in Alberta in various applications, trials, and appeals, and in the superior courts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Ryan has also successfully defended against leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2022, Ryan was recognized for his Corporate and Commercial Litigation practice by Best Lawyers. Since 2020, he has been named Future Star, every year, by Benchmark Litigation. Previously, he was named on Benchmark Litigation's Top 40 & Under Hot List.
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)
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)
"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.