Roy Cotton-O’Brien


T: 778-945-1473

Assistant Details

Nadia Walnicki
T: 778-945-1478

Roy delivers business-minded solutions to legal problems. He specializes in complex commercial disputes, including arbitrations, appeals, and insolvency matters. He has appeared in the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, and has experience in United States Federal Courts in Texas, New York, Delaware, and California. Prior to joining the firm, Roy practiced at a leading international law firm in New York City.

  • Judicial law clerk, Alberta Court of Appeal (2017-2018)
  • LLM, University of Cambridge, 2020
  • JD, University of Toronto, 2017
  • Hons. BA, McGill University, 2013


Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2022
  • New York, 2022
  • Oregon, 2021
  • Alberta, 2018
  • Ontario, 2018
  • Viscount Bennett Scholarship, University of Cambridge
  • Wolfe Goodman Award for best contribution to trust law by a young Canadian Lawyer, Ontario Bar Association
  • William Morrow Essay Contest, Alberta Law Society
  • Weil Pro Bono Service Award
Publications and Presentations
  • Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien and Calvin Hancock, “The (Ir)Revocable Right of Survivorship” (2020), 40 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 43
  • Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien and Calvin Hancock, “The Limits of Ledcor: Persisting Problems with the Interpretation of Standard Form Contracts” (2019), 62 Canadian Business Law Journal 35
  • Richard Bell and Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien, “Not Pleaded Matters” in Claude Marseille and Joe McArthur (eds), The Law of Objections in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019)
  • Richard Bell and Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien, “Statute of Frauds” in Claude Marseille and Joe McArthur (eds), The Law of Objections in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2019)
  • Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien, “Narrowing the Doctrine of Rectification in Canadian Law” (2018), 61 Canadian Business Law Journal 248
  • Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien, “A Trustee’s Fiduciary Duty to Disclose the Existence of a Trust” (2018), 37 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 251
  • Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien, “Unpacking the Meaning of Good Faith in Bhasin v Hrynew” (2018), 48 The Advocates’ Quarterly 473
  • Peter Roy Cotton-O’Brien, “A Case for Uniformly Abolishing the Rule Against Perpetuities in Canadian Trust Law” (2017), 36 Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal 230