Howard A. Gorman, KC

Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Howard A. Gorman, KC

Howard A. Gorman, KC


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Howard Gorman practises primarily in the areas of insolvency and restructuring and civil litigation. His practice has developed with emphasis on workout and recovery, insolvency, oil and gas and commercial disputes.

Mr. Gorman has acted on behalf of numerous secured and unsecured creditors, insolvent or financially challenged corporations and individuals and insolvency practitioners in their capacity as receivers, trustees and monitors. His practice has resulted in numerous reported appearances at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal of Alberta, as well as the bankruptcy courts in Alberta, Ontario and other provinces throughout Canada.

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LL.B., University of Alberta, 1985

  • Alberta 1986

Clients for whom Mr. Gorman has acted include:

  • Mountain Equipment Co-op in its successful CCAA restructuring
  • Secured Creditor/Supplier/Support Party in the Just Energy CCAA/US Chapter 15 proceedings
  • Court-appointed receivers of Mosaic Energy, Eagle Energy, Twin Butte Energy, LGX Oil + Gas, Regent Resources and Reid Built Homes
  • Connacher Oil and Gas Limited with respect to its Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) restructuring
  • Monitors of Gasfrac Energy Services, Kaisen Energy, North American Lamb Company and Entrec Oilfield Group
  • Secured lenders of Lone Pine Resources Ltd., Sprague-Rosser Contracting, Tervita Corporation, CHC Helicopters, Q'Max Energy, Palliser Oil and Gas, Jam Hospitality and Glenogle Energy
  • Southern Pacific Resources and Poseidon Concepts Corp. in their CCAA proceedings
  • OPTI Canada Inc. and BA Energy Inc. in their CCAA/CBCA restructurings
  • Calpine Canada and Enron Canada bondholders committees
  • Air Canada and Blue Range Resources ad hoc unsecured creditors’ committees


  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018-2024 
  • The Legal 500 Canada: Restructuring and Insolvency (Leading Individuals), 2019-2024 
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2016-2024 
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Litigation Star 2021-2024
  • International Financial Law Review 1000, Canada: Restructuring and insolvency (Highly Regarded), 2016-2023 
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2006-2023; Banking and Finance, 2010-2023; Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2018-2023; Corporate Law, 2021-2023
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - Restructuring & Insolvency 2014-2015, 2020
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2014 (now King's Counsel)
  • The Lawdragon 500, Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers
  • Benchmark Canada: recognized as a local litigation star in Alberta; Litigation star in Canada in Insolvency
  • The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers
  • PLC Which Lawyer?: Restructuring and Insolvency (Canada)
  • “Cross Border Restructuring is a First” (co-author), The Lawyers Weekly.
  • “Post Mortem on Recent Canadian Business Failures: Collections, Bankruptcy and Arrangements.”
  • “Recovery, Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Arrangements in Canada.”  
  • “Calpine: Cross Border Review and Approval of Inter-Debtor Claims,” Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference.
  • “Challenges and Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry” (moderator), Turnaround Management Association, Toronto Symposium.
  • “Interim Receivers & Novel and Traditional Applications,” The Canadian Institute.
  • “Lessons from Enron and Canadian Legal Update,” International Energy Credit Association.
  • “International Insolvencies,” Lorman Institute.
  • “Lessons from Blue Range,” International Energy Credit Association.
  • “Technical Update,” Canadian Insolvency Practitioners Association.
  • “Interim Receivers & Novel and Traditional Applications,” The Canadian Institute.
  • “Post-Mortem on Recent Canadian Business Failures,” International Energy Credit Association.
  • “Update on Insolvency Issues,” Petroleum Accountants Society of Canada.
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Moot Court Justice, University of Calgary Trial Advocacy Course
  • Instructor, Creditor Rights, Alberta Bar Admissions Course
  • Oral examiner, Trustee Licensing Board