Jared D. Epp

As a partner at Robertson Stromberg LLP, Jared practices civil litigation with a focus on construction, commercial, and insurance law.  He has appeared in provincial and superior courts throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and is actively involved in all elements of the process with a focus on arbitration and court-based proceedings.

Jared acts for a wide variety of clients, including owners, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and insurers. He has appeared in front of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, including on matters involving The Builders’ Lien Act as well on matters involving priority disputes in the context of receivership proceedings.

Jared completed his Juris Doctor of Law degree at the University of Saskatchewan with Great Distinction after completing a BA in Psychology (also with Great Distinction). His studies included a minor in Crime, Law, and Justice Studies.

Jared won the Douglas A. Schmeiser Prize for highest academic achievement in Constitutional Law and was a member of the winning team for the Sopinka Cup, an annual moot court trial competition between law schools in Canada. He also won an individual award for best cross-examination at this event. During his time at the College, Jared also acted as a student editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review.

Jared is a member of the Saskatoon Construction Association and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). He currently serves as treasurer for the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) and is the legal officer for the Saskatoon branch of Construction Specifications Canada. Jared acts as an editor for the Canadian Bar Association’s quarterly publication, Bar Notes. He also is the current chair of CBA Saskatchewan’s Construction and Infrastructure branch.

Jared has written articles for STLA’s The Advocate, the CBA’s Bar Notes, and for the Public Legal Education Association. His work has also been published in the Saskatchewan Law Review, Claims Canada, and Construction Specifications Canada.

Jared also developed and currently teaches a fully accredited university course in Construction Law for the University of Saskatchewan.

Jared regularly presents on legal issues to community as well as to industry, including the Saskatoon Construction Association,  the Canadian Bar Association, the College of Law, and Construction Specifications Canada.   His presentations have included topics such as The Builders’ Lien Act, insuring the construction project, bidding and tendering, and effective oral advocacy in the courtroom.

Some of the most recent significant cases that Jared has been involved with include:

  • Liquid Capital v. Mainline Industrial, 2019 SKCA 66.  Acting on behalf of a number of lien claimants, Jared successfully advanced a claim to holdback monies payable on a construction project, in a case involving insolvency, against a commercial factor and the Canadian Revenue Agency.
  • Carteri v. Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company, 2018 SKQB 150. As counsel for an insurer, Jared successfully obtained a judgment dismissing a claim brought by a landlord requesting coverage for a loss caused by a tenant on the basis of a “drug-production” exclusion clause.
  • National Bank of Canada v. KNC Holdings Ltd., 2017 SKCA 57. Acting on behalf of a number of contractors, Jared challenged the priority position of a bank in an insolvency proceeding. KNC Holdings is now the leading decision in Saskatchewan in relation to builders’ lien claims in insolvency proceedings, particularly in the context of lien claims against oil and gas proceeds.
  • Thompson v. O’Hara, 2016 SKCA 83. Representing a Power of Attorney, Jared was successful in overturning a judgment that had ordered the Power of Attorney to return farm land alleged to have been purchased at below market value. Thompson is the first decision released by the Court of Appeal to substantively consider the new powers and provisions granted by The Powers of Attorney Act, 2002.
  • Scott v. Seier Estate, 2016 SKCA 76. Jared successfully represented the Executor of an estate in defending a Court of Queen’s Bench decision which dismissed a claim for dependent’s relief made against a multi-million dollar estate.
  • Hunt Estate v. Hunt Estate, 2016 SKCA 63. Working on behalf of the Executor for an estate, Jared successfully defended a decision which refused to sever a joint tenancy created by a Will.
  • Grey Owl Engineering Ltd. v. Propak Systems Ltd., 2015 SKCA 108. As counsel for a procurement firm, Jared challenged the ability of a lien claimant to lien a modular oil extraction system. Propak is now the leading decision in Saskatchewan on the meaning of improvement.
  • Morozoff v. Fitness Focus Health & Athletic Centre, 2015 SKQB 89. Jared successfully brought a summary judgment application on behalf of an insurer for dismissal of a claim. Morozoff is the first case in Saskatchewan in which an insurer successfully used a summary judgment application to dismiss a claim founded in occupier’s liability.


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