Brett Anderson

Contact Info

Co-managing Partner

+1 (403) 260-5637


Calgary, Alberta

With extensive tax law experience, Brett specializes in corporate tax planning, focusing on public reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, international tax and dispute resolution.

Brett is ranked as a Canadian Lexpert® leading lawyer, shaping tax and business strategies as one of our co-managing partners in Calgary. He is consistently recognized as a leading tax lawyer by Best Lawyers in Canada and most recently named in Lexpert’s American Lawyer Guide to Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Holding his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees, he brings deep technical knowledge and problem-solving skills, allowing him to achieve the best results for his clients. He also gives back to the community as a board member for Pro Bono Law Alberta.

Brett shares his tax law knowledge and expertise both as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and as a speaker at a variety of tax conferences, seminars and industry association meetings.


  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 2004
  • Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice John C. Major at the Supreme Court of Canada, 2003-2004
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (with Distinction), University of Calgary, 2003
  • Awarded the William A. McGillivray Gold Medal in Law
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), University of Calgary, 1998

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Board Member, Pro Bono Law Alberta (former Vice-chair)
  • Former Board Chair, Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre (CLERC)
  • Past Chair, Taxation Non-Specialists Sub-Section, Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
  • Member of Counsel, International Fiscal Association, Canadian Branch
  • Member of Canadian Tax Foundation

Publications and Presentations

  • Co-Authored, Overview of Canadian Fiscal and Tax Administrative Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Bulletin for International Taxation, Vol. 74, No. 8, July 2020
  • Co-Presenter, “Review and Update on the Canadian Transfer Pricing Regime and Emerging Global Issues”, FF Tax Series, October 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Review and Update International Outbound Taxation”, FF Tax Series, May 2019
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Annual Conference “Mobility and Executive Compensation”, 2019
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Annual Conference Practitioner’s Forum, 2016
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Annual Conference “Practical Implementation Issues Arising from the Foreign Affiliate Dumping Rules”, 2014
  • International Fiscal Association, 2014 Joint Canada – USA International Tax Seminar, “Recent U.S. and Canadian Cases Dealing with International Tax Matters”, May 2014
  • Canadian Bar Association, Tax Specialists, “Hot Topics in International Tax”, January 2014
  • Step Canada, Annual Conference, “Aggressive Tax Reporting”, 2013
  • Tax Executives’ Institute, “Current Cases”, 2013
  • Canadian Tax Foundation – Annual Conference “The Taxation of Employee Compensation”, 2013
  • Sessional Professor of Tax Law, Faculty of Law, the University of Calgary, 2009 to 2012
  • Canadian Tax Foundation – Annual Conference “The Taxation of Employee Compensation”, 2012
  • Canadian Petroleum Tax Society – Fall Lecture Series “Limits on Deferral Partnerships”, 2011
  • Canadian Tax Highlights, “Partnership Income Deferral Limited”, 2011
  • Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, Annual Conference, “Executive Compensation: Issues in a Falling Market”, 2009
  • Tax for the Owner Manager, “Lipson: Certainty and Predictability or Certainly Unpredictable”, 2009
  • 26th Annual C.A. Small Practitioners Forum, Banff, Alberta, “Selected 2009 Tax Cases”, 2009
  • 25th Annual C.A. Small Practitioners Forum, Banff, Alberta, “Income Tax Update”, 2008
  • Canadian Tax Foundation Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, “An Introduction to Outbound Investment”, 2008
  • Canadian Bar Association, Tax Non-Specialists, “Taxation of Partnerships”, 2007
    24th Annual C.A. Small Practitioners Forum, Banff, Alberta, “Recent Tax Cases”, 2007
  • Canadian Petroleum Tax Society – Fall Lecture Series, “Dissolution of a Partnership”, 2006
  • Sessional Professor of Trust Law, Faculty of Law, the University of Calgary, 2006 and 2007

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