Luigi A. Cusano

Luigi A. Cusano

Partner
Calgary: 403.776.3797
Fax 403.776.3800

Education

LLB, 1986
University of Calgary

Bar Admissions

Alberta, 1987

Overview

Luigi Cusano’s practice focuses on administrative, regulatory and environmental law and commercial litigation in the energy sector.

In the power sector, Lou has been involved in the restructuring of Alberta’s electricity sector and has experience in all aspects of both the regulated and the unregulated electricity sectors, including utility rates; cost of capital; market rules; reliability standards; energy price-setting plans; transmission, distribution and generation facilities (both renewable and non-renewable); cogeneration facilities; industrial systems; merchant transmission and generation; market surveillance investigations; and disputes regarding Alberta’s legislated Power Purchase Arrangements.

In the oil and gas sector, Lou’s regulatory experience includes pipelines (greenfield, conversion and toll-related issues), heavy oil/oilsands development, well licensing, off-target penalties, pooling, common processors and carriers, processing facilities, public consultation, facility proliferation, environmental matters, facility emissions, land reclamation, emergency response and surface rights.

Lou’s litigation experience includes many types of contractual disputes involving oil and gas industry issues, operating and royalty agreement disputes and other general matters. In addition, he has litigated electrical energy and facility–related issues. He has appeared before numerous regulatory tribunals, including the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, British Columbia Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeal Board, Alberta Surface Rights Board, National Energy Board and the Alberta Securities Commission. Lou also has experience litigating securities-related matters. He has appeared in all levels of Alberta courts and has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration.

Recognition

Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory law (2008-2017)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, energy: power (regulatory) (2016)

Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal—Energy (2016)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s GuideLeading lawyer in energy: power (regulatory) (2014-2016)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity) and energy (oil and gas) (2012-2014)

Insights

Privilege and Confidentiality in Canadian Energy Regulation

Panelist, Canadian Energy Law Forum, Toronto

Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Lou was a partner at a major Canadian law firm and its Calgary office managing partner for five years.

Lou has been an instructor in civil procedure, advocacy and trial preparation for the Law Society of Alberta Bar Admission course. He was a member of the Law Society of Alberta Civil Practice Advisory Committee and the Sub-Committee on Discovery Reform, and has lectured on behalf of the Legal Education Society of Alberta.

Community

Lou is a former member of the boards of directors of the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society, Theatre Calgary and the Glenlake Hockey Club. He was the president of the Elbow Park Minor Hockey Association and has coached minor hockey for a number of years.