Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP

Barristers & Solicitors

Calgary, Alberta

(403) 265-7777

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Ryan C. Penner

(403) 750-1158

Ryan joined Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP in 2012.

Ryan articled with the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench in 2004 and 2005. He completed his articles at one of Calgary's oldest and largest law firms at which he had been a summer student. He was called to the bar in 2005. After a yearlong educational leave of absence, during which he completed his Master of Law degree at Cambridge University, he returned to practice at that firm until joining our team at Dunphy Best Blocksom.

Ryan practices in the area of general commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in the areas of commercial real estate, restaurant, hospitality and entertainment, intellectual property and employment. In addition, Ryan practices in the area of administrative law.

Ryan has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta as well as before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench. Ryan has also acted as associate counsel to the Alberta Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry, as advisor to the Alberta Human Rights Commission and has appeared before various other provincial and federal administrative boards and tribunals. Those tribunals include the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Workers' Compensation Board, the Municipal Government Board and related tribunals, the Canada Transportation Agency, the Beverage Container Management Board and the Safety Codes Council of Alberta.

Hospitality and Entertainment

Ryan has a wide variety of expertise in the hospitality and entertainment industries. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ryan worked in many roles within those industries. Specifically, he has worked as a bar manager, restaurant manager, production assistant, stage manager and in other roles relating to live music production. Ryan also has experience operating his own independent record label.

Ryan has assisted his clients with issues including general contract matters, shareholders' disputes, occupier's liability matters and matters involving intellectual property and artist mobility.

As a result of his experience, Ryan is uniquely positioned to assist his clients in all facets of their business and with any challenge they may face.

Administrative Law

Ryan also has extensive experience assisting his clients in dealing with administrative tribunals and in ensuring that they are properly treated by those agencies. Specifically, Ryan has advised a wide variety of his clients on both substantive and procedural issues to ensure that his clients are treated fairly by all government agencies.

Ryan sat on the Board of Directors of the Women in Need Society for a number of years and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the New Black Music and Arts Centre. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing soccer, skiing and reading.

Law Practice

  • General Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law


Called to the Bar

  • Alberta - 2005



  • University of Alberta, B.A., 2000
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B., 2004
  • University of Cambridge, LL.M. 2006



  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association


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