Fred Kozak Q.C.

Partner, Litigation Team Leader

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1976 – B.A., University of Alberta
1981 – LL.B., University of Alberta
1982 – Admitted to the Alberta Bar
2008 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel
2009 – Admitted to the Northwest Territories Bar
2010 – Admitted to the Yukon Bar

Practice Areas

Administrative Law, Constitution & Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Litigation, Media & Defamation Law, Professional Regulatory, Labour & Employment


Fred carries on a civil litigation practice with an emphasis on constitutional law, media and defamation issues, and employment and administrative proceedings. He is admitted to the bar in Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Fred represents several national news organizations, and provides pre-publication advice to print, broadcast and web-based media outlets, as well as book publishers. Fred has been counsel in several cases where the Charter has been used to strike down provincial or federal legislation, and has appeared in all levels of the courts of Alberta and in the Supreme Court of Canada. Fred’s major media clients include:

  • Edmonton Journal
  • CBC
  • Globe and Mail
  • CTV
  • National Post
  • Canadian Press
  • Broadcast News
  • Lethbridge Herald
  • Medicine Hat News
  • Post Media
  • Great West Newspaper Group

Associations & Memberships

  • Edmonton Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
  • Law Society of Northwest Territories
  • Law Society of Yukon
  • Roster Member, Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad Idem)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers

Awards & Achievements

  • The Best Lawyers™ in Canada, Defamation & Media Law (2006 – 2022)
  • Acritas Stars – Independently Rated Lawyer (2020-2021)
  • Recognized as a Leading Practitioner in the area of Litigation – Defamation & Media by the Canadian Legal Expert Directory (2009-2021)
  • Recognized as a leading cross-border litigation lawyer in the area of Defamation & Media in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US / Canada Cross-board Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2013 – 2017)
  • Recipient of the Award of Honorary Membership in the Alberta Dental Association and College (2010)
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers – Washington, DC (2010)
  • Recipient of the Champion’s Award by the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (2008)

Educational Leadership

  • Past Sessional Lecturer, Grant MacEwan University: “The Law and the Media”
  • Past Lecturer, University of Alberta: Employment Law

Community Involvement

  • Founding Director, Edmonton Police Foundation
  • Past Board Chair, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Past President, Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad Idem)