Carsten is a founding partner of JSS Barristers. His practice focuses exclusively on dispute resolution, with an emphasis on corporate and commercial litigation including commercial class actions, oil and gas disputes, shareholder disputes, multi-party litigation and arbitrations. Carsten has represented governments, airlines, major and independent oil and gas firms, and individuals, and he acts for the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association in defence of professional negligence claims and on coverage issues. Carsten serves on the Advisory Board of ALIEX, which is the reciprocal insurer providing coverage to Alberta lawyers.
Carsten is a member of the Canadian and Calgary Bar Associations, and has been accepted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Carsten frequently publishes papers, and teaches, on topics of interest to the profession.
In 1998, Carsten commenced a two-year leave of absence during which time he acted as senior legal officer and eventually team leader at the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The UNCC was established to process and resolve compensation claims arising from Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait. During Carsten's first year with the UNCC, he worked on the Kuwait Oil Company claim for oil losses resulting from the Kuwait oil well fires. Carsten was responsible for overseeing the quantification of the amount of oil lost, with the assistance of reservoir engineering experts. This claim is possibly the largest single oil and gas loss ever resolved.
Subsequently, Carsten was responsible for overseeing development of a consistent method for resolving the thousands of individual business loss claims filed with the UNCC as a result of the war. The methodology which Carsten and his team developed was adopted by the UNCC panel responsible for these claims, and has since been applied to thousands of similar claims. Carsten returned to JSS Barristers in the fall of 2000 to resume his civil litigation practice.
Carsten is a former managing partner of the firm. In 2005 Carsten was elected to a three year term as a bencher (director) of the Law Society of Alberta, which is the governing body for lawyers in Alberta, and was also awarded his Queen's Counsel designation that same year. Carsten served as President of the Law Society for a one-year term commencing February 2013. He was previously Chair of Finance, Chair of Credentials and Education, and for two years Chair of Conduct.
Carsten has a Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards - the highest rating given. Carsten has repeatedly been recognized in the Canadian Legal LExpert Directory as a leading practitioner in civil litigation, and is specifically recognized as a leading practitioner in Corporate Commercial Litigation, Class Actions, and Medical Negligence. In addition, Carsten is recognized and listed in "Best Lawyers in Canada", in Benchmark, and in Chambers Global.
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