Even by the elevated standards of a high-powered lawyer, Brock Gibson had a big year. Gibson’s accustomed to big years, of course, and it was just four years ago that he was appointed the first Calgary-based chair of Blake, Cassels & Graydon – and, perhaps more importantly, the first Calgarian to chair a top-10 Canadian law firm from outside Toronto. But the past 12 months have more than validated the firm’s faith in him, as he’s had a successful year despite a softening economy and a slowing deal flow in the energy sector. Blake’s had a hand in two of the year’s biggest deals: the Imperial/Celtic tie-up and the massive – and massively complicated – CNOOC takeover of Nexen. Blake’s was named “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the second year in a row by influential legal publisher Chambers and Partners. It’s no wonder the shots for this national law firm are increasingly being called from Calgary.