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McLennan Ross LLP

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Managing Partners: Stephen Livingstone
Number of partners: 65
Number of lawyers: 107
Languages: English, German, French, Japanese, Arabic, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Committed to meeting the legal needs of its business clients, McLennan Ross takes pride in serving Alberta and the North for over a century. Having grown to more than 100 lawyers and an extensive support staff, with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife, a hallmark of the firm is strategic thinking, grounded in a solid understanding of the realities of the business world, and basic common sense. McLennan Ross clients are organisations of all sizes, from virtually every sector of the economy, including local, provincial and federal governments, and not-for-profit entities. These clients operate throughout Western Canada, the North, and around the world. McLennan Ross is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services, and strives to deliver value based on client objectives. It is proud of its commitment to collaboration, communication, integrity, and honesty. McLennan Ross holds a philosophy of understanding its clients’ operations, and provides practical, effective, and timely advice as well as fierce advocacy.

Practice Areas:
-Corporate Commercial Securities
-Education Energy, Environment & Regulatory
-Immigration Insurance & Risk Management
-Labour & Employment
-Occupational Health & Safety
-Restructuring & Insolvency
-Wills & Estates

Main Areas of Practice:


In the construction industry, the old adage 'time is money' is especially true. Successful resolution of construction law disputes often requires innovative approaches from experienced professionals who can quickly get to the heart of the matter and develop practical solutions to complicated problems. McLennan Ross has a team of legal professionals who have the required industry experience, knowledge and background to provide great value to its clients. Its construction team draws upon the expertise of the firm’s top litigators, insurance law practitioners and talented corporate commercial lawyers, as well as the firm’s extraordinary litigation support staff.

Corporate Commercial Securities:
McLennan Ross’ corporate commercial lawyers are highly regarded for their wealth of exper-ience acting for businesses of all sizes in all major sectors, including government. The team assists in bylaw drafting, contract drafting and negotiation, the sale and acquisition of land, and leases. It also has experience in the creation, acquisition, management, growth, expansion, reorganisation, sale and wind-up of private corporations, public companies, joint ventures and limited partnerships of all types and sizes. The team also includes taxation lawyers with the expertise to assist in the income tax issues arising in commercial transactions.

Environmental, Energy & Regulatory:
McLennan Ross has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of regulatory processes. The members of its EER Practice Group have earned an exceptional reputation in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut for offering responsive, creative and cost effective solutions to important energy, resources and environment related transactions, hearings and disputes. Its reputation in the litigation arena is second to none, and its lawyers are supported by an array of experienced paralegals using the latest litigation management software. McLennan Ross EER lawyers regularly assist clients with compliance, release reporting, climate change regulation, greenhouse gas offsetting, environmental risk assessment, regional land use planning, water use and conservation, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations.

The insurance team at McLennan Ross has significant experience advising self-insuring organisations, insurance companies, brokers, adjusters, and syndicates defending all types of claims at all levels. The team has a solid appreciation of the requirements of self-insuring organisations and provides standardised, timely reporting. The firm has an unparalleled level of litigation defence counsel in Alberta in both breadth and experience.

Labour & Employment:
McLennan Ross is recognised as Western Canada’s leading labour and employment firm acting on behalf of employers. Its experience gives its clients the benefit of receiving decisive answers in real time, rather than having to wait for research or uncertain solutions. The team’s depth provides the benefit of having the right level of lawyer to address the needs of each client, whether large or small. Today, the firm has more combined experience, more lawyers actively practicing in this area, and have done more advanced labour work on behalf of employers in Alberta and the North than any other firm. With a team of over 35 lawyers in the firm that practice in this area, it is well suited to meet all manner of labour and employment issues.

Dispute resolution is a principal practice of McLennan Ross. At least 75% of its lawyers are engaged in some form of advocacy including commercial litigation, arbitration, regulatory, aboriginal, employment, labour, and various other areas of litigation. It recognises that many clients wish to avoid trial and the team of experienced litigators work with clients using alternative dispute resolution methods and other appropriate innovative measures, to develop a strategy that best meets clients' business objectives and will result in practical solutions to complicated problems. It is not always possible to conclude litigious matters amicably. McLennan Ross has experience pursuing matters through trial and has established a reputation for aggressively and thoroughly pursuing its clients’ interests at every level of Canada’s judicial system.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
McLennan Ross advises various levels of government, all types of businesses, chartered banks, private lenders, and insolvency accounting firms. It offers solutions which allow clients to focus on the issues which matter the most. The members of the Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group are among the most experienced, active and respected in the Province, and continue to work on some of the largest and most complex restructuring and realisation proceedings in Alberta.