Bennett Jones

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Bennett Jones LLP
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Headquarters Calgary and Toronto
No. of offices 9
No. of attorneys 360
No. of employees 550
Major practice areas Energy & Natural Resources, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Climate Change & Emissions Trading, Commercial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Taxation, Major Infrastructure Projects
Key people Hugh L. MacKinnon (Chairman and CEO)
Perry Spitznagel (Managing Partner - Calgary)
Stephen Bowman (Managing Partner - Toronto)
Timothy Ross (Managing Partner - Dubai)
George M. Vlavianos (Managing Partner - Doha)
Melanie L. Aitken (Managing Principal - Washington, DC)
R. B. Bennett (Founding Partner)
Maclean E. Jones (Named Partner)
Date founded 1922 (Calgary)
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website
www.bennettjones.com

Bennett Jones LLP is an international law firm with five offices in Canada (Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver), one in the UAE (Dubai), one in Qatar (Doha), and one in the USA (Washington, DC) (practising Canadian law only), with a representative office in China (Beijing). It has more than 900 lawyers and staff, including a former deputy prime minister of Canada, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and two former Canadian ambassadors to the United States of America.

Notable firm members and alumni[edit]

  • Rt. Hon. Viscount R. B. Bennett – Founding partner and former Prime Minister of Canada (1930-35) [1]
  • Maclean Jones ("Mac")– Named partner[1]
  • Hugh L. MacKinnon – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (formerly titled National Managing Partner) (January 1, 2005-present) [2]
  • David A. Dodge – Senior Advisor and former Governor of the Bank of Canada (2001-08) [3]
  • Allan Gotlieb, CC – Senior Advisor and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America (1981-89)[4]
  • Michael Kergin – Senior Advisor and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America (2000-05) [5]
  • E. Peter Lougheed PC, CC, QC – Counsel, Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and former Premier of Alberta
  • John C. Major ("Jack") – Counsel and former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1992–2005)[6][7]
  • Anne McLellan, PC, OC – Counsel, former Member of Parliament (1993–2006) and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (2003-06)[8]
  • Henry Grattan Nolan, MC - Former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1956-57)[9]
  • Sheridan Scott – Partner and former Canadian Commissioner of Competition (2004-09)[10]

History[edit]

Bennett Jones was founded in Calgary in 1922 with the dissolution of a 25-year partnership between R.B. Bennett and Sir James Alexander Lougheed (Lougheed, Bennett & Company) and the creation of the new partnership Bennett, Hannah & Sanford.[1]

  • 1922 – Bennett, Hannah & Sanford founded. The first partners were Richard Bedford Bennett, Alexander Hannah and Percy LeRoy Sanford. The first associates were Henry Grattan Nolan, Everett James Chambers, Orrin Henry Eyres Might and Louis Carnaby Ross Souter.
  • 1928 – Bennett, Nolan, Chambers & Might
  • 1939 – Mac Jones articles at Bennett, Hannah, Nolan, Chambers & Might
  • 1943 – Mac Jones returns to law from active duty in the Royal Canadian Navy
  • 1946 – Bennett, Nolan, Chambers, Might & Saucier
  • 1947 – With the Imperial Oil strikes in Leduc, Nolan, Chambers was called upon to help with matters relating to contracts and property law; First office in Edmonton, Alberta, opened
  • 1956 – Henry Grattan Nolan appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada
  • 1959 – Partners James V.H. Milvain and James H. Laycraft win the last Canadian appeal before the Privy Council in London, England (Wakefield v. Oil City [1959] 29 W.W.R. 638)
  • 1968 – Chambers, Saucier, Jones, Peacock, Black, Gain & Stratton
  • 1969 – Saucier, Jones, Peacock, Black, Gain, Stratton & Laycraft
  • 1971 – Saucier, Jones, Black, Gain, Stratton & Laycraft
  • 1974 – First office in Edmonton closed as Saucier Jones Black & Gain Stratton Laycraft sell Edmonton office to Stratton
  • 1975 – Jones, Black & Gain; James Herbert Laycraft appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (he became chief justice in 1985)
  • 1976 – Jones, Black & Company
  • 1979 – Jones & Company
  • 1980 – Bennett Jones
  • 1981 – Bill Britton made Managing Partner
  • 1982 – The firm returns to Edmonton, Alberta, opening an office
  • 1988 – Margaret Lemay becomes the first female partner of Bennett Jones
  • 1989 – Bennett Jones merges with Eastern tax firm Verchere, Noël & Eddy to become Bennett Jones Verchere, giving the firm offices in Toronto and Montreal
  • 1991 – Jack Major appointed to the Court of Appeal of Alberta (he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1992)
  • 1996 – Firm closes Ottawa office
  • 1998 – Firm closes Montreal office
  • 2004 – John D.B. McDonald appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta (he was appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and a member ex officio of the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 2006)[11]
  • 2005 – Clifton D. O'Brien, QC, appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Alberta[12]
  • 2006 – C. Michael Ryer appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal[13]
  • 2007 – Kristine Eisdvik, QC, and Jo'Anne Strekaf appointed as Judges of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta [14][15]
  • 2009 – Firm returns to Ottawa, ON; Steven K. D'Arcy appointed as a judge to the Tax Court of Canada[16]
  • 2010 – Bennett Jones opens a representative office in Beijing [17] and the first law office of Bennett Jones (Middle East) LLP in Dubai, making the firm the first Canadian law firm licensed to practice in the UAE[18]
  • 2011 – Bennett Jones opens an office in Abu Dhabi, its second office in the UAE[19]
  • 2012 – Bennett Jones opens an office Doha, Qatar, its third office in the Middle East[20]
  • 2013 - Bennett Jones closes Abu Dhabi office.
  • 2014 - Bennett Jones opens first office in the USA, in Washington, DC, exclusively practising "Canadian law with a focus on competition and antitrust, and issues confronting US and international businesses in Canada". [21]
  • 2014 - Bennett Jones opens Vancouver office [22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Batten, Jack (1997). A History of Bennett Jones Verchere. Bennett Jones Verchere. ISBN 0-9682994-0-7.
  2. ^ "Hugh L. MacKinnon Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "David Dodge Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Allan Gotlieb Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Michael Kergin Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jack Major Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Supreme Court of Canada Profile for John C. Major". Supreme Court of Canada. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Anne McLellan Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Supreme Court of Canada Profile for Henry G. Nolan". Supreme Court of Canada. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Sheridan Scott Profile". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Alberta Judicial Appointment Announced - September 18, 2006
  12. ^ Federal Court of Appeal Judicial Appointment Announced - May 13, 2005
  13. ^ Federal Court of Appeal Judicial Appointment Announced - October 27, 2006
  14. ^ Alberta Judicial Appointments Announced - April 27, 2007
  15. ^ Alberta Judicial Appointments Announced - November 30, 2007
  16. ^ Tax Court of Canada Appointment - April 29, 2009
  17. ^ Bennett Jones heads to China - September 28, 2010
  18. ^ First Canadian law firm opens in Financial Centre - November 3, 2010
  19. ^ Bennett Jones to open in Abu Dhabi - April 5, 2011
  20. ^ Bennett Jones opens third Gulf office - Mar 2, 2012
  21. ^ "Bennett Jones in Washington (Announced in 2013. Regulatory approvals complete in 2014.)". bennettjones.com. Bennett Jones. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  22. ^ Bennett Jones Opens New Office in Vancouver, British Columbia - June 10, 2014

Further reading[edit]

  • Saucier, J.J. (1982). The Bennett Firm: Revisited. Bennett Jones.
  • Batten, Jack (1997). A History of Bennett Jones Verchere. Bennett Jones Verchere. ISBN 0-9682994-0-7.

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