Fraser Milner Casgrain

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Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC)
Industry Law
Founded 1839
Headquarters Canada with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver

As of March 28, 2013, Fraser Milner Casgrain combined with Salans and SNR Denton to form Dentons.

Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) was one of Canada’s leading business, litigation and tax law firms. With more than 560 lawyers (175 litigators) it is the sixth largest law firm in Canada as well as the largest law firm in Western Canada.[1] FMC is a fully integrated national partnership with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. On November 8, 2012, it was announced that FMC would combine with international law firms SNR Denton and Salans to form the 7th largest law firm in the world, by number of lawyers and professionals.[2]


For more than 170 years, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) has grown organically and through mergers, the most notable being the 1998 merger between Fraser & Beatty (a Bay Street firm) and Alberta-based Milner Fenerty, to form Fraser Milner and its subsequent merger with Montreal-based Byers Casgrain in 2000 to form Fraser Milner Casgrain. The following list of dates can be found on FMC's website:[3]

  • 1839 — John Willoughby Crawford opens his law office in Toronto, the earliest predecessor of Fraser & Beatty.
  • 1916 — George Hobson Steer joins the Edmonton law firm of Rutherford, Jamieson & Grant, a predecessor of Milner Fenerty, and the firm is renamed Rutherford, Jamieson, Grant & Steer.
  • 1920 — Crombie, Worrell & Gwynne, Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries, a predecessor of Fraser & Beatty, becomes Worrell, Gwynne & Beatty, Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries.
  • 1921 — Hyndman, Milner & Matheson, a predecessor of Milner Fenerty, becomes Hyndman, Milner, Matheson, Carr & Dafoe.
  • 1945 — Milner, Steer, Poirier, Martland & Bowker, a predecessor of Milner Fenerty, becomes Milner, Steer, Dyde, Poirier, Martland & Bowker.
  • 1980 — J. Donald Mawhinney, Q.C. and Howard J. Kellough, Q.C. establish Mawhinney & Kellough in Vancouver.
  • 1989 — The Supreme Court of Canada rules that national law firms are allowed to do business in Canada, a ruling that would set the stage for the union of Fraser & Beatty with Mawhinney & Kellough, and later with Milner Fenerty and Byers Casgrain. The case was one of the earliest to deal with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • 1990 — Fraser & Beatty, Barristers & Solicitors, with offices in Toronto and Ottawa, merges with Mawhinney & Kellough in Vancouver under the name Fraser & Beatty. When Fraser & Beatty merged with Mawhinney & Kellough, it was one of the first law firm mergers in Canada after the 1989 ruling.
  • 1991 — Milner Steer joins Fenerty Robertson, becomes Milner Fenerty.
  • 1998 — Fraser & Beatty and Alberta-based Milner Fenerty, becomes Fraser Milner.
  • 2000 — On June 6, Fraser Milner, with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, merges with Byers Casgrain in Montréal to form Fraser Milner Casgrain.
  • 2013 — On March 28, Fraser Milner Casgrain merges with SNR Denton and Salans to form Dentons.


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