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McLennan Ross is a well established law firm committed to serving the legal needs of Albertans and Northerners. Founded over 100 years ago, McLennan Ross has grown today to more than 100 lawyers and an extensive support staff, with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife.

Featuring the largest and most experienced management-side Labour & Employment practice group in Alberta and the North, one of the West's premier Litigation groups and a solid team of Corporate Commercial Securities professionals, McLennan Ross has a reputation for client service excellence and substantial experience and expertise in a number of practice areas.

Over the years, McLennan Ross and its legal professionals have been involved in numerous landmark cases, at all levels of the Canadian judicial system including the Supreme Court of Canada. The outcomes of these cases have often had a profound effect on the legal framework in which many businesses operate today.

Led by senior partners Rod McLennan, Q.C. (recognized by Lexpert as one of the Top 25 Commercial Litigators in Canada) and Dave Ross, Q.C. (Alberta's most experienced labour and employment lawyer), McLennan Ross lawyers are capable of providing assistance on just about any legal issue in a cost effective and efficient manner.

What separates McLennan Ross from other law firms is our ability to see "beyond the law" - recognizing and appreciating how legal difficulties can significantly impact a client's life and their business. Strategic thinking, grounded in a solid understanding of the realities of the business world and basic common sense, is a hallmark of McLennan Ross.

McLennan Ross clients include businesses of all sizes, from virtually every sector of the economy, along with individuals, not-for-profit organizations and governments. These clients reside and conduct business throughout Western Canada, the North and around the world.

Our success comes from the results we secure on behalf of our clients, and that continues to be the measure of our firm and our people.

McLennan Ross is a member of Meritas, a global network of business law firms that deliver localized service of the highest quality on a fully coordinated basis. Meritas firms are chosen not only for their high level of legal expertise, but also because of their business acumen. Before a membership invitation is extended, Meritas verifies that the firm offers the full complement of litigation and corporate services necessary to handle business matters in any industry. Additionally, Meritas members must undergo a regular recertification process.

Through the Meritas network McLennan Ross can provide clients with the personal attention, fee value and regional expertise provided by a mid-size firm on a global basis, with access to more than 170 member firms in over 60 countries.

Additional information on Meritas can be found at www.meritas.org.

With offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife, McLennan Ross is an established law firm committed to serving the legal needs of our clients in Alberta and the North.

Founded over 100 years ago, the McLennan Ross tradition of providing top quality, cost-effective legal services began in Edmonton with the founding of Wallbridge and Cairns. By World War II, the firm had grown to 10 lawyers including, W.S. (Stan) Ross, the first of three generations of Ross lawyers to serve under the firm’s banner.  In the early 1960s, Rod McLennan joined Stan Ross and the firm eventually became McLennan Ross (for details on the history of the firm's name click here).

The 1970s were a period of growth and influence. The firm acted for high profile clients including the Government of Alberta, Gainers, Keen Industries, Syncrude and the Alberta Housing Corporation. With these noteworthy clients and cases came increased media attention, recognition and growth.

The firm established its reputation early as leaders in litigation and labour and employment law. Our work in these areas established and solidified our standing in the legal community. These practice areas served as the building blocks for future growth and today the firm boasts over 15 diverse practice areas.

In 1978, in order to be more accessible to our clients, the firm moved into the West Chambers Building (now the McLennan Ross Building) in Edmonton where we remain today. In the 1990s, McLennan Ross expanded by opening an office in downtown Calgary, followed by an office in Yellowknife, to serve our clients in those cities. McLennan Ross has grown to more than 100 lawyers and an extensive support staff.

Over the years, McLennan Ross legal professionals have been involved in numerous landmark cases at all levels of the Canadian judicial system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. The outcomes of these cases have often had a profound effect on the legal framework in which many businesses operate today.

McLennan Ross is recognized by Canadian Lawyer as one of the top ten regional law firms in western Canada. McLennan Ross lawyers are consistently recognized and ranked in legal directories and publications, including  Best Lawyers in Canada and  Martindale-Hubbell, as top practitioners in their fields of law.

Our reputation is determined by the results we secure on behalf of our clients, and that continues to be the measure of our firm and our people. McLennan Ross lawyers have established a reputation for aggressively and thoroughly pursuing their clients’ interests at every level of Canada’s judicial system.

What separates McLennan Ross from other law firms is our ability to see “beyond the law” – recognizing and appreciating how legal difficulties can significantly impact a client’s life and their business. Strategic thinking, grounded in a solid understanding of the realities of the business world and basic common sense, is a hallmark of McLennan Ross.


We are proud of the external recognition we have gained through the awards and accolades we have received. Below is a selection of our most recent achievements:

Chambers Global 2017

  • Employment & Labour - Canada

Chambers Canada 2017

  • Nationwide, Labour & Employment
  • Nationwide, Environment
  • Alberta, Corporate/Commercial: Highly Regarded
  • Alberta, Dispute Resolution
  • Alberta, Employment & Labour
  • Northern Canada and the Arctic, General Business Law

The Legal 500 Canada 2017

  • Dispute Resolution - Alberta
  • Environment
  • Labour & Employment
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