A Tradition of Professional Service
The lawyers of Birdsell Grant LLP have provided legal advice and service to the people and businesses of Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Parkland County, Edmonton and surrounding communities since the firm was established in 1984 and have recently expanded to Whitecourt and surrounding area. We believe in a practical, proactive approach to the law. This strategic, forward-thinking approach to our firm means that while we are answering your immediate questions, we are also thinking ahead to plan for the continued success of your business. We have developed a well-earned reputation for delivering the highest quality legal services and counsel to our clients. Our experience and expertise continues to earn us the role of trusted counsel to clients in every type of commercial transaction. We represent individuals, private and public clients of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy.
Our tradition of professional, committed and accessible lawyers and staff has earned us a reputation for providing the highest quality of service to our clients and our community. Client service remains the principal goal of our firm. We believe that the way we have applied our foundation values in firm management and governance is an important reason for our success in satisfying client needs, and that success – in satisfying client needs – is theprimary reason for our growth.
The firm opened its doors in July, 1984 when Michael Birdsell and his assistant Kim Marshall (now office manager) established a sole practice in the same location on Main Street in Stony Plain now occupied by Birdsell Grant LLP.
In May of 1985, less than a year later, Mike was joined by Alastair Grant and the two law school classmates first operated their partnership under the name “Birdsell Grant” with Kim now secretary and manager for 2 lawyers. Alastair and Mike practiced in all areas of law for 6 more years until they were joined by Charles Gardner in 1991. The firm was known as Birdsell Grant Gardner and began to develop its expertise working with families, family businesses and municipal governments in Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Parkland County and Edmonton.
During this period (and continuing to today) the partners of the firm were very active in community service and volunteer organizations, holding leadership positions in the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove Rotary Clubs, the Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce, the Alberta Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Agricultural Society, the Alberta Summer Games, the Alberta Winter Games and a host of other local and provincial volunteer and professional organizations.
Mike, Alastair and Charlie welcomed Janet Morck into the partnership in 2001. The firm came to be known as Birdsell Grant Gardner Morck from 2001 to 2009 when Janet retired.
Also in 2001 partner Ray Frayne emigrated from South Africa and joined the firm, first as a student, then as an associate lawyer and finally, in 2005, as a partner of the firm. Ray has continued the firm’s tradition of volunteer community service, serving as President of the Stony Plain Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the Alberta Winter Games Society and member of the Parkland After Dark Rotary Club.
In 2010, after 19 years as a partner, Charlie Gardner received an appointment to the Provincial Court of Alberta, where he now sits. His chair was soon filled by Ziad Sheena, who became a partner on January 1, 2011. Ziad first worked at the firm as a student during law school, then as an articling student and eventually as an associate lawyer before joining the partnership. The firm reverted to its original name “Birdsell Grant” in 2010.
On December 31, 2014, Michael Birdsell retired from active practice. He remains with the firm as Counsel, contributing to client projects and matters in areas of practice of special interest, including Wills and Estates and Estate Planning, corporate reorganizations and transactions. Over the course of 34 years of practice, including 30 years as the founding member of Birdsell Grant LLP, Mr. Birdsell set a standard for providing practical legal advice, and established a tradition of making positive contributions within the tri-municipal community. The staff and lawyers at Birdsell Grant LLP are dedicated to continuing these traditions and upholding the firm’s strong reputation within the community.
From July, 1984 the firm of one lawyer and one assistant has grown to be a firm of 36 individuals, with 12 lawyers and a staff of 24. We are proud to continue serving many of the businesses and families (and their children and grandchildren) who were clients more than 25 years ago, and we continue to volunteer our time and services to a wide range of community, service and professional organizations.