Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathon Denis has announced that Stony Plain lawyer Michael Birdsell was one of 114 lawyers in Alberta appointed by Cabinet as “Queen’s Counsel” on December 31, 2013. This honorary designation recognizes individual members of the Alberta Bar for their contribution to professional, community and service organizations. The practice dates back to the 16th century, and the first appointments were made in 1841, pre-confederation, in Upper Canada. Historically lawyers appointed Queen’s Counsel (or King’s Counsel) were considered able to represent and advise the Crown in legal matters.
Birdsell’s appointment coincides with the 30th anniversary of the founding of Birdsell Grant LLP. In 1984 the office opened with Mr. Birdsell and his assistant (and now officer manager) Kim Marshall, and they were joined by Alastair Grant in 1985. The firm now has 10 lawyers and a staff of 25 serving the legal needs of the Tri-Municipal area.
Since his admission to the Bar in 1981 Mr. Birdsell has been active in leadership positions in many organizations, including the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, the Stony Plain and Alberta Chamber of Commerce, the Multicultural Centre and various other professional, community, sporting and service organizations. You can read more about Mr. Birdsell’s background and involvement in the community here (link to bio).
From everyone at Birdsell Grant LLP: congratulations, Mike, on a very well-deserved honour.