John’s primary practice area is Corporate & Commercial Law. Since 1994, he has been an instructor at the Law Society of Alberta Bar Admission Course. He has served as chairperson and race director of the Edmonton Marathon, chairperson of the Board of the Excel Society, a governor of Grant MacEwan College, chairperson and race director for the Marathon and Race Walk events at the 2001 World Track & Field Championships, and president of the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton. In 2000, John received an Award of Excellence from Economic Development Edmonton and in 2004 he was given a Star Award by the Alberta Government as the adult Volunteer of the Year. John was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008.
Telephone: (780) 437-2240 ext. 222
Anthony D. Richard, Q.C.
Legal Education - University of Alberta, 1982
Bar Admission - Alberta, 1983
Tony’s primary practice area is Family Law. Over the past 30 years, he has appeared before all levels of the court in Alberta. Tony is a qualified mediator and also practices as a Collaborative Family Lawyer. For several years, he taught family law, chambers advocacy and legal writing with the Legal Education Society of Alberta. He currently teaches the High Conflict Parenting After Separation Course, serves on the Northern Appeals Committee of Legal Aid and volunteers with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. He has served as president of both the Royal Glenora Club and the Edmonton Whitemud PC Association. Tony was chairman of the tennis venue for the World Masters Games and was Tennis Alberta’s Volunteer of the Year in 2006. Tony was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010.
Telephone: (780) 437-2240 ext. 224
John Toogood, Q.C
John has had a solicitor’s practice since earning his law degree in 1993. Before that he worked in senior management at a large hospital in Halifax following obtaining his Masters…
He started his practice at a large downtown firm, then called Field & Field Perraton (now Field Law). After articling and working 3 years as an associate, mainly in corporate/commercial, he moved to start a firm on Edmonton’s south side in Weber Centre. From 1998 to the present, his office has been in Weber Centre. The firms have had a variety of names, including: “Richards Wood Toogood”, “Richards Hunter Toogood” and now “McGee Richard Toogood LLP”. His focus has been on helping families and small/medium business owners with their legal needs: real estate transactions (residential and commercial), estate planning and administration and corporate & commercial transactions and leasing.
In recent years, helping people with estate administration (probating Wills and advising executors) has taken on a greater significance as his clients increasingly face these situations. Additionally, advising in the charity and not-for-profit sector has expanded greatly as a result of working closely with Laird Hunter.
Telephone: (780) 437-2240 ext.
Legal Education - University of Alberta, 1988
Bar Admission - Alberta, 1989
Pat’s primary practice area is Family Law. Pat is a qualified mediator and Collaborative Family Lawyer. She is a member of the Association of Collaborative Law Professionals (Edmonton). Pat is committed to helping her clients find common concerns underlying their differences and generating solutions that are mutually satisfying, co-created and that meet the unique needs of each situation and family.
Telephone: (780) 437-2240 ext. 231
W. Laird Hunter
Based in Edmonton where for more than 30 years he has carried out a significant national practice in charity and non-profit law. Laird acts as general counsel, providing tax and corporate advice on a variety of charity and non-profit issues. He advises on establishing charities and non-profit organizations and works with them to address their organizational and governance concerns. He is regularly called on to advise charities and non-profit organizations on compliance and taxation matters under the Income Tax Act (Canada), as well as other relevant provincial tax regulations. He assists clients with charitable registration matters and with regulations relating to receipting of charitable foundations and expenditures of charitable funds.
Well known for his work in the field, Laird has twice acted as intervenor counsel before the Supreme Court, on Vancouver Immigrant Women and later in the AYSA case. Amongst other reform initiatives, Laird was a member of the Working Together task force, and an advisor to the Regulatory table as part of Voluntary Sector Initiative.