We trace Duncan Craig LLP's roots back to 1894 with our founding partners William Short, who later served as first Mayor of the City of Edmonton, and Charles Cross, who became the first Attorney General of the Province of Alberta. As one of the oldest law firms in Alberta, our lawyers have built our business on a continuous connection to our communities and our clients and work hard to live up to our long tradition of finding excellent solutions for our clients with a clear and compassionate focus.
Since our founding in 1894, our main office has had an established presence in the heart of Edmonton, never moving more than a few blocks from our current location in Scotia Place. In 1909 the firm moved to the very prestigious second floor of the Merchant's Bank Building, where Scotia Place now stands. From this move, the firm experienced steady growth for several years but, as with many businesses and professional firms in the City of Edmonton, did not go unscathed through the depression and the Second World War. As was consistent with the firm's character, the firm persevered and continued to build its business through these hard times by providing quality service and building connections within the community. This growth continued through the 1980's and early 1990's and was accelerated by mergers within the Edmonton area and in 1990 with a Vegreville law firm. In 2000 the firm became Duncan & Craig LLP. In 2006 another merger resulted in the opening of an office in Drayton Valley. In 2013 the firm name was changed to Duncan Craig LLP.
While our head office currently occupies the top three floors of Scotia Place Tower 1 in Edmonton, we also have an office in Drayton Valley. We have approximately 45 lawyers and close to 75 support staff that make up Duncan Craig LLP. Although our focus is on Alberta, we are able to provide legal services across Canada as among our lawyers are members of the bar in the provinces and territories of Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon. We also have relationships with numerous service providers in the United States and other countries.
Community has been at the centre of Duncan Craig LLP’s values since the firm’s inception in 1894 and the firm has always been an integral part of the provincial and civic communities. To celebrate 100 years of commitment to the community, in 1994, the lawyers at Duncan Craig LLP created the Laurel Awards to honour non-profit organizations in Edmonton and area, who further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. Winners continue to be honoured at an annual luncheon held in the fall of each year. At the 2004 luncheon, the firm was recognized by the Province of Alberta for its dedication to community service through the Laurel Awards. In 2013 we introduced the Staff Choice Award where Duncan Craig LLP staff were able to choose the winner of this new award. In 2016 we added another new award called the Audience Choice Award that was decided by a live vote at the luncheon. 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Laurel Awards to concide with the firm's 125th Anniversary which we will be celebrating throughout 2019.
Individually, the firm's past and present members have been and are heavily integrated into the Alberta community. A number of lawyers have been appointed as judges at the Provincial Court of Alberta and various superior court levels. Additionally, many lawyers, have served as MLAs, Aldermen, City Councillors and candidates for various elected offices at both the civic and provincial level as well as in a variety of volunteer roles for political parties at civic, provincial and federal levels. Finally, all lawyers and staff members are encouraged to, and many do, serve on a variety of community, athletic and charitable boards, organizations and service clubs. You will see by our community page that we are involved in many events throughout the year where we give back to our community through volunteering, donations, and the Laurel Awards.
In 2011 our firm undertook to define the values that have sustained our firm since 1894 and that will help guide us forward. These values are Relationships, Community, Expertise and Integrity. We committed as a law firm to do our best to provide innovative solutions to your legal problems through excellence in ethics, service and integrity.
In 2013 we adjusted our name from Duncan & Craig LLP to Duncan Craig LLP. This is a minor change, but one that we think acknowledges the evolution of our firm. Recently we have embarked on a rebranding exercise which has resulted in the new website you are looking at, a new logo, and some new messaging to the Alberta community about the solutions we are committed to providing and the values we are striving to live up to.
In 2015 we were honoured with two awards: Alberta’s Top 70 Employers and Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers. These competitions recognize employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work and forward-thinking human resources policies. We have won the Alberta's Top Employers Award every year since 2015.
In 2019 our firm celebrates 125 years of business in Edmonton. We are proud to achieve this milestone and look forward to sharing this celebration with our clients throughout the year.
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