Duncan Craig LLP was established in Edmonton in 1894. The founding partners were 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, we 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, 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 a number of 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.
Currently, the main office in Edmonton occupies the top three floors of Scotia Place Tower 1 with offices also in Vegreville, Drayton Valley and Wetaskiwin. With approximately 50 lawyers and close to 100 support staff, Duncan Craig LLP is one of the largest law firms in Northern Alberta and is certainly one of the most well known. In addition to 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 services 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 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, Duncan Craig LLP created the Laurel Awards to honour non-profit organizations, on an annual basis, 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.
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.