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In Memoriam

John M. Hope, KC

The lawyers and staff of Duncan Craig LLP lost a loved and revered colleague, mentor and friend, John M. Hope, KC, on December 28, 2022. Mr. Hope was a pillar of Duncan Craig LLP, steadfastly serving the firm and innumerable clients since 1968.

Mr. Hope will be remembered as a dynamic and strategic advisor with an ever-sharp wit. In his 53 years of practice, he contributed greatly to the growth and education of generations of lawyers and was well respected by all in the legal community. He will be remembered as a “lawyer’s lawyer” with an exceptional ability to parse through any matter before him.

Mr. Hope leaves behind his loving wife, three sons and their partners, six grandchildren and numerous family and friends. We send our thoughts to them during this difficult time.

Litigator, cowboy, role model. He will be irreplaceable.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Hope’s memory can be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

John M. Hope, KC was the senior member of Duncan Craig LLP's litigation group. His practice focused primarily on commercial litigation, insurance law, labour law, product liability and alternative dispute resolution.

In 2011, John was inducted as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America which recognizes accomplishment in litigation and limits its membership to 3,500 fellows. Throughout his career, he was also recognized by Best Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field.

John was a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He regularly appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Yukon, Supreme Court of Saskatchewan, Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, Court of Appeal of the Northwest Territories, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

John served as a lecturer and panelist for numerous organizations including the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association, and the Edmonton Legal Forum. He was also the former Executive Member of the Edmonton Bar Association, former Director of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association and a Director and past President of the Canadian Team Cattle Penning Association.

John M. Hope, KC was named for Best Lawyers' 2019 and 2012 Edmonton Product Liability Law Lawyer of the Year, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 in the field(s) of Corporate and Commercial Litigation law, Insurance law and Product Liability law. John had been recognized for this each year since 2006. In 2017, John was rated AV Preeminent, which is the highest qualification that Martindale-Hubbell can bestow upon a lawyer.

Years of Call: Alberta, 1969
Years of Call: Northwest Territories, 1976
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