Since its founding in 1922, Bennett Jones has cultivated leadership for the legal, business and political worlds.

The firm's talented and ambitious partners have helped define the development of government, justice and industry in Canada within a global community.

Among the firm's lawyers past and present are a Canadian prime minister and deputy prime minister, a provincial premier, federal and provincial cabinet members, two Canadian ambassadors to the United States, two Supreme Court Justices, a deputy minister and deputy attorney general of the Department of Justice, a Court of Appeal appointee, several chief justices of federal and provincial courts, numerous appointees to provincial supreme court and the Court of Queen's Bench, a former governor of the Bank of Canada, several chairmen of securities commissions and a president of the Canadian Bar Association.

Richard Bedford Bennett, P.C., K.C.

Richard Bedford Bennett, P.C., K.C.

A ferocious advocate for clients, R.B. Bennett came to Calgary from New Brunswick in 1897. Over the next 24 years, he built his legal practice, the town, the territory and the foundation businesses of the region. In 1922, Bennett founded what would become Bennett Jones. In 1930, he was elected Prime Minister of Canada. Bennett retired to Britain in 1938 and was elevated to the peerage as Viscount Bennett by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Photo (L-R): William Parslow, R.B. Bennett, and Patrick Burns at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, July 1928, Glenbow Archives (NB-16-175)

Maclean (Mac) Jones Q.C.

Mac Jones was a gentleman, a stellar lawyer and a Canadian patriot. He was a pillar of the legal profession, the community and our firm, to which he gave his name. Hired by R.B. Bennett, he joined the firm in 1939 before volunteering for the Royal Canadian Navy. After six years at war on the North Atlantic, he returned to our firm and became the country’s leading oil and gas lawyer. He was the first person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law Society of Alberta, which also honoured him in 2010 as the first member to celebrate 70 years of service.

Maclean (Mac) Jones Q.C.

Serving the Court

Serving the Court

Following on R.B. Bennett's tenacity in the court room, Bennett Jones has been blessed with some of the best legal minds in Canada. The Honourable Harry Nolan was a member of Bennett Jones from its inception in 1922, a period interrupted only by service to his country as deputy to the Canadian Army Judge Advocate General during the Second World War and as the Canadian prosecutor before the International Military (war crimes) Tribunal. Harry was named to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1956. The Honourable John C. "Jack" Major C.C., Q.C., practised as a partner of the firm for 34 years before being called to the Alberta Court of Appeal in 1991 and the Supreme Court of Canada in 1992. Jack rejoined the firm as a consultant in 2006 upon his return to private legal practice.

Expansion from Western Canada

From its birth in Calgary, the firm grew with the Western economy, expanding to Edmonton (1982) and then eastward to Toronto (1989) and Ottawa (1989–95, 2009). In 2014, we opened in Vancouver. Today, we say the firm breathes with two lungs given its strong presence in both Western and Eastern Canada, providing us with the national strength and stability to better serve our clients. The firm's first expansion outside of Canada came in 2010, when we opened a representative office in Beijing and a law office in Dubai. The firm's expansion in the Gulf region continued in early 2012 with the opening of an office in Doha, Qatar. In 2013, the firm opened an office in Washington, D.C., its first in the United States. Most recently, in June 2018, Bennett Jones combined forces with corporate and securities firm McCullough O'Connor Irwin to meet growing client needs in the Vancouver market.

Expansion from Western Canada

Looking Forward to 100 Years

Looking Forward to 100 Years

In 2022, Bennett Jones will turn 100 years old. It has been a remarkable journey with our clients and with Canada. When we began with six lawyers in Calgary in 1922, Canada was 55 years old with a population of nine million people. Many of the defining moments that would make us the country we are today were yet to come. Another world war, the growth of a world-leading economy, and transformations in our society that would make our way of life uniquely Canadian. But the strong core values of Bennett Jones have remained the same. We are creative, collegial and influential—and this will continue to be at the heart of how we serve clients.