The History of Bishop & McKenzie LLP

Edward Thomas (E.T.) Bishop - founded Bishop Law in 1903
Edward Thomas (E.T.) Bishop - founded Bishop Law in 1903

Bishop & McKenzie’s story is closely tied to Alberta’s rich history and its strong pioneering spirit.

Two years before Alberta became a province, the first Bishop Law office opened for business in the young city of Edmonton. The firm's founder, Edward Thomas Bishop, was born in Ontario in 1876. E.T. studied law at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1902. Choosing to settle in Edmonton, he opened the Bishop Law office in 1903, developing a specialty in company law — a rarity for a sole practitioner in Edmonton at the time.

Edward Eversley Bishop and Ken McKenzie - founded Bishop, Bishop & McKenzie in 1952. It became Bishop & McKenzie in 1957.
Ted Bishop
Edward Eversley Bishop and Ken McKenzie - founded Bishop, Bishop & McKenzie in 1952. It became Bishop & McKenzie in 1957.
Ken McKenzie

In 1938, his son Edward Eversley (Ted) Bishop joined the practice, but Ted’s law career was interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1939. He returned from military service in 1946 and inherited the firm from his father a year later. In 1952, Ted and his friend Ken McKenzie became partners in the newly renamed Bishop, Bishop & McKenzie.

At that time, much of the firm’s work revolved around Alberta’s new oil industry. By the end of the decade, the company had diversified and was representing the many firms and entrepreneurs born of the North’s booming mining industry. In the 1960s it expanded yet again, establishing a litigation department that was soon highly respected. In 1974, the by-now named Bishop & McKenzie was a broad-based corporate commercial law firm. In 1988, it became a provincewide law firm by opening a Calgary office.

Ken and Ted, circa 1950
Ted Bishop and Ken McKenzie, 1947
Jasper Avenue-101 Street, Bank of Montreal Building, 1964 ~ Bishop & McKenzie, 7th floor
Jasper Avenue - 101 Street, 1964

The law firm and the province of Alberta have grown and matured together. Many of the company’s early clients have since become leading players on both the national and international stage. We are proud of their growth, and of our continuing relationship with them.

Bishop & McKenzie has grown, but we still call Alberta home. With offices in Calgary and Edmonton, we work with a wide variety of individuals, local and national companies, financial institutions, municipalities, foreign investors and business people operating throughout the province. We share our clients’ dedication to making Alberta strong, and look forward to growing together throughout this century.

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