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Michael Swanson, QC

Roszler & Associates, Calgary

Call: 1983

Statement

Michael Swanson, QC (“Mike”) is proud to be a member of the Law Society of Alberta. In a recent address to Calgary lawyers he said: “Lawyers who practise law in Alberta are privileged to have the support of an exceptional Law Society and Law Society staff.”

Mike was raised in the Claresholm & Granum area in southern Alberta. His family was prominent in agriculture. He is the youngest of seven (five sisters and a twin brother) and describes his childhood experience as a “valuable lesson in patience and feminism.”

After graduating from Willow Creek Composite High School (class valedictorian) in 1975, Mike attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a BA (distinction) in 1979 and an LLB in 1982. He was honoured to serve his articles in Claresholm under the Honourable Judge Frank Maloney (ret. PCJ). Mike was admitted to the Alberta bar in 1983. Subsequently, he engaged in private practice in Edmonton, and later in Calgary and Claresholm, specializing primarily in agricultural law, rural property law, criminal and civil litigation, and dispute resolution.

In January 2006, Mike sought public office as the federal Liberal Party candidate in Calgary Southwest. He was narrowly defeated (only 35,000 votes) by his Conservative Party opponent Stephen Harper, who consequently became the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada. He is fond of saying “blame me for that!” Nevertheless, Mike is very proud that he won 6,553 votes (a lifetime record).

Mike was designated Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He received an LLM from the University of Calgary in 2015 and is currently a Master’s degree (MPP) candidate at the School of Public Policy.

Mike is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors (cc4ms). Until recently he served as a volunteer student evaluator with CPLED and currently serves as a peer support volunteer for the Alberta Lawyer’s Assistance Society (ASSIST) and as a volunteer lawyer mentor for the Law Society Mentor Express Program. He is an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS). Mike has also volunteered extensively in his community including outreach programs for seniors, homeless and refugee families.

Mike is engaged in private practice at Roszler & Associates in Calgary specializing in criminal and civil litigation and dispute resolution. He also serves as a Chair for the Alberta Consumer Services Appeal Board.

Mike is grateful to his professional colleagues and to the legal profession for the distinct honour of seeking election to sit as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta.