Today, as one of Alberta's premier law firms, we provide exceptional legal advice and expertise that guides our clients in successful transactions and in representation of their interests in all matters.


James Harwood Ogilvie, Q.C., the founder of the firm, first called Alberta his home in 1912. He began studying law at the University of Alberta in 1914. With the advent of World War I, Edmonton men enlisted by the thousands to serve their country, the young James Ogilvie among them. He returned home safely to complete his articles and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1920.

From 1920 to 1926 James Ogilvie practiced with the firm Griesbach, O'Conner, Cameron & Ogilvie. Mr. Ogilvie continued to practice as a sole practitioner in 1926 - 1927 and with Speers, Ogilvie & Buckley from 1928 - 1939. Not one to sit on his laurels, Mr. Ogilvie also served as a city alderman for 16 years in the City of Edmonton.

These were exciting times. When the Leduc Oil Well No. 1 roared in, it signaled a period of unprecedented growth in Alberta.

The huge expansion of the oil and gas industry meant prosperity. By the mid 1950's Edmonton housed over 225,000 people; construction, real estate, manufacturing and retail sales were booming!


We know that people create success and we have confidence in our team of lawyers, legal support staff and our relationships with other professionals across Canada and into the United States. We continue to be involved in the on-going development and growth in Alberta, supporting our clients in building successful businesses in places wherever they choose to establish operations.

We earn our clients' confidence by recognizing the importance of relationships and by providing the personalized service that all clients deserve. The knowledge and expertise of Ogilvie extends past the Alberta borders; we are happy to be able to assist the people in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, British Columbia and Saskatchewan as well.


James Ogilvie, the firm's founder, was known for his contributions within the legal profession. However, his tradition of excellence could not be contained and he believed that if you were going to work in a community, then you must also work for the community.

OGILVIE's 75th Anniversary was cause for celebration. The creation of the OGILVIE FUND at the Edmonton Community Foundation was to mark the occasion and create a financial foundation that can continually provide financial assistance where needed in our community. Through contributions from present and former partners, associates, and staff members, the fund continues to grow and benefit the Alberta community.

The Ogilvie fund currently has an endowment of over $500,000 and has disbursed over $200,000 to provide much-needed support to charitable organizations on an ongoing basis.

The OGILVIE FUND provides an annual distribution to charitable organizations. A primary objective of the fund is to provide financial support to organizations assisting single mothers, underprivileged children and youth, and is a continued investment in generations to come.


We earn our clients' confidence by
providing the personalized service they
deserve, and have come to expect.