William L. McElhanney



Phone: (780) 412-2713
Fax:  (780) 423-8946

Preferred Areas of Practice

Aboriginal Law


Surface Rights

Administrative Law

Energy, Transportation and other Regulatory Matters

Education & Background

BA (Honours with Distinction), University of Alberta 1980

LLB, Queen’s University 1983

Called to the Alberta Bar 1984

Bill McElhanney has practised law with us since 1984 following his graduation from Queen’s University. Bill has acted as general counsel to a number of Alberta Métis Settlements, in addition to acting for Indian Bands, freehold landowners and assisting a variety of other clients. Bill’s practice is currently focussed on the areas of oil and gas, forestry and natural resources, Métis and Indian law.  He has appeared before all levels of the Alberta Court and a number of provincial administrative boards which include: the Surface Rights Board, the Labour Relations Board, the Land Compensation Board, the Alberta Utility Commission (formerly the Energy Resources Conservation Board) and the Métis Settlement Appeal Tribunal.

Bill has also lectured before professional associations in the petroleum industry on Métis and Indian resource development issues.

Professional Associations and Other Activities

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Alberta Expropriation Association – Member and Past President
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Director and President of Alberta Branch
  • Frontier College, 1980-1983
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canvasser
  • Society of Retired and Semi-Retired, Director
  • Corrections Canada, 1980-1983
  • Continuing Legal Education, Assessor

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