Roderick A. McLennan, Q.C.

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A senior partner in McLennan Ross, Rod is respected as one of the province’s most experienced counsel.

The diversity of the legal problems and issues with which Rod has been involved is far-reaching. His extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation, in both private and public law cases, at all levels of the Canadian court system, is well-known and respected throughout the province and beyond. He is frequently called upon to advise governments on constitutional and litigious matters.

Rod lectured for a number of years at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law in advocacy. He also has major commercial exposure in land development in both Canada and the U.S. Rod’s commercial exposure, coupled with over 40 years of practice in the courts, enable him to extend to his clients the valuable benefit of his mature judgment.

In 1974 Rod was appointed Queen’s Counsel and in 1985 was made a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Awards and Recognition

•Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Insurance Law, International Arbitration, Legal Malpractice Law, Natural Resources Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Law and Securities Law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006 - 2019
•Edmonton Lawyer of the Year - International Arbitration, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019
•Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Canada 2016
•Leading practitioner - Corporate Commercial Litigation, Director/Officer Liability, Product Liability, Securities Litigation, and Professional Liability Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
•Edmonton Product Liability Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in Canada
•Leader - Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global
•Edmonton Construction Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in Canada
•Edmonton Securities Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in Canada
•Edmonton Legal Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
•Local Litigation Star - Constitutional, Criminal, Benchmark Litigation Canada
•100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada, Most Creative Corporate Litigator in Alberta, Lexpert
•One of the Country's Top 25 Litigators, Lexpert
•Leading Business Lawyer - Commercial Litigation, Who's Who Legal
•Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and UK, Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide, International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


•Participated in many matters that have attracted public interest including several federal and provincial commissions of inquiry, and litigation involving important public figures and issues
•Frequently called upon to advise governments on constitutional and litigious matters
•Extensive experience in civil litigation, in both private and public law cases, at all levels of the Canadian court system

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Litigation
  • Construction
  • Professional Liability
  • Media

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780.482.9201  Phone
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, LL.B.
Year of First Admission:
1961, Northwest Territories; 1959, Alberta

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities

•Chairman, Second Quadrennial Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission of Canada
•fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers


Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (1 review)
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    600 McLennan Ross Building , 12220 Stony Plain Road
    Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4

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