Richard B. Smith, Q.C.

Practice Focus

  • Employment Law
    • Employment contracts, management agreements, consulting arrangements and policy and procedure documents
    • Employment benefits
    • Dispute resolution on employment matters
    • Disabilities and human rights before the courts and associated boards, including harassment, discrimination and drug and alcohol testing issues
    • Strategic counsel to employers on safe and effective practices for hiring, disciplining and terminating employees
    • Professional education and cross-border advice on employment law issues and litigation avoidance

Practice Areas


  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1981
  • Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate, 1977
  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Education, 1975

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 2013
  • Alberta 1982

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Employment and Labour, 2016-2020
  • Named in Chamber's Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Employment & Labour Law, annually since 2012
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law, annually since 2006
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Employment Law (Employer and Employee), 2004-2007 and annually since 2014


  • Panel Member, Doing Business with Pacific Rim Participants, BD&P Client Seminar, May 31, 2012