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Former Dentons partner Schweitzer is Alberta’s new minister of justice and solicitor general

Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 2:56 PM | By John Chunn


Dentons announced that Doug Schweitzer, former Calgary partner in the firm’s restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy group, has been sworn in as Alberta’s next minister of justice and solicitor general.

“We are extremely proud of Doug,” said Donald Leitch, managing partner of Dentons’ Calgary office. “We have believed in him from the start, and have supported him through the leadership race and election, where he was elected as MLA for Calgary Elbow. During his time at Dentons, he helped recover numerous clients — both companies and individuals — from financial peril, and left a lasting impression on all of us at the firm. His talent, drive and compassion make him an ideal choice to best serve the people of Alberta.”  

Schweitzer joined the firm in 2012 and took a leave of absence in 2017 to focus on the election.

According to the firm’s press release, in his legal practice, Schweitzer focused primarily on restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy, private lending and distressed asset transactions. He acted for debtors, receivers, trustees in bankruptcy, monitors, purchasers and creditors in the context of restructurings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, and proposals, receiverships and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

He received his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Manitoba and was called to the Alberta bar in 2007.