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McLennan Ross, LLP

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600 McLennan Ross Building
12220 Stony Plain Road
Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4 

Office Locations

Yellowknife, Edmonton and Calgary

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Personal Background

Gerhard is a partner in McLennan Ross’s Commercial Litigation and Labour & Employment Practice Groups. He has been involved in all facets of construction litigation, workers’ compensation claims and appeals, employment law and occupational health and safety (OHS) matters. Gerhard also works extensively in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut on labour and employment matters.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Gerhard worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of History at the University of Alberta from 1978 to 1982. From 1983 to 1997, he was a history and labour arbitration tutor for Athabasca University. Gerhard articled with McLennan Ross and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1986.


  • LL.B., University of Alberta
  • M.A. (History), University of Alberta
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Alberta

 Representative Experience

  • Collective bargaining for various private and public sector employers in Alberta, NWT and Nunavut.
  • Employer counsel on numerous arbitrations, labour board hearings at provincial and Federal levels.
  • Assisted employers in developing strategies and operational practices, as well as making court and Labour Board applications during certification applications and strikes and lockouts.
  • Counsel to shareholders in corporate Shareholder disputes.
  • Counsel to employers in OHS and Safety Act charges involving fatalities and serious injuries.

Speaking Engagements


  • “Occupational Health & Safety Law for School Boards”


  • “Progressive Discipline Training for Supervisors”
  • “Disabilities and the Duty to Accommodate” 


  • “How to Utilize Alternative Dispute Resolution to Successfully Resolve Conflicts”, 2nd Conference on Negotiating Construction Contracts
  • “Aftermath of a Workplace Accident”
  • “Occupational Health & Safety Law for School Boards”


  • “The Walls Have Ears: When is it Legal to Record Private Conversations”, Gerhard Seifner & Jon Pleckatis, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel

Awards and Recognition

  • BV Distinguished peer review rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations And Affiliations

  • Chairman, Labour Committee and Workforce Development Taskforce, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Member, Dean of Arts Advisory Council, Grant MacEwan University
  • Former Director, Alberta Recording Industry Association
  • Community affiliations include:
    • Club Austria
    • Edmonton SPCA
    • Alberta Cultural Heritage Council

Firm Background

McLennan Ross is a well established law firm committed to serving the legal needs of Albertans and Northerners. Founded over 100 years ago, McLennan Ross has grown today to more than 90 lawyers and an extensive support staff, with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife.

Featuring the largest and most experienced management-side Labour & Employment practice group in Alberta and the North, one of the West's premier Litigation groups and a solid team of Corporate Commercial Securities professionals, McLennan Ross has a reputation for client service excellence and substantial experience and expertise in a number of practice areas.

Over the years, McLennan Ross and its legal professionals have been involved in numerous landmark cases, at all levels of the Canadian judicial system including the Supreme Court of Canada. The outcomes of these cases have often had a profound effect on the legal framework in which many businesses operate today.

Led by senior partners Rod McLennan, Q.C. (recognized by LEXPERT magazine as one of the Top 25 Commercial Litigators in Canada) and Dave Ross, Q.C. (Alberta's most experienced labour and employment lawyer), McLennan Ross lawyers are capable of providing assistance on just about any legal issue in a cost effective and efficient manner.

What separates McLennan Ross from other law firms is our ability to see "beyond the law" - recognizing and appreciating how legal difficulties can significantly impact a client's life and their business. Strategic thinking, grounded in a solid understanding of the realities of the business world and basic common sense, is a hallmark of McLennan Ross.

McLennan Ross clients include businesses of all sizes, from virtually every sector of the economy, along with individuals, not-for-profit organizations and governments. These clients reside and conduct business throughout Western Canada, the North and around the world.

Our success comes from the results we secure on behalf of our clients, and that continues to be the measure of our firm and our people.

Firm Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation, Construction, Corporate Commercial Securities, Energy Environmental & Regulatory, Estates, Trusts & Taxation, Financial Services, Health, Insurance & Risk Management, Labour & Employment, Media, Occupational Health & Safety, Professional Liability, Restructuring & Insolvency