Jeffrey D. Poole
Barrister and Solicitor
I was admitted to the Alberta Bar on August 19, 1981. I remember the day distinctly because it was one of the greatest days of my life. In Alberta every Bar Admission is an individual application made by the Principal of the Student at Law before a Justice in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. My Principal made a very flattering and humorous presentation. It was very enjoyable for me to be surrounded by my family, colleagues and friends on that special day.
The day also had very special meaning for me because of the amazing traditions of the practice of law. Historically, lawyers have always had a very important role in society as being servants of the public. For hundreds of years the profession has been construed to be one of service. And, in particular, it was construed to be a profession which protected people from the State and from each other. As I took my solemn oath to become a lawyer I whole heartedly took on the responsibility and role of protector.
I was, and am, of the view that from time to time in peoples’ lives they need protection. They need protection from the State and they also need protection from those who are more powerful than they are. Lawyers have a lot of power in our society. I help people bring claims against lawyers who have wronged them.
Over the past decades there has been a steady erosion of the standards to which lawyers are held by Canadian Courts and by Canadian Law Societies. There is less civility and concern for the welfare of clients in the legal profession than we would like. There is much concern for the welfare of lawyers and the protection of the business of lawyers. Legal fees make the business of law very attractive for lawyers and not so attractive for the ordinary Canadians who hire them. At Poole Lawyers, we do what we can every day to make the world a better place for the clients who retain the services of Canadian Lawyers. The Rule of Law requires that the legal system work and in our small way we try every day to make it work better.
I am a lucky man to work with a team of bright young professionals who share my vision of the legal profession as a public service.
Summary of my educational and professional experience:
- 1954 – I was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
- 1976 – I graduated from Mt. Alison University in Sackville, New Brunswick with an Honors Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy and Politics.
- 1978 – I received my Masters of Arts in Philosophy and Politics
from Dalhousie University. My thesis included lengthy discussions of ethics and the rule of law in a civil society.
- 1980 – I was awarded Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary.
- 1981 – I was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta.
- 1982 – I married the love of my life, Carolyn.
- 1986 – I co-founded the firm of Poole Laycraft with my good friend Jim Laycraft. My daughter Megan was born.
- 1990 – My daughter Julia was born.
- 1997-2000 – I had a reduced practice of law while I focused
my energies on a public company that I co-founded with my wife.
- 2001 – I returned to the full time practice of law as a sole practitioner with a focus on civil liability, and particularly, legal malpractice claims against lawyers.
- 2005 – I was admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia
entitling me to practice in British Columbia.
- 2016 – I celebrated the 35th anniversary of my being admitted to the bar.