Our firm was established in 1953 as a partnership of John L. Robinson and Jack K. Holmes located in downtown Red Deer. Through the addition and departure – often due to judicial appointments – of lawyers over the years, we have undergone several name changes from our first name of Robinson & Holmes to our current name of Johnston Ming Manning LLP.
Mac Johnston (1933-2020) along with James T. Mah Ming (1937-2010) joined the firm in the 1960s when the morning routine included gathering around the day’s mailbag to see what files required attention. Since then we have continued to grow and develop along with the Central Alberta region.
In addition to our lawyers Johnston Ming Manning LLP also depends on the well-trained, talented, and personable support staff working with the lawyers to meet the needs of our clients. Our guiding principle is the same today as it was on the day the law practice was established: Johnston Ming Manning LLP strives to provide an exceptional level of professional, proactive and forward-looking advice and legal services to meet the current and future needs of our clients. We are pleased to say that we have retained and expanded our client base every year as a result of our dedication to professional expertise.
Johnston Ming Manning takes great pride in being a long-time member of Central Alberta’s legal and business community. Our valued client relationships, professional and dedicated lawyers and staff, and commitment to community-building will provide the basis for our firm’s next 6 decades of providing legal services to local, national and international clients.
The Honourable Mr. Justice J.K. Holmes was appointed to The Court of Queen's Bench in April of 1976.
His Honour, D. L. Crowe Assistant Chief Judge was appointed to The Provincial Court in May of 1979.
The Honourable Mr. Justice P. C. G. Power was appointed to The Court of Queen's Bench in November of 1979.
His Honour, James B. Mitchell was appointed to The Provincial Court in September of 1999.
His Honour, Gordon E. Deck was appointed to The Provincial Court in November of 2009.
Previous Members of Our Firm
MacDonald Johnston, K.C.
James T. Mah Ming, K.C.
Keith R. Lamb
Jennifer A. Campbell
Our Senior Partners have spent their entire careers with the firm and are well invested in the Central Alberta Community. This has instilled a strong sense of social responsibility in Johnston Ming Manning LLP and as a result we look for ways to build up and contribute to the community around us.
Our individual lawyers and staff members, as well as the firm as a whole, freely give of their time, skills and resources to a variety of local organizations and events.
As a firm, we provide direct support to the Annual Festival of Trees, the RDC Red Deer Legal Assistant Scholarship Fund, United Way of Central Alberta and the Red Deer & District Community Foundation.
In addition, individual lawyers at the firm are extremely active in the community, devoting much of their time and resources outside the office to causes and groups. This is just a sample of the causes supported by our members:
Canadian Cancer Society
Central Alberta Bar Society
Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic
Freehold Owners Association
Habitat for Humanity
Mental Health Association
Piper Creek Optimist Club
Red Deer Catalina Swim Club
Red Deer College Alumni Association
Red Deer College Foundation
Red Deer College Legal Assistant Scholarship
Red Deer Minor Hockey
Red Deer Rustlers Senior AA Hockey Club
Rotary Club of Innisfail