Christopher A. Rickards Q.C.
Areas of Practice
Chris’ practice is focused on civil litigation with a particular emphasis on personal injury law. His other areas of practice include commercial litigation, estate litigation, construction litigation and employment law.
Chris was called to the Alberta bar in 1991. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary and attended law school at the University of Toronto. He received numerous awards and scholarships during his university career and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Philosophy and Political Science in 1986. He entered the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with one of the combined highest Grade Point Average and Law School Admission Test scores and graduated in 1990 with a Juris Doctor degree.
After graduating from law school Chris articled and practiced in Calgary at what is now one of the largest multinational law firms and then joined Johnston Ming Manning LLP in 1992. He became a partner of the firm in 1997 and is currently its Managing Partner.
Since joining the firm Chris has continued its tradition since its inception in 1953 of representing individuals who have been injured, or who have lost family members, as a result of the negligence of others. In addition he has been involved in many, including very complex, commercial litigation, estate litigation, construction litigation and employment law matters. He has appeared successfully in all levels of court in the Province of Alberta and before numerous tribunals and adjudicative boards.
On December 31, 2013, Chris was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta. Queen’s Counsel appointments are made once every two years to recognize a select group of lawyers for exceptional capability and talent, contributions to the administration of justice, contributions to their profession, and contributions to the community. Chris was one of only two lawyers in Red Deer selected for this honour on December 31, 2013.
Chris is the Past Chair of the Board of the Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic, the Past President of the Central Alberta Bar Society, the Red Deer Judicial District Representative of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association, a former member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Alberta, and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association. He has been involved with a number of fundraising activities for Red Deer College including as the co-chair of its annual Affairs of the Arts fundraising event. He has also been involved with the Canadian Paraplegic Association serving on the organizing committees for its fundraising golf tournaments and its Jeans and Jewels (formerly Diamonds & Denim) fundraising gala. He is a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer.
Chris has instructed and presented papers at conferences and seminars for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association. He has also instructed at the Red Deer College both in student courses and at faculty seminars.
Chris is an avid cyclist and participates not only for fitness and recreation but also to raise funds for charitable organizations such as the MS Society, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Red Deer Women’s Shelter, and Red Deer Search and Rescue by riding in one day and multi-day fundraising bike rides throughout the province for the last 16 years.
Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters.
Meet Our Team
David M. Manning Q.C.
Darrell R. Moore
Christopher A. Rickards Q.C.
Sandra L. Manning
Brad A. Balon
Andrew J. Luft
Brett A. Bothwell
Kelly J. le Vann
Brian H. Prenoslo
Caleb T. Henry
Jesse D. Fear
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