This post is part of our series profiling individual lawyers. The practice of law spans a lot of personalities and the idea is to dive a little deeper into their individual backgrounds and outlooks on the legal profession. These posts are structured as Q&A interviews. We are starting with Todd Strang, a corporate commercial lawyer at KMSC Law LLP in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Let’s get started.
When did you decide to become a lawyer?
I have always had an interest in studying law and during my last year of my undergraduate studies at Memorial University in 1997 I decided to write the LSAT and apply to law school.
What is your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part of the job is helping clients reach a successful conclusion to their transaction – whether that involves closing a transaction to buy or sell their home, complete a reorganization of their corporation, or help them finalize the purchase or sale of a business.
You were raised in Newfoundland. How did you end up in Grande Prairie?
I was raised in Newfoundland and completed my articles there following law school. I was called to the bar in Newfoundland bar in February of 2002 and I worked as an associate at a well-established and respected firm until I moved to Grande Prairie in June of 2003. While I enjoyed my time practicing law in Newfoundland I was eager to build a practice and client base and I felt that there was a lot of economic opportunity to do so in Alberta at that time. After considering various options, I decided to establish my practice in Grande Prairie. I have been practicing in Grande Prairie for over 15 years and I am fortunate to have built a large client base.
You teach legal basics at Grande Prairie Regional College, what interests your students the most?
Students were always curious to hear real world examples of how the law applies in everyday life. When I taught at GPRC the most challenging aspect as an instructor was to take abstract legal concepts and to give them context and meaning in daily life. I always strive to give my students two perspectives of the law: (1) the academic side and the (2) practical side that lawyers in private practice experience in day-to-day interactions with clients.
We understand that you’re a runner. Where is your favourite run in Peace Country?
The most spectacular area that I have run is in Grande Cache. I have run several legs of the Canadian Death Race in the past and my favourite part of that run is leg four which involves a challenging ascent that brings you to the summit of Mount Hamel (at nearly 7,000 feet above sea level). At the summit you have unimpeded views of the Smoky River Valley below. It’s a breathtaking panorama of pristine wilderness.