Allen (Al) Evaniew, QC, is a highly experienced corporate-commercial real estate lawyer who finds practical solutions to complex problems, helping his clients succeed.
Why would you hire Al? “I become part of your team and I genuinely care about assisting in achieving your objectives,” says Al, whose practice involves all aspects of commercial real estate.
In his law practice, he advises vendors, purchasers, developers and landlords on acquisitions, dispositions, development and leasing. He also provides clear and practical advice to business clients on general, real estate, corporate and commercial matters, and advises lenders and borrowers in all aspects of commercial financing.
Al has taught advanced real estate law courses as a sessional lecturer for the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. He has also taught bar admission courses on real property law; as well as a commercial transactions course, for the Legal Education Society of Alberta.
Born and raised in the Edmonton area, Al earned a diploma in Administrative Management from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 1976; a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) in 1979, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 1982, and a Master of Business Administration in 1995, all from the University of Alberta. In 1997 he obtained a Real Estate Broker’s License, and obtained his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2013. He was called to the bar in 1983.
Al joined Brownlee LLP in 2004 and was admitted to the partnership in 2007.
Al has always been interested in business, and all of his non-law education has been centered on business.
Al chose his particular area of law because it is business-orientated. “My commerce degree and an MBA,” he explains, “are beneficial in solving legal issues.”
Al thinks that a good lawyer needs to have more than just the right technical skill set. Beyond that, he says, a good lawyer must understand his client’s needs, assist them in making business decisions, and respond to them in a timely manner. Al doesn’t hide behind the phrase, ‘It is a business decision so you have to make it.’ Clients appreciate his ability to provide assistance in making business decisions.
“That’s what makes me different. That’s what makes our Brownlee Team different. Issues and transactions are time- sensitive – we are very responsive,” says Al, who is motivated daily to provide great service and full support to his and the Firm’s clients.
Brownlee’s team approach means that clients will always have someone to call if their key contact person isn’t available, he notes. “All of our clients will always have a person who can respond to their issues in a timely fashion.”
For young lawyers, he emphasizes that a strong work ethic is absolutely critical to becoming an excellent lawyer. “It just takes hours and hours of hard work. A strong work ethic is a cornerstone to becoming a great lawyer”, he says. “My father, who grew up as an Alberta Homesteader, modelled what a strong work ethic can achieve – that’s why I am a successful lawyer. I believe all of my children understand that need to have a strong work ethic – that’s why all my children are successful professionals”.
Al has had the good fortune to act as a Trustee for a Pension Fund Advisor and presently is an Officer and Director of a private midsize real estate company. Al presently is a member of T8N100Men (a charitable organization), and was a longtime Rotarian who sat as a board member and co-chairman of Rotary Fundraising Auctions.
For the last 10 years, Al has also been a significant supporter of University of Alberta Athletics – Women’s Soccer Team.
Al – who is married with four grown children and three grandchildren – is enjoying being a grandfather. “It’s a very special time,” he says.
Al and his wife have traveled widely with their bicycles, with Europe being their preferred destination. “We have toured 20 countries – it is the only way to truly discover a country,” he says.
- Former Sessional Lecturer, University of Alberta Faculty of Extension in Real Estate Law;
- Former Lecturer, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Bar Admission Course, Real Property Law;
- Former Lecturer, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Commercial Transactions;
- Member, Law Society of Alberta;
- Member, Canadian Bar Association;