Partner Bruce Coombs is dedicated to helping his clients in an efficient, timely and practical manner, offering them the comfort that their transaction will be completed to the highest standard possible.
“I take a personal interest in my clients, their families and their businesses. I am proactive and responsive to their needs,” he says.
Bruce has been practising as a lawyer in Edmonton for more than three decades. His practice areas are general corporate law, including incorporating new businesses, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures of businesses, corporate restructuring and reorganizations; corporate governance advisory work including unanimous shareholder agreements, and family succession planning; joint ventures, franchises, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements; and commercial real estate law, including purchases and sales, commercial leasing and financings. Bruce has facilitated the purchases and sales of businesses and the leasing of high rise buildings, shopping centres, and commercial buildings, and the development of residential subdivisions.
Born in Oakville, Ontario, Bruce grew up in Edmonton. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry; and a Professional diploma after degree (Education) in 1976. He taught junior high math and science before returning to the U of A to earn a law degree (LL.B.) in 1981. He was called to the bar in 1982, and has practised as a lawyer in Edmonton ever since.
Bruce chose law as a career because he had an interest in working closely with people. He decided to focus on corporate, commercial and real estate law early on, while he was an articling student, when he realized that he wanted to be a solicitor rather than a barrister.
“What I enjoy about being a lawyer, is the challenge of assisting people to achieve their goals and solve their problems,” he says. What motivates him daily, “is the challenge of meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations, and solving their problems by providing assistance on a timely basis.”
His advice for a first year associate or law student is “to get as broad an exposure to the practice of law as possible in as many different areas as they can, and not necessarily pigeonhole themselves or try to specialize too early in their career.”
Bruce joined Brownlee in 2000. “I felt it was a good opportunity to grow my practice with a very professional and well respected firm,” he says. “I enjoy practising at Brownlee because I am very confident my clients can be assisted in all their legal needs.”
It’s Brownlee’s team approach that is so helpful to clients, he explains. The firm provides quality advice to clients in many different areas of the law, based on the considerable knowledge and experience of Brownlee’s legal team. “If I don’t have good working knowledge in one area, I’m able to direct my clients to my partners who practice in that particular area.”
Looking ahead, Bruce sees Brownlee continuing to grow, expanding into different areas of the law as well as expanding geographically, while continuing to serve existing clients.
And in his own career, Bruce looks forward to continuing to serve his clients as effectively, pragmatically and expeditiously as possible.
Over the years, he has volunteered with several community organizations, including as a minor hockey and minor soccer coach, and as a Scouts Canada leader.
Bruce is married with two grown sons.
- Corporate Practice
- Commercial Transactions
- Commercial Lending and Financing
- Real Estate
- Commercial Leasing
- Member, International Council of Shopping Centres
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Alberta Law Society
- Business Law
- Real Estate
- Commercial Leasing and Taxation subsections
- Past Member, Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Edmonton Region
I enjoy meeting people, helping solve business challenges and assisting clients grow their businesses.