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Prior to joining Brownlee, Keegan Rutherford was a client of the firm as the Manager of Planning and Development for a thriving rural Alberta municipality. While in this role, Keegan became familiar with Brownlee as he attended various educational events (including our yearly Emerging Trends Conference) and had the opportunity to work closely with several of our firm’s municipal lawyers.

After pursuing law as a profession, Keegan joined the firm as a Summer Student in 2015 and later returned as an Articling Student from July 2016 to July 2017. Due to his past experience, Keegan recognized that he wanted to build his practice with Brownlee given the firm’s proven leadership and unparalleled knowledge and experience in municipal matters. He brings a unique experience, having worked as both a municipal client and now as a municipal lawyer.

Keegan appreciates the diversity and challenges that come with a career in the field of municipal law. “No two days are ever the same in our ever-evolving field. We are fortunate to be able to assist a broad range of clients, each with their own set of issues and obstacles,” he says. Keegan enjoys using his knowledge of the municipal process, especially within the field of Planning and Development, to help his clients in finding practical solutions to their complex issues and legal problems. When not working with municipalities, Keegan is a prior competitive swimmer who continues the sport recreationally.

He also enjoys spending time at the lake where he actively takes up a broad range of watersports. Keegan also enjoys traveling to new destinations with friends and family, as well as sampling a wide array of culinary options.  He advises new lawyers to, “Take advantage of every learning opportunity available to you. Experience the various areas of practice and find out what you enjoy, but also ensure you take time to participate in your interests outside of the law.”


  • Administrative Law
  • Municipal & Public Sector
  • Municipal Enforcement Practice
  • Municipal Governance and Authority
  • Municipal Planning and Development


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, CBA – Alberta, Municipal Law Subsection
  • Member, CBA – Alberta, Administrative Law Subsection


I chose to pursue law following a career in municipal planning and development. I enjoyed working in the administrative context and found great satisfaction in solving complex problems. I strive to assist our clients in identifying and executing practical solutions to their various issues and challenges.