Partner Thomas D. (Tom) Marriott, QC, Brownlee’s municipal law Practice Area Leader is well known as a senior counsel with extensive trial and appeal experience.
Tom practises primarily in the areas of utility regulation, municipal and administrative law. He conducts litigation involving municipalities, as well as other public sector entities, and on behalf of individual professionals with respect to liability and discipline. Tom has appeared before all levels of courts and tribunals, including numerous trials and appeals, and has also acted as counsel for boards and tribunals. With nearly 30 years of experience, he effectively represents his clients throughout Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
Born in Bonnyville, Tom grew up in Edmonton. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree (with distinction) in 1983 and a law degree (LL.B.) in 1988. He was called to the bar in Alberta (1989), Northwest Territories (2005) and Yukon (2009), and has been with Brownlee since 1988, after joining the firm as an articling student.
Before becoming a lawyer, Tom taught high school English in the village of Glendon, northeast of Edmonton. He ended up choosing law as his lifelong career, because of his strong interest in the law. “I was attracted to the idea of seeking justice,” he says. “Somebody has to right the wrongs of this world and make sure that people get what they’re legally entitled to, and aren’t taken advantage of.”
Tom chose municipal law as his practice area because municipal law offers a wide range of issues and challenges. “Every day is different, and the variety of legal challenges that are thrown at you as a municipal lawyer keeps the practice fresh,” he says.
On the professional discipline and liability side, Tom enjoys being an advocate for people, helping them pursue the fairest resolution of their legal issues.
He describes a good lawyer as someone who is knowledgeable, professional, thoughtful and respectful, who cares about their clients and their clients’ interests.
“We are a service industry, so I do my best to meet my clients’ needs,” Tom says. “If I can do that, I feel satisfaction at the end of the day. It’s really about the client. I take pride in meeting their needs, providing them with thoughtful, sound advice, and aggressively pursuing an appropriate resolution of their legal issues.”
Tom advises first year associates or law students to consider what area of law they find the most interesting and exciting, “because you’re going to be doing that for your career – it had better be something that you enjoy doing. And look long term versus short term.”
Brownlee’s team approach offers clients a number of benefits, Tom says, most notably that work goes to the right person with the most knowledge in a particular area, who can do the work the most efficiently and cost-effectively.
Looking forward, he sees Brownlee continuing to provide service based on the firm’s commitment to excellence and serving clients’ needs.
In terms of his own professional goals, Tom plans to keep doing what he’s doing as a well-respected senior practitioner.
Over the years, he has been involved in the community in many different ways. He has been a volunteer supporting a variety of charitable organizations, including the United Way, Kids Kottage, Catholic Social Services and many others. He has also headed up charitable drives for charitable organizations, coached for the Edmonton Youth Basketball Association for a dozen years, volunteered as a community league soccer coach, and assisted school parent councils.
Tom is married with a daughter and a son.
- Utility Regulation
- Municipal and Administrative Law
- Professional Liability and Discipline (defence)
- Board Counsel
- Member, Law Societies of Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Yukon
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Administrative Law and Municipal Law Subsections Past Chairman
- Canadian Bar Association
- Municipal Law Subsection Past President, Alberta Expropriation Association Member
- Edmonton Bar Association
I have been involved for many years coaching community soccer and basketball in the Edmonton Youth Basketball Association I contribute in small but significant ways as a regular blood donor and community volunteer.