With a passion for the academic and practical aspects of law, Counsel C. Richard Jones, KC, brings a wide range of legal knowledge and experience to Brownlee LLP.

His practice areas include corporate and commercial, environmental law with an emphasis on irrigation and water regulation, municipal governance and planning, and commercial litigation.

Specifically within his environmental practice, Richard focuses on water conveyance, water allocation, water license amendment and transfer, storm and wastewater discharge, contaminated site remediation, and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act offences.

Proficient in his practical and timely advice, he is one of the few lawyers in Alberta who practices water and irrigation law with exceptional knowledge in the regulatory framework and current issues.

He also regularly advises clients on a variety of regulatory compliance matters.

In his litigation practice, Richard advises clients on commercial, property, and resource-related matters.

He also provides advice and strategy to clients concerning contract and property rights, non-competition covenants, director and officer’s duties and liability, shareholder rights, securities regulation, and prejudgment seizure of assets and production of evidence.

He has appeared successfully before all levels of court and various administrative boards and tribunals.

Richard began practicing law at an Alberta law firm and founded a boutique law firm. In 2012, he joined a national law firm before joining Brownlee in 2022.

“Brownlee LLP is Alberta’s foremost municipal law firm,” Richard said. “If you are a municipality or a public sector entity, Brownlee LLP has lawyers who specialize in every area from governance to employment, procurement, commercial transactions, and litigation.”

Outside of work, Richard enjoys rock climbing, cycling, and reading.


  • Municipal and Irrigation District Commercial Transactions & Contracting

  • Corporate & Public Entity Governance

  • Infrastructure & Utilities

  • Water and Irrigation regulation

  • Municipal Planning & Development

  • Real Estate – utility rights-of-way, crossing agreements, easements & restrictive covenants

  • Commercial and Regulatory Litigation


  • Member – Law Society of Alberta
  • Member – Calgary Bar Association
  • Associate Member – Alberta Irrigation Districts Association
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – American Agricultural Law Association


I admired my great uncle, a solicitor called to The Law Society of England and Wales who acted as a county council solicitor. From my early days, I wanted to be a lawyer. My motivation is to help people, businesses, and public sector entities navigate our complex legal and regulatory system. I like finding practical solutions and assisting clients in avoiding or mitigating risk.