Benjamin J. Ferland, BA, JD
Born and raised in Edmonton, my wife and I met in junior high and married at 17. I was a delinquent troublemaker and she was the only daughter of hardworking immigrants. Suffice to say her parents were not impressed (thankfully, they’ve warmed up to me since then). We have two sons, a terrier and a parrot. We’re enthusiastic members of our local church and our Christian faith informs everything we do, including my practice of law.
Law is my second career. In my younger years I tried my hand in the oilfield, among other things, but never took well to camp life. I worked as a transport refrigeration mechanic throughout my early twenties. As a ninth-grade dropout with working-class roots and an affinity for Harleys and ink, I had no intention of going white collar. However, when I turned 25 my grandmother’s goading prevailed and I headed back to school to try something new.
I studied political science and English literature at MacEwan University, during which time I achieved Dean’s List standing and received a host of scholarships and other accolades. Bachelor degree in hand, I moved on to law at the University of Alberta. There I received several more honors for high academic achievement before graduating with distinction in 2017. During law school I worked for Legal Aid Alberta’s Youth Criminal Defence Office and served low-income Edmontonians part-time through Student Legal Services.
After graduation I completed my articles of clerkship with Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP in downtown Edmonton. For three years I worked under some of the most respected lawyers in western Canada, serving large institutional clients as well as medium and small businesses. I participated in administrative proceedings, corporate and commercial transactions, construction and builders’ lien issues, and municipal law. However, my practice focused primarily on civil litigation, collections, foreclosure and other creditors’ remedies issues. It was also during that time that I began serving regularly at the courthouse as Civil Claims Duty Counsel through Pro Bono Law Alberta.
In 2020 I decided to leave big firm life to pursue my passion for constitutional law, human rights advocacy, and access to justice. My main client today is a national non-profit organisation known for advocating religious freedom and equality interests before all levels of court in Canada, as well as provincial legislatures, Parliament, and the United Nations. I act as associate counsel in support of their court interventions and advocacy work, and serve in a chaplaincy role providing spiritual support to their membership. Additionally, I maintain a small general practice tailored to the legal needs of low income and working-class individuals, families and small businesses in the Edmonton area. My low overhead allows me to be flexible in the fees I charge without sacrificing the quality of my work. Structuring my practice in this way frees me to take on the work and the clients that interest me most, and to serve my neighbours more fully in accordance with my convictions.
Office: (780) 893-7039