As Doug Schweitzer finished university and began his legal career, he, like other young graduates, vied for articling positions at Canada’s top law firms. Turns out Schweitzer, recently sworn in as minister of justice and solicitor general in Alberta’s new United Conservative Party government, had an arm up on the competition back then.
Now 40, Schweitzer earned his law degree from the University of Manitoba in 2006. As he sought an articling position, the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP, an international firm with 400 lawyers and offices in four countries, was scouting new recruits. Schweitzer, called to the Alberta bar in 2007, caught their attention.
For the lanky lawyer, a good pitching arm proved nearly as valuable an asset to his budding restructuring and insolvency practice as his legal smarts.