Queen’s Counsel and Lawyer
Brent Handel was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) on December 30, 2011. This honorary title is intended to recognize a lawyer’s achievement and standing in the legal profession for top quality work, professional integrity, and outstanding contribution to the legal profession and to the community. Currently, there are over 9,800 active lawyers in Alberta. Of those active lawyers only 41 lawyers are chosen every two years to receive the honour of Q.C.
Brent Handel, Q.C. has lived and worked in Red Deer since 1992 when he joined the Red Deer law firm of Gerig Hamilton Neeland as an associate lawyer, becoming a partner in 1997. In 2001 Brent started Handel Law Firm focusing on personal injury claims and set up office in the Millennium Centre in downtown Red Deer, later moving offices to Ross Street across from City Hall Park.
Mr. Handel is currently on the Board of Directors of the Open Medicine Foundation Canada. Open Medicine Foundation Canada envisions improved health care for patients suffering from chronic complex diseases with collaboration between the patients, clinicians, and researchers. Open Medicine Foundation Canada is supporting the research at three Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Collaborative Research Centres at Montreal, Stanford and Harvard Universities https://omfcanada.ngo.
Mr. Handel is a past Chairman of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal – Disability Claims from 2006 to 2009. The Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal is a quasi-judicial tribunal which hears appeals from citizens who have been denied permanent disability benefits by the Government of Canada.
Mr. Handel is the Past President of the Central Alberta Bar Society (CABS) for 2011 to 2013. The CABS is a professional, voluntary organization whose membership comprises lawyers, judges and law students in Red Deer and the Central Alberta region.
Mr. Handel is an instructor for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the continuing education arm of the Law Society of Alberta for Alberta Lawyers. Mr. Handel instructed numerous courses on the “New Alberta Rules of Court” seminars dealing with the fundamental revision of the civil litigation rules of procedure for Alberta lawyers.
As well, Brent Handel has taught a university level business law course on a part-time basis to university students for many years at Red Deer University (formerly Red Deer College).
Brent has been married for over 30 years and has three children, a daughter who is a lawyer, and two sons who are both currently in Law School at the University of Saskatchewan.