In association with Hildebrand Wright
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the start of something new

I am proud to have founded Bridgewater Law in the Fall of 2017 to support the cooperative community, small business and social entrepreneurs in Calgary, Edmonton, and throughout Alberta. At Bridgewater Law we are passionate about supporting sustainable local businesses and social enterprise in Alberta. We share the vision of thought leaders around the world that the global economy is changing and more democratic, and sustainable, economic solutions are possible and necessary.

We take pride in providing timely and expert legal advice to cooperatives, small businesses, non-profits, and charities throughout Alberta. We also support the cooperative community though educating, and developing cooperative businesses in western Canada. I am personally, and professional, active in the outdoor community and commit time each year to teaching youth how to be active and engaged citizens through outdoor pursuits and wilderness challenges.

Bridgewater Law has teamed up with the senior counsel of Hildebrand Wright, an association of independent lawyers based out of downtown Calgary, Alberta, to serve clients that share values of empowering entrepreneurs, and community.

-Elliot H. Bridgewater

 
 

  

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professional Services

 
 

COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Cooperative and employee ownership conversions and recapitalization
  • Cooperative capital development
  • Business model design and architecture formation
  • Sustainable scaling
  • Successions Planning and M & A

CORPORATE LAW

  • Incorporation
  • Society formation and Non-profit corporation 
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Board and shareholder resolutions
  • Board minutes and policies
  • Board development and governance best practices

COMMERCIAL LAW

  • Contract Review and Negotiation
  • Project Agreements
  • Licensing, joint venture, memoranda of understanding
  • Terms of Service
  • Privacy Policy
  • Services Agreements
  • Real Estate acquisition, sale, lease agreements

EMPLOYMENT LAW and Compliance

  • Employment, consulting and independent contractor agreements
  • Employee handbooks
  • Internship programs
 

VIRTUAL IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

  • On-demand, phone, virtual and in-person executive and management team advising and consultation
  • Risk management
  • Strategic planning
  • Litigation management
  • Policy advice, and government relations
  • Coordination of local or specialized counsel.

TRAINING, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Academic guest lectures
  • Public speaking talks
  • Cooperative business model
  • Employee Ownership
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sharing Economy Law

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

  • Intellectual property licenses,
  • Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements,
  • Registration of copyright, trademark. 
Elliot knew just what I needed when I needed it. His extensive knowledge of business law and entrepreneur/ small business services that he offered me really helped to propel my business forward.
— Chantal Crockatt, Principal at Gal Friday Marketing Inc.
 
 
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ethos

I've established a legal practice that supports business and community in a responsive, transparent, ethical, and respectful way.

My practice has the following core professional values:

TIMELINESS AND RESPONSIVENESS

My clients can be confident that their matter is receiving the attention it requires and that they will receive diligent responses to any inquiry that arises.

TRANSPARENCY

You will know where we are in a given process and how the law relates to your particular circumstances, as well as how to progress the file. I take every precaution to avoid unnecessary surprises in the process.

I communicate openly and candidly with my clients and expect the same in return. Nothing is gained in our trust-based relationship if you do not feel you can be open and if you feel you are not receiving straightforward counsel.

DEMOCRATIZATION

When practical and appropriate, I can advise you as to innovative ways to democratize elements of your business, organization, or affairs. I will help you evaluate creative ways of distributing and sharing management, decision-making, control, wealth, and risk management. To the extent meaningful to you and your stakeholders, I will help you maximize your role in building regenerative economies and communities.

 

MISSION MATTERS

Your matter will never be reduced to a boiler plate template or receive one-size-fits-all advice. I provide value-added customized counsel that perfectly fits your organization's mission and values. Your mission is the first priority in our relationship and I will always strive to advise you of potential threats to your mission.

ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES

I strive to be a sounding board for your decision-making, whether, legal, strategic, or otherwise. I will counsel you through the process of ethical decision-making with empathetic, open-minded, and practical advice.

RESPECT

I will provide you with the most competent and thorough counsel available, and respect your decisions. While it is possible in the solicitor-client relationship that we may not always agree on a particular course of action or about all of the issues involved in your matter, I will approach all dealings with respect and courtesy.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I work with entrepreneurial people who want to make a positive impact on the world. I respect entrepreneurs who are willing to think big, act boldly, and change the world. To that end I bring the benefits and efficiencies of cutting edge legal solutions to your matter. I encourage creative problem solving and will counsel you through the ins and outs, risks and rewards, of new approaches and intrepid strategies. We will navigate the new risks and rules of a rapidly changing economy together.

 

 
 

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VALUED PARTNERS

 
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CONTACT

Address: Hildebrand Wright, 1610 700 Fourth Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 3J4.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about legal services. I charge a modest fee ($150) for a consultation.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide legal advice by email.