Saskatchewan honours four legal practitioners with prestigious King’s Counsel designation

The Saskatchewan legislature in Regina. Photo: Brett Mayson/Unsplash

The province of Saskatchewan has recently honored four more of its legal practitioners with the prestigious King’s Counsel (K.C.) designation, recognizing their significant contributions to the legal field and public service. This latest announcement follows the December 2023 recognition of 14 lawyers, cumulatively bringing the total to 18 K.C. appointments for the year.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre highlighted the exceptional qualities of the appointees, stating, “These are outstanding lawyers who have made significant contributions to the legal profession in Saskatchewan. Within their different areas of practice and expertise, each is eminently-deserving of this designation.”

The newly appointed King’s Counsels include:

  • Louis A. Browne, a member of the Willows, Wellsch Orr and Brundige LLP in Regina. Browne, who was admitted to the bar in 2003, has demonstrated significant expertise in his legal practice.
  • James T. Sproule, associated with McKercher LLP in Saskatoon. Sproule’s legal career, which began with his admission to the bar in 1994, has been marked by a depth of knowledge and service.
  • Darlene N. Wingerak of Robertson Stromberg LLP in Saskatoon, who has been a bar member since 1993, exemplifying a commitment to legal excellence.
  • Elizabeth A. Hilts, serving as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Prosecutions within the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General in Regina. Hilts has been a practicing lawyer since her admission to the bar in 1996.

King’s Counsel appointments are determined by a selection committee that includes Saskatchewan’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan or the Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench, and past presidents of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Bar Association and Law Society of Saskatchewan.

To qualify for this esteemed designation, candidates must be residents of Saskatchewan and have a minimum of ten years of legal practice in the superior courts of any Canadian province or territory, the United Kingdom, or Ireland. These appointments serve as a recognition of the highest levels of legal proficiency and dedication to public service, marking a significant milestone in the careers of the appointed lawyers.

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