Edward S. Pipella, Q.C.
|The Late Edward S. Pipella, Q.C., (1931 – 2014)|
Edward S. Pipella Q.C., was repeatedly selected by his peers as one of the “Best lawyers in Canada”
Celebrated over 56 Years of Service at the Bar
Edward S. Pipella, Q.C., was awarded a peer review rating of AV – Preeminent (the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standards). The AV – Pre-Eminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process.
Mr. Pipella was a committed philanthropist and advocate who dedicated his career to assisting those impacted by catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Mr. Pipella started his career as a general practitioner, representing individuals with respect to criminal matters and dealing with family and real estate law. During the 1960s, he changed Alberta’s legal system with many precedent-setting cases including a 1968 fatality lawsuit and Alberta’s first seat belt defense case.
From the 1970s, Mr. Pipella’s passions saw his focus evolve into a specialized personal injury practice. His distinguished career arguing serious personal injury and wrongful death cases made legal history many times over with judgments that created new law and out of court settlements that continue to rank amongst the highest ever awarded in Western Canada.
Mr. Pipella graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Economics in 1954, and in 1957, with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1958, and had cases argued before both the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mr. Pipella was a member of the Bar in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and California. He acted as senior counsel when Pipella Law represented the family of wrestler, Owen Hart, in a wrongful death suit, for which he also became a member of the Missouri Bar.
Mr. Pipella gave back to the community by providing continuing legal education through the Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA). Pipella Law supported numerous non-profit organizations including the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA), now Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (SCI), the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI), the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society (SABIS), the Disabled Sailing Association of Alberta, Accessible Housing Society Calgary, Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency (URSA), Calgary Flames “Adopt-A-Team,” the Calgary Stampeders Alumni Golf tournament, junior football, and numerous other local charities. Mr. Pipella was both a Mason and a Shriner and was particularly proud to be a part of the contribution the Shriners make to the lives of children in funding free medical treatment throughout many hospitals in North America.
From 1957 – 1964, Mr. Pipella served as a Flight Lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF (AUX) 30 Wing 403 Squadron.
Mr. Pipella’s passion was to always fight for fair compensation for victims and families of serious injuries and wrongful death, thereby allowing them to resume as normal a life as possible. He was extremely proud that his daughters, Tara D. Pipella and Kimber R. Pipella followed in his footsteps and now continue his legacy, along with other members of the Pipella Law team, who all share his commitment to the legal rights of victims.