We are Agribusiness Lawyers.

Smith Hersey is a regional agribusiness law firm focused on providing specialized legal services for farmers and ranchers in the Southeast region of Alberta.

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Area of Practice
Corporate Structure & Business Services
Commercial Agreements
Corporate Finance
Real Estate Transactions
Estates & Estate Planning
Agriculture
Taxation
Location
Medicine Hat
Oyen
Hanna
Consort
Three Hills

Daniel J. Smith, Q.C.

Barrister and Solicitor
Daniel J. Smith, Q.C.

Barrister and Solicitor

Dan is originally from Nova Scotia, but went to university in Montreal and Ottawa. After graduating from law school at the University of Ottawa, Dan moved to Medicine Hat with his wife, Cathy. Dan and Cathy were married just before the move to Medicine Hat, and their 3 daughters, Sarah, Emily, and Kate, were born and raised there. Dan began his legal career in southern Alberta as a trial lawyer, however, he decided to take his practice in an entirely different direction by entering the corporate commercial world in 1993 when he opened an office in the Town of Oyen. Since that time, Dan has been instrumental in opening offices in Hanna, Consort, and Three Hills, and Smith & Hersey now employs 15 full-time staff members.

Although Dan gives due respect to his educational background, he states, with conviction, that he learned to be a good lawyer on the football field and on the ice. Dan was the captain and quarterback of every football team he played for from the age of 11 until he finished his university football career when he was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League. Dan states that because of the lessons he learned and hard work he has endured on the field and on the ice, that if you hire him or his firm to do a job, then that job will get done and it will get done to the best of his and his staff’s abilities.

Simon Hersey, J.D., LL.B.

Barrister and Solicitor
Simon Hersey, J.D., LL.B.

Barrister and Solicitor

“Law is changing. So is your lawyer.”

My practice, which is based in two wonderful communities, Hanna and Medicine Hat, is an almost equal mix of agriculture-based clients as well as “non-ag” ones with businesses from a wide range of industries.

I am currently working with an international agri-business, an inter-generational transition and implementation of a Joint Venture farming arrangement, as well as several farm and ranch operations that are navigating an expansion. On the “non-ag” side I am currently working on some tech start-ups as well as an expanding retail operation.

PRACTICE FOCUS:
• Agriculture & Agribusiness
• Real Estate
• Corporations, Partnerships and Not-for-profits
• Commercial & Business Transactions
• Wills & Estates
• Transition/Estate Planning
• Financing & Secured Transactions
• Commercial Leasing
• Tax

My clients’ entrepreneurial outlook and dedication to their operations is what motivates me to continuous improvement, something we take seriously at our firm. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal matters with you and join your team as you continue to grow your agribusiness or business.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and four children. When I do manage to carve out some time for myself, I head to my garage to work on my `43 Willy’s Jeep.

Shane Donner

Barrister and Solicitor
Shane Donner

Barrister and Solicitor

After spending many years working on various oil and gas projects in southern and northern Alberta, it was an easy decision for me to forego the lure of big city lights and return to my hometown of Medicine Hat upon graduating from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law.

Since joining the team at Smith & Hersey, I have developed a strong agribusiness and corporate/commercial practice in both Three Hills and Medicine Hat, with a particular emphasis on issues pertaining to renewable energy leasing.

I am a firm believer in developing personal relationships with my clients. I take great pride in the fact that these relationships have grown outside of business where I have gladly helped clients brand cattle and mend fences, which has led to many dinners at the family table.

In my free time, I can usually be found hanging out with my family. I also like to hunt, fish, and building new pieces of furniture in the garage.

Reid Wilkie

Barrister and Solicitor
Reid Wilkie

Barrister and Solicitor

“The law is too complex to be a jack of all trades, that’s why agriculture/agribusiness law is all I do.” This is my common reply when clients inquire about having me handle their agriculture and estate planning needs. It's not that I don't handle non-agriculture matters, but that is the area I have intentionally focused. For me, the law is complex enough that I don't try my hand in other areas (family, litigation, criminal, etc), but rather to give my clients high level comprehensive service in all things agriculture, from complex estate planning and tax transactions for large corporate farms to basic land deals and small farms.

Ironically, my upbringing wasn't in agriculture, having been raised in some of Canada's largest cities, however, I was unusual in that I sought to leave the big city, married into a farming family and greatly enjoy travelling to Alberta's small towns and farms to meet with clients.

My practice is based out of Medicine Hat; remote office is in Consort (I keep office hours every Wednesday and Thursday), and regular trips are made to Wainwright. Aside from these regular travel locations, I am happy for an excuse to leave the office to meet with you and family at your farm. In the winter and spring, I can be found making presentations on estate planning and young farmer issues all across the province.

When not working I enjoy spending time with my young family, working on home renovation projects, volunteering with my church, and looking for an excuse to cook some large piece of meat on my smoker.