Pat Bishop grew up in Bow Island, Alberta a small town 50 kilometers west of Medicine Hat.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, graduating in 1976 and from there attended Queen’s University where he received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1979.
He came back west to Medicine Hat immediately after graduating from Queen’s and has practiced there ever since. He has, for 37 years, maintained a Thursday afternoon office in his home town of Bow Island, where in some cases he has acted for 3 generations of a family client.
Pat values the strong personal relationship that he has developed with his clients over the years, and sees this as the most rewarding aspect of his career in law. He takes pride in treating all of his clients with the same dedication and concern without regard to who they are, why they are seeing him, or whatever means, financial or otherwise, that they may possess.
Over the course of his career, Pat has practiced in most areas of the law. In the early years, he conducted a litigation practice, but has since narrowed his areas of law to real estate transactions, with considerable experience in agricultural real estate, corporate work and commercial transactions, as well as wills, estate planning, and estate administration. He strongly believes that although he has left litigation, the experience has been invaluable to him, often saying that having litigated agreements in court provides an added measure of expertise and confidence in preparing the many documents that are a part of his current practice.
Pat has been a cub and scout leader, a soccer coach and a member of numerous not-for-profit boards including the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Victorian Order of Nurses.
He has also contributed to his profession. He has written for both the Canadian Bar Association and the Legal Education Society of Alberta and has presented seminars in the areas of Agricultural Law and Real Estate Conveyancing. Pat was also a member of the committee within the Alberta Law Reform Institute that developed major revisions to the Alberta Rules of Court, and also served on the committee within the Law Society of Alberta that developed the Western Protocol for residential real estate conveyancing which is now a fundamental part of the lawyer’s role in most residential real estate transactions in Alberta.
Pat is an avid cyclist and skier. He enjoys jazz music and has been a major sponsor of the Medicine Hat Jazzfest for many years.