June 2, 2017
When Kevin Kurtz began his career at Stringam LLP in 2008, he was one of four lawyers working out of a nondescript strip mall office.
“When I started articling I saw Medicine Hat as a place where there is a lot of opportunity for young lawyers if they were willing to work hard,” says Kurtz.
Hard work resulted in swift growth and a promotion for Kurtz, now a partner at the firm.
All told, Stringam has doubled in size since 2008, to eight full-time lawyers, and offices in eight communities across Alberta, making it one of the largest law firms outside of Calgary and Edmonton.
Their Medicine Hat office, meanwhile, is a classically designed building with arched windows that allow light to flood the building – a far cry from strip mall beginnings.
“Our office is full of people who have chosen to relocate to Medicine Hat in order to grow their career,” says Kurtz, adding that most of the lawyers at Stringam are under the age of 40.
In fact, fresh-faced lawyers from across Canada are looking outside of large metropolitan centres as places to advance their careers.
Drawn by diversity of work and better work-life balance, firms in smaller cities like Medicine Hat are able to attract recent graduates to fill positions in what has been termed the “greying bar.”
“As baby boomers begin to retire, young professionals are seizing the opportunity to accelerate their careers in Medicine Hat,” says Ryan Jackson, Invest Medicine Hat’s CEO. “We see young professionals like Kevin as a tremendous asset to our community.”
For his part, Kurtz enjoys the challenging work that is available in Medicine Hat, one of the many perks of working in a smaller centre.
“Medicine Hat has a reputation of having a collegial bar and I get to practice law with great people,” says Kurtz.