I work to provide empathy and experience to clients facing what can be one of the most challenging circumstances of their lives.
I joined Mincher Koeman as an associate in October 2017 after practicing criminal defence since my call to the Alberta Bar in 2016.
In 2015, I received my Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary where I was heavily involved with Student Legal Assistance (SLA). As a Trial Coordinator and a member of the SLA Executive Team, I focused exclusively on complicated litigation files. I was awarded the Borden Ladner Gervais Trial Advocacy Position in 2014. In my final semester of law school, I was chosen as one of five Provincial Court Clerkship students. I shadowed Judges from Family, Criminal, Youth Criminal, and Civil Provincial Court, and during the course of the Clerkship took particular interest in the area of child apprehension.
I began my career articling with a criminal defence boutique continuing my practice as defence counsel until my decision to focus exclusively on the practice of family law. During my practice as a defence lawyer, I appeared daily in Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench to advocate for clients being criminally prosecuted. My background in criminal litigation makes me uniquely qualified to pursue the needs of my clients all the while being alive to the intricacies associated with domestic disputes, addiction and substance abuse.
Each client and family is entirely unique and requires a strategy specifically tailored to their particular circumstances. I am acutely aware that my clients rely on my advice in the midst of incredibly stressful periods in their lives; out-of-court negotiation strategies can often reduce the anxiety inherent in family law disputes. Often times the most efficient strategy involves a thorough exploration of resolution. However, where out-of-court resolution is not viable, my work as defence counsel has equipped me to manage the various complexities that arise in high-conflict matters. My continued focus on litigation throughout my legal career has allowed me to cultivate skills that are not only advantageous in highly contested matters but also essential to successful negotiations.
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