I strive to put my diverse background and broad experience to work for each and every one of my family law clients.
I am a strong advocate and believe in problem-solving from a client-centred perspective with the goal of achieving practical resolution. My practice includes all areas of family law including custody, child support, spousal support, divorce, matrimonial property, child protection and appeals.
I believe that there are many advantages of resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. However, should the court process be necessary, I have over 10 years of experience in civil litigation in a variety of litigation matters including drafting (complex) pleadings, affidavit evidence, motions, examinations for discovery, judicial review, and appeals.
Before becoming a lawyer, I obtained a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from Carleton University. I worked as a social worker in a variety of settings including Child and Family Services as well as health care (both acute care and in the community). I have worked with children, youth, and adults from all different backgrounds—in urban centres, rural, and First Nations communities. Through my work as a social worker, I developed a number of skills including being able to engage and work effectively with clients in crisis as well as problem-solving from a client-centred perspective. I have found these skills to be invaluable in the practice of law.
I received my Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan. I then went on to article and practice law at a boutique firm specializing in Aboriginal and Treaty rights litigation. I have appeared at all levels of court, including the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Manitoba Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada (co-counsel and written submissions). I have appeared before various administrative tribunals.
Beginning September, 2019/Fall Semester, I will be teaching the “Indigenous Law in Canada” course as a sessional lecturer at the University of Calgary, International Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Political Science.
J.D., University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, 2007
My sons have been involved in Lacrosse, and I have managed a Lacrosse team for a local club and for Team Alberta – North American Indigenous Games
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