Mary, who was born in Nanaimo, completed her Bachelor of Education Degree in 1982 and graduated from the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law in 1987. Since her call to the Bar in 1988, Mary has maintained an active legal practice in Victoria. Over the years, she has focused her practise and now works exclusively in the area of family law.
A qualified mediator since 1996, Mary is a roster member of Mediate BC and she is called upon regularly by families and lawyers to assist as a neutral mediator in disputes.
Mary is also an arbitrator and can offer mediation/arbitration as well as stand-alone arbitration services.
Mary’s approach to conflict always includes a large component of compassion and common sense.
Mary’s practice includes collaborative law and she is a roster member of the Hear the Child Society.
Mary has been active in a variety of professional organizations, such as the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch, the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Victoria Bar Association. Most recently, Mary was appointed to the British Columbia Access to Justice Committee for a three-year term.
Mary remains an active participant in, and presenter at, a variety of legal organizations, including the Continuing Legal Education Society and Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch sections.
Mary has been involved in a variety of community Boards, including the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre and the Victoria Heritage Foundation and she is currently a director on the board of the Victoria Foundation.
Mary has been honoured to receive a number of awards, the Pam Murray Award from the Victoria Bar Association, the Dean’s Cup from the University of Victoria Law School and she was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in December of 2011. In November of 2015, Mary received the Georges A. Goyer, QC award for distinguished service from the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.
Areas of Law:
- Dispute Resolution
- Family Law
- Notary Services