Foster LLP, Calgary
I have actively practised law in Alberta since 1986 and am a Partner at Foster LLP, a well-established, mid-sized Family Law firm. I have practised at all levels of Court, including Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal of Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Over the last 34 years, my practice has evolved to a primary focus on Family Law. In working with parents and children, one must empathize with people of all abilities and walks of life and advocate for them vigorously without judgement or preconceived notions. I possess and hone those skills every day.
Within the context of my work, child advocacy is an essential and emerging area of the law that will continue to evolve and require lawyers to navigate between their child clients, the parents, other family members and our Courts. The Law Society and our members would benefit from having Benchers well-versed in child representation, especially in the area of adjudication and making policy.
I am responsible for co-managing the firm with my other partners which requires the application of empathy, attention and respect to both our staff and our associates as we work through not only legal issues on files, but through the interpersonal issues that occur in our daily lives. I believe the staff, my partners and our associates respect my approach to problem solving, which includes my ability to see all sides and look for resolutions that, as much as possible, meet the needs of each person involved.
I am a member of: the International Academy of Family Lawyers; the South Asian Bar Association; Legal Representation for Children and Youth division of the Office for Child and Youth Advocates (OCYA); a Mentor lawyer for the OCYA; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; and the Calgary Bar Association.
I also have considerable experience in the past serving on the Boards of Karate Canada, Karate Alberta, and the Seven Steps Society as an executive member.
My experience will provide a unique and diverse perspective to my fellow Benchers and to our membership.