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Barbara J.H.

Widdowson, Q.C.

A partner and co-founder of WK Family Lawyers, Barbara J.H. Widdowson Q.C. was one of the first practitioners of Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution in Alberta. She has extensive experience in all areas of Family Law, including Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration. Having practiced family law exclusively since the early 1980s,she can be retained by both parties to act as a Mediator or an Arbitrator, or by a single party to act as Counsel, advocating on her clients’ behalf.


Barbara believes that all legal professionals in the field must use creative approaches to better empower their clients to work through what is often the most difficult time in their lives. Court intervention may be necessary, but should be the  last resort in Family Law matters.


Barbara has been an instructor in Family Law for CPLED (the bar admission course), and for the Red Deer College Family Law Course. She has written articles and presented for the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, the National Family Law Program and the National Judicial Institute.


A fifth generation Calgarian, articled to J.V.H. Milvain, Chief Justice of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Alberta. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1976 and was awarded her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2006.  She has been active on Committees of the Law Society of Alberta, including The Family Law advisory Committee, the Conduct Committee and the Trust Safety Committee.


Barbara’s expertise  has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, and  the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

  • Queen’s Counsel (2006)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Calgary Family Law  Lawyer of the Year (2012)
  • Best Lawyers (Consistently Ranked)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Consistently Recommended)
down arrow Professional Contributions
  • Mentor, Family Law, Law Society of Alberta (1990 to present) 
Instructor, Family Law, Bar Admission Course  (1990 and 1991)
  • Instructor, Family Law, Red Deer College (1991 – 1993)
  • Co-Instructor, Mediation of Family Law Disputes, Mount Royal College (1995)
Lecturer, Family Law Update, Legal Education Society of Alberta (1998)
  • Lecturer, Family Law Support Issues, Legal Education Society of Alberta (2002)
Lecturer, Alberta branch of the Canadian Bar Association (2002)
Lecturer, Property in Family Law, Legal Education Society of Alberta (2007)
  • Lecturer, National Family Law Program (2010)
Lecturer, National Judicial Institute (2013)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta, Family Law Advisory Committee (2010 – 2013)
Member, Law Society of Alberta, Conduct Committee (2014 – present)
down arrow Professional Associations
  • Canadian Bar Association (Family Law Subsection)
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
down arrow Community Work
  • The Glencoe Club (Member, Member of Board of Directors, Past President)
  • The Glencoe Golf & Country Club (Member, Past President, Ladies’ Committee, Member of Board of Directors)
  • City of Calgary Pathways Committee (Past Member)


(403) 930-5750

Legal Assistant:
Bonny Watson
(403) 930-5751


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