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Wanda Dawson became a Partner at Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP in 2017. A family law practitioner, mediator, and parenting coordinator, Wanda Dawson has argued successfully at every level of Court in Alberta.


Her extensive training and experience in many methods of litigation and conflict resolution, including collaborative law, lawyer-assisted mediation, arbitration, interest-based negotiation, and parenting coordination, reduces impact, financially and emotionally, on her clients and their families.


Recent training and development completed by Wanda include the following:



Wanda has taught Interest Based Negotiation and Mediation at the University of Calgary Law School and at the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education, and has taught Mediation of Parenting Issues through the Legal Education Society of Alberta.  She is also a Dispute Resolution Officer at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.


Wanda earned her LL.B at the University of Alberta in 1999 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2000.  Prior to her arrival at Widdowson Kachur Ostwald Menzies LLP, Wanda was a partner at Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP for 5 years.

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  • Collaborative Lawyers of Alberta
  • Alberta Family Mediation Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, Family Law Executive (elected 2013)
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Advocates Society
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  • Dispute Resolution Officer, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (2011 – Present)
  • Legal Advice to Calgary Women’s Shelter


(403) 930-5768

Legal Assistant:
Jennifer Clement
(403) 930-5772