Ostwald, Q.C.

As partner and co-founder of WK Family Lawyers, Krysta emphasizes resolving disputes without unnecessary conflict. Utilizing collaborative family law, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, Krysta strives to resolve issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.


Through advice and support, Krysta empowers her clients to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. While having practiced family law exclusively for 20 years, Krysta also frequently acts as a mediator and an arbitrator.


Krysta has been named by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and Woodward White Inc. as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada every year since 2006. In addition, she has been on the organizing committee for the National Family Law Program since 2009.


Krysta has completed the Meeting with Children Training of Lorri A. Yasenik PhD and Jonathan M. Graham LLB (

  • Queen’s Counsel (2020)
  • Best Lawyer:  Lawyer of the Year Award, Family Law, Calgary (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2006 – present)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2006-present)
down arrow Professional Contributions
  • ADRIA arbitration course
  • On the faculty for N.F.L.A.C. (National Family Law Arbitration Course)
  • Completed Screening for Power Imbalances and Family Violence for Family Lawyers
  • Completed Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance Certificate
down arrow Professional Publications
  • Lecturer and author, Legal Educational Society of Alberta (LESA) 50th Annual Refresher, 2017
  • Lecturer and author, National Judicial Institute (NJI), Family Law Seminar, Evidence and Procedure, 2017
  • Lecturer and author, National Family Law Program (NFLP), 2014, 2012 and 2006
  • Lecturer and author, Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA), 2013, 2012 and 2002
down arrow Professional Associations
  • The Advocates Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Association of Collaborative Family Lawyers
  • ADR Institute of Alberta
down arrow Community Work
  • Faculty, National Family Law Arbitration Course
  • Director, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (April 2017 – present)
  • Director, The Advocates Society (January 2017 – present)
  • Organizing Committee, National Family Law Program (2009 – Present)
  • Dispute Resolution Officer, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (2008 – Present)
  • Discovery House Pro Bono Project Manager, Pro Bono Law Alberta (2013 – present)
  • Firm Representative, Justicia Phase Two Law Society of Alberta (2013 – present)
  • Instructor, Legal Education Society of Alberta  (2001 – Present)
  • Instructor, Intensive Advocacy Course (2012 – 2013) and Mediation Course (2009-present)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Managing Partners Sub Section Executive Committee (2012 – present)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Family Law South Section Executive Committee (2001 – 2007)
  • Organizer and Volunteer, Mustard Seed (2001 – present)
  • Manager, U14 Boys Tier 1 (Indoor & Outdoor) Alberta Soccer Association (2015 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Calgary Villains Football Association (2013 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Canmore Condo Board
  • Calgary Legal Guidance (1998 – 1999)

Krysta Ostwald

(403) 930-5754

Legal Assistant:
Suzanne Routly
(403) 930-5755

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