Family & Divorce Lawyers

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Tracy C. Brown 2019-04-23T10:12:32+00:00

Tracy C. Brown B.A. Hon. (Toronto), J.D. (Osgoode)

Passionate Advocate

Tracy is a passionate advocate for reasonable resolutions guided by fairness and the ‘best interests of children’.  She does not shy away from the Courtroom, but she will first work tirelessly to help clients avoid the Courtroom.

Strategic Counsel

Trained in Mediation, Parenting Coordination and Collaborative Law, Tracy is increasingly guiding her clients away from the Courtroom. She takes a collaborative approach to all matters unless and until this strategy becomes impossible. Where in a formal Collaborative Divorce process or any other approach to family disputes, the better way is always one of the alternatives to litigation.

Even in litigation matters, Tracy is not a ‘hired gun. She will make every effort to provide you with the legal information, advice and guidance to come to reasonable positions centered on what really matters to you. You don’t want to set foot in a Courtroom unless you have a legally defensible position, which is objectively seen to be reasonable. With information and advice, Tracy strives to enable clients to make informed and reasonable decisions throughout the legal process.

Personalized Service

When retaining Tracy to work on your behalf she really gets to know your personal circumstances in depth. She tailors a legal strategy to your specific situation. She is honest and upfront about your legal case. If she believes you have unrealistic expectations, she will tell you. As with most Family lawyers, Tracy has a lot on her plate in any given day, but she makes every effort to be as responsive as possible to every client.

Commitment to “Do No Harm”

In family disputes with children involved, Tracy believes that Family lawyers have an ethical obligation to “do no harm” to children, to the extent lawyers can impact on how the legal process affects children. Tracy is a Family lawyer who will advise against legal action that is unreasonable, vindictive, mean-spirited or losing sight of children’s best interests.

Representing Children

Tracy has always had a child-focused practice and she has considerable experience in working with high-conflict families. She loves working with children and has specific training in meeting with children affected by family breakdown and parenting disputes. She is also trained in personality disorders, mental illness and addiction as these affect children in separating families. She is well-versed in the detrimental effects of parental alienation and the alienating behaviours of high-conflict parents.

Collaborative Divorce

Tracy is a registered Collaborative Divorce Lawyer.

Mediation

For those who may be considering mediation to resolve their divorce or family dispute, Tracy now offers mediation services, including Divorce Mediation packages.

Tenacious Litigator – when there is no other way

Tracy has demonstrated skills in litigation, both in the Courtroom and in preparing detailed and well-researched legal briefs for the Court.

Since her Call to the Bar of Ontario and Alberta in 2010, Tracy has successfully appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Provincial Court of Alberta. Most Court decisions are not reported, but some of those that were reported include:

Education

B.A.Hons (1994) from the University of Toronto in International Development Studies and a Juris Doctor Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (2009)

While at Osgoode, Tracy was selected for competitive mooting teams every year and worked as a Division Leader and Caseworker in the Community & Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP) where she handled a full caseload of immigration, refugee and employment matters. As a 2nd year Law student Tracy conducted her first trial in a wrongful dismissal action, reported as Valdivia v. Long G. [2007] O.J. No. 5207.

Select Training

  • Separation & Divorce Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA), Edmonton Oct. 11-16, 2018
  • National Family Law Program, Federation of Law Societies , Vancouver July 8-12, 2018
  • Mediating Dispute, Harvard Negotiation Institute (Richard Mnookin, Gary Friedman, Dana Curtis), Cambridge MA June 11-15, 2018
  • 55th Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC): Compassionate Family Court Systems: The Role of Trauma-Informed Jurisprudence, Washington DC June 6-9, 2018:
    • Mediation with Personality Disordered Clients (Bill Eddy)
    • AFCC Parenting Coordination Guidelines TaskForce: Paving the Way for the Future (Debra Carter PhD et al)
    • Interviewing Traumatized Children (Mindy Mitnick)
    • New Ways for Families: A Canadian Perspective for Trauma-Informed Practice (Bill Eddy et al)
    • Views of the Child Reports: A Valuable Addition to the Family Justice Toolbox (Rachel Birnbaum PhD, Nicholas Bala)
  • People with Complicated Operating Systems & How to Communicate with Them (Megan Hunter), Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS), Calgary April 20, 2018
  • AFCC Alberta Conference: Children who Resist Post-Separation Contact, Edmonton March 15-16, 2018:
    • Impact of Early Experiences on Brain Development, Learning & Health (Nicole Sherren PhD)
    • Children Who Resist Post-Separation Contact with a Parent (Barbara Jo Fidler PhD and Nicholas Bala)
    • Interviewing Children regarding High Stress Issues (John Pearce PhD and Terry Pezzot-Pearce PhD)
  • Parenting Coordination: Work in the Trenches with High Conflict CoParents (Matthew Sullivan PhD), AFCC, Chicago, March 7-8, 2018
  • Meeting with Children (Lorri Yasenik PhD and Jon Graham), Edmonton Jan 24-27, 2018
  • Parenting Coordination: Essential Tools for Conflict Resolution (Debra Carter PhD), AFCC, Baltimore Dec.4-5, 2017
  • Parenting Coordination and Mediation / Arbitration Process Design, AFCC Alberta, Calgary November 27, 2017
  • Parent-Child Contact Problems II: More News You Can Use (Barbara Jo Fidler PhD), AFCC Webinar July 19, 2017
  • People with Complicated Operating Systems & How to Communicate with Them (Megan Hunter), Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS), Calgary April 20, 2018
  • AFCC Alberta Conference: The New Millenial Family: Navigating Best Practice in a Changing World, Calgary March 16-17, 2017:
    • Ethical Dilemmas Facing Lawyers & Mental Health Professionals in Work with High Conflict Parents
    • A Child Development Refresher: Implications for Parenting Planning for Young Children (Marsha Kline Pruett PhD)
    • Millennial Fathers and Co-Parenting (Dr. Kyle Pruett MD)
  • Collaborative Family Law Training, Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA), Edmonton 2015-2017
  • National Family Law Program, Federation of Law Societies , St. John’s Nfld July 11-14, 2016
  • Representation of Children in High Conflict Family Matters, Legal Aid Alberta, Edmonton Nov 14, 2014

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Alberta – Family Law Section Executive and Women Lawyers’ Forum
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA)
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Association of Collaborative Family Professionals (ACFP)
  • Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association (CDAA)
  • Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS)
  • Legal Education and Action Fund for Women (LEAF)
  • The Advocates Society

Languages

Spanish, Portuguese