After seven years as a legal secretary Kay attended Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1986. Since then she’s practiced law throughout Nova Scotia in both small and large Halifax firms, beginning with a general practice focusing on real estate, estates, family law and civil litigation. She was a founding partner of Reierson Sealy in 1995 and a sole practitioner for 16 years, joining MDW Law as counsel in 2014.
From 2000 to 2016, Kay has practiced exclusively family law helping married and unmarried couples resolve parenting, support and complex matrimonial, business and pension divisions. She has appeared regularly before the Family, Supreme and Appeal Courts of Nova Scotia and is a thorough and forceful litigator. Since 2017 she’s begun to expand her practice to help families deal with estate disputes.
Kay enjoys representing people in all Courts throughout Nova Scotia and offers appointments and attends Court outside HRM as required. In particular, she enjoys working on the South Shore (where she was born and raised) and in the Annapolis Valley.
Kay gives clients prompt, clear advice that is sensitive to their individual circumstances. She believes it is best to first look for creative settlements that avoid court and minimize the emotional and financial impact of litigation. To that end, she’s completed a Level One Negotiation Certificate at Harvard Law School, Nova Scotia Collaborative Law certification with further training in the Atlantic Provinces and the United States and private training/courses in arbitration, mental health law, elder law and negotiating skills.
Kay has taught law courses at Mount St. Vincent University, written and presented various papers and served as an elected member of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Other volunteer work has included Nova Scotia Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act Review Board member, Canadian Bar Association representative on the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee and ten years as legal counsel to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Nova Scotia Branch. She currently sits on the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Family Law Standards Committee.
In her spare time Kay enjoys family activities with two active young grandchildren and a Yorkie with attitude, all types of music, Scrabble, gardening and golfing (badly but with enthusiasm).
Dalhousie Law School, 1985
Level 1 Negotiation Certificate
Harvard Law School, 1997
Dalhousie University, 1982
Nova Scotia, 1986