As an experienced family law practitioner, Angela understands the importance of providing a supportive space for clients going through difficult family transitions. This is obvious in her ability to quickly build rapport with clients and her dedication to enabling and encouraging transformations as her clients work toward resolution. Her passion for people and providing dynamic and customized solutions are what enable Angela to strive to make the seemingly impossible, possible.
Angela’s areas of family law expertise include complex financial matters and asset division, the analysis and division of business assets, income determination of business owners, international divorce, adoption, child protection and custody. Angela is trained in collaborative family law and mediation and is known for her ability to navigate conflict and alleviate heightened emotions typically associated with family law disputes.
Called to the bar in 2002, after completing her Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia, Angela practiced commercial litigation in Vancouver before moving back to her native province of Nova Scotia. Upon her return to the east coast, she worked with ACOA and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women to write and enforce policy before building her family law practice and eventually joining Mary Jane McGinty and Christine Doucet in 2012, quickly becoming partner and instituting what would be the beginning of MDW Law.
Angela is highly active in the legal community. Angela sits as an Adjudicator for the NS Small Claims Court and is a board member of Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada, which has taken her to the United Nations in Geneva. Angela is also a mentor through the Lawyers Insurance Association of Nova Scotia. Angela is a member of the Court of Appeal Liasion Committee and a past-member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society Practice Standards Committee for Family Law and the CBC National/National ABC International Initiatives Task Force. As a consummate learner, she has earned various certifications throughout her career and has completed intensive family mediation training at Riverdale Mediation, Toronto.
Often described as warm, inspirational, smart, capable and adventurous, Angela is passionate about her work and dedicated to consistently delivering excellence. A parent through adoption, outside of the office her greatest joy is spending time with her seven-year old spirited and comical little man, while attempting to illicit information from him about his days spent at school. She also loves planning travel adventures with her husband, preparing different cuisines, planning the next home renovation and exploring new hiking trails with her lovingly goofy Chocolate Lab, Nandi Bea.
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, 2001
Masters in Public Administration
Dalhousie University, 2005
Acadia University, 1998
Nova Scotia, 2007
British Columbia, 2002