A few years into her practice as a family lawyer, a trusted colleague suggested to Mary that divorce was an opportunity for a new beginning. It was a simple idea that has helped shape Mary’s approach to what she does in helping clients navigate the breakdown of relationships and come to agreements and settlements that will provide a strong foundation for that new beginning.
In addition to working with clients going through separations, Mary feels strongly that cohabitation and marriage agreements are powerful instruments that provide people certainty. Mary has also assisted clients with adoptions and those who are involved in child protection proceedings.
Mary is settlement oriented – believing that parties coming to an agreement on their own terms, outside of the courtroom, is usually in everyone’s best interests – but also recognizes that some cases must be litigated. Mary is passionate about advocacy and is tireless in her preparation when representing clients in the courtroom. And she believes one should never stop being a student – making sure she keeps on top of the most recent court decisions and best practices.
Mary was born in Victoria, BC and grew up in Ottawa and Kingston, ON, and Halifax, NS (it might be obvious she comes from a military family!). Mary joined MDW in 2022 after articling and practicing for five years at BoyneClarke LLP in Dartmouth.
Outside of the office and courtroom, Mary enjoys boardgames, reading, and walks through the city with her family, coffee in hand.
Dalhousie University, 2016
Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) in History
Dalhousie University, 2009
Nova Scotia 2017