Heather McKay practises exclusively in the area of Family Law and is recognized as a leader in her field. Her practice focuses on negotiated resolutions of complicated property and support matters. She has extensive training in dispute resolution including training as a mediator and as a collaborative law lawyer. She also has years of experience as a litigator with a long list of reported decisions to her credit. She understands the emotional and financial toll that divorce takes on her clients and their families and works closely with each client to ensure a process that works for them.
Heather received her law degree from the University of Calgary in 1983. She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2002. She has been included in "The Best Lawyers in Canada" annually since 2006 in the area of Family.
Heather has been an instructor, speaker, panellist and lecturer, for a number of organisations, including the Canadian Bar Association both Nationally and Provincially, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the University of Calgary Law School and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She has written and presented a number of academic papers at conferences all across Canada.
Heather has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association at both the provincial and national level. She has chaired both the South Alberta Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the National Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She was a member of the National Sections Counsel Executive and sat on the Child Support Guideline Advisory Committee for 5 years.
Her memberships include the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Association for Collaborative Family Lawyers in Calgary. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Nickle Arts Museum.