For more than 30 years, Kelly has been resolving commercial and insurance disputes.
From large corporations, small to large commercial and residential brokerages, insurers to individual professionals, her clients are accustomed to Kelly’s absolute focus on resolution whether by way of court, settlement conferences, mediations, negotiations or other effective methods.
For disputes that escalate to litigation, she is a careful and considered advocate for her clients through mediation or in trial. Kelly has appeared before all levels of courts in British Columbia and before various administrative tribunals. She has been recognized by her peers in the area of Insurance Law and Legal Malpractice Law in Best Lawyers of Canada.
In addition to resolving and litigating cases for her clients, Kelly is often retained to provide day-to-day advice to help avoid costly litigation. Her practical approach, exceptional communication skills and attentiveness to her clients’ needs results in early, cost-effective resolutions.
Her decades-long ability to successfully collaborate and mediate solutions has increasingly benefited her clients and further informed her interest and passion in seeking opportunities to mediate disputes. Kelly’s commitment to alternative methods of resolving disputes included attendance to the highly-regarded Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University where she further honed her mediation skills. Kelly’s mediation practice focuses primarily on corporate commercial disputes and insurance disputes (including professional liability, personal injury, and property claims).
Kelly has authored a number of articles and training materials for various professional organizations in British Columbia. She has been involved, throughout her career, in mentoring young lawyers, both informally in the law firms and formally through the Women Lawyers Forum Mentoring program. She provides pro bono services and is a member of Legal Education and Action Fund and a volunteer with Mom2Mom.
When not at work Kelly can usually be found with her teenage daughter at the horse barn or at horse shows. She enjoys exploring the world with her husband, daughter and friends and/or hiding away with a good book.
L.L.B., University of British Columbia, 1991
Journalism Program, Carleton University, 1987
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1992
Member of the bar in Ontario in 1994 (active member until 1997)
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Member of the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
Member of the ADR Institute of Canada
Member of the ADR Institute of BC
Kelly has written a number of articles for the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation Risk Report and for the British Columbia Real Estate Association.
Listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 – 2021 (Insurance Law)