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Donna Gee, BN, LL.B., North Calgary Legal Centre

Donna is a lawyer with Albertan roots and has close ties to the Calgary community. Before her legal career, Donna was a Registered Nurse (RN) and maintained her RN status, making her for many years one of the only lawyers in Canada with an active RN status.

Prior to becoming a nurse, Donna had worked for the Society of Management Accountants and was involved in customer service and management roles. Her knowledge of medication interactions, the health care system, the health care process and working with seniors and families has been a valuable asset to her clients, giving Donna a strong base of skills to help her best assist her clients.

Donna graduated from the University of Calgary law school in 2004 and was called to the Bar after articling with a senior family law and general practice firm, where she worked for the six years prior to founding the North Calgary Legal Centre.

Throughout Donna's practice in family law, she has attained a wide array of experiences that allow her to be a more effective lawyer, including:

  • Director and former Co-chair of the Elder law Section of the Southern Alberta branch of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair of the National Elder Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Over 230 days of trial and hearing experience

Donna practices in the areas of:

Family Law: All aspects, including agreements, litigation, divorce, and advocating for the rights of married and common-law clients. Being a parent herself, Donna understands the importance of preserving the family relationship as much as possible for the sake of the children, while still advocating for what is fair and equitable.

Elder Law: Which includes wills and estate planning, dependent adult matters, probates and administrations, elder law litigation, family law and blended families matters, Grandparents' issues, mental health reviews and capacity matters and most aspects involving seniors. Donna is active in the Elder Law section of the Southern Alberta Canadian Bar Association (CBA) as Co-Chair and current executive member. She also sits on the National Elder Law section of the CBA, travelling across the country to meet with other Elder Law executive members to discuss national elder law matters. As well, she has appeared in several newspapers and a national news show to comment on Elder Law related topics.

 

Mediation: Donna has completed the 180 hour mediation program at Mount Royal University and the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Family Law Mediation Course. She has mediated for communities and for the Small Claims Court, as well as in her legal practice. She brings her mediation experience to all her practice areas as she feels that a background in alternative dispute resolution enhances the process to facilitate reasonable results.

Administrative Law/Court Advocacy/Litigation: Donna has the experience of over 225 days in court and trial in the above areas and with differing administrative panels.

Corporate Law: Donna enjoys providing legal advice for businesses and those involved with businesses.

Impaired Driving: Donna's scope of criminal law practice is presently limited to Impaired Driving advocacy, whereby her medical background has been helpful in successful outcomes.

Donna believes in keeping current with her education. Regularly attending upgrading sessions, especially when involving changes to legislation that impacts seniors. Donna volunteers her time at the Kerby Centre for the 55 Plus and is active in many Elder rights initiatives. She frequently travels to hospitals and care centres if clients cannot come to her.

She has been involved in cutting edge research including the Evaluation of the DRO Program, and the Connect Calgary initiative for the delivery of legal services to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Although she has a busy and varied practice, Donna will always do her best to assist those clients in need of strong and dedicated advocacy.