Susan L. Zwaenepoel QC (Retired)
Barrister & Solicitor
Susan’s clients rely on her expertise to assist them in managing the emotions and conflict that separation and divorce generates. Susan’s goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable guidance to assist her clients and their spouses in reaching a well-informed and mutually acceptable agreement. She helps her clients find solutions that put the children’s needs first, preserves the family assets and businesses and manages the debt and cash flow issues that arise from the separation. Susan offers clients options for resolving these issues in a creative, respectful, practical and cost-effective manner without going to court. Susan’s focus is on helping divorcing couples to resolve conflict through mediation, collaborative practice, and negotiation. Her skill and experience assists her clients in achieving a settlement that reduces the loss and damage to their children, finances and business that is often caused by divorce.
Susan began her legal career in 1982 with a mixed civil litigation and family law practice. In 1989, she joined this firm and focussed her practice exclusively on family law. In the early 2000’s, after many years of experience in all aspects of family law litigation, Susan began work to bring Collaborative Practice to Edmonton. Since then, Susan has been actively involved in the development and growth of Collaborative Practice in Alberta. She has extensive training in collaborative practice, mediation, interest based negotiation and non-defensive communication. She is widely recognized as one of Edmonton’s most experienced collaborative professionals and as a leader in Collaborative Practice in Alberta.
Susan has been the Registrar of the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Edmonton) since 2002. She is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Alberta, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Committee and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Susan is a lecturer and trainer of lawyers, financial and mental health professionals in Collaborative Practice and Interest Based Negotiation at the University of Alberta, with the Legal Education Society of Alberta and through the Association of Collaborative Family Professionals (Edmonton). Susan has been qualified as an expert in Collaborative Practice and standard of care by the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.