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Dunphy Best Blocksom
Dunphy Best Blocksom
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Call us: 403.265.7777
“I am sensitive to the fact that every client has unique circumstances and needs in family law. My approach is to settle matters as cost effectively and amicably as possible while looking out for my clients.”
Sandy A. Vander Ziel
Associate

Sandy A. Vander Ziel

Associate

 

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Sandy Vander Ziel joined DBB in 2013 and practices exclusively in family law. She is a registered collaborative lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, as well as a dispute resolution officer with the Court of Queen’s Bench. She has practiced in the area of family law at local and national law firms since 2002.Sandy has significant experience with a variety of methods of Alternate Dispute Resolution including collaborative law, lawyer assisted mediation, arbitration and interest based negotiation.

 

Sandy works in all areas of family law including, but not limited, to separation and divorce, parenting plans, child custody, child and spousal support, matrimonial property, as well as co-habitation and prenuptial agreements. Sandy has a strong collaborative practice and is known for her in-depth experience with domestic violence matters and has received training in spousal abuse risk assessment.

 

Sandy has had extensive experience appearing at the Court of Queen’s Bench as well as Provincial Family Court, particularly as a child and youth advocate. She has represented children through the Legal Representation for Children and Youth Advocacy Program.

 

Sandy is committed to working in an atmosphere that promotes healthy parenting relationships post-separation so that the best interests of children are always protected.

 

She is the Past Chair of the Association of Collaborative Professionals and is a volunteer with the Legal Education Society of Alberta as an instructor and evaluator for the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education program. Sandy is also an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Family Law Section.

 

Sandy has a passion for community involvement and is the Past Chair of the Calgary Youth Justice Society Board of Directors. During her tenure on the Board, the Sandy Vander Ziel Heart of Change Award was established in her name.

 

Sandy is the current President of the Board of Directors for Sonshine Community Services, a second-stage transitional shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. She is truly passionate about her work with Sonshine and the recent opening of the first children’s centre in North America, which provides children who have been exposed to and/or have been victims of domestic violence, with therapeutic intervention to work towards breaking the cycle of violence.

Sandy A. Vander Ziel

Associate

 

  • Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law

Sandy A. Vander Ziel

Associate

 

  • Alberta Family Mediation Society
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Association of Collaborative Professionals, Past Director
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association: Family Law Executive (elected 2014)

Sandy A. Vander Ziel

Associate

 

  • Things You Want to Know About Spousal Support, but Were Afraid to Ask;
  • Understanding the Law on Spousal Support – 2012
  • 2001 Recent Developments of Interest to Oil and Gas Lawyers

Sandy A. Vander Ziel

Associate

 

  • Women in Law Leadership Award for Service to the Community for all of Alberta
  • Grant McKibben Prize: University of Calgary
  • Gold Key Award: University of Alberta
  • Hilda Wilson Volunteer Recognition Award: University of Alberta

CONTACT ASSISTANT

Karyn Ciarla
(403) 750-1118
ciarla@dbblaw.com

Education

University of Alberta, B.A., 1997
University of Calgary, J.D., 2000

Called to the Bar

Alberta - 2001

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