Patricia Blocksom, Q.C.
My focus is on helping my clients restructure their families and lives after a separation in the healthiest, most constructive and compassionate manner possible. I work with my clients to create fair outcomes within respectful processes such as mediation, arbitration and assisted negotiations.
Pat has been a partner with Dunphy Best Blocksom since 1990. She is a skilled senior matrimonial lawyer and her practice emphasizes negotiated resolutions to complex property, support, and custody settlements.
Pat’s current practice focuses on mediation, arbitration in the family and estate law. She also advises on and prepares pre-nuptial, cohabitation and post-nuptial agreements.
She has been a co-instructor for the Legal Education Society of Alberta on mediation training in the area of family disputes from 1996 to 2017. In 2006, she received the John Haynes Memorial Award from the Alberta Family Mediation Society for excellence in mediation.
Pat received her appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1998. She was inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers in 2001, which is an international organization dedicated to improving international family law practice throughout the world.
Pat is involved in international human rights and poverty issues and has been a director on three Canadian charitable foundations: Partners in the Horn of Africa, which funded sustainable development in Ethiopia, and Future Generations Canada, which supported community-based programs in health care, education and rebuilding civil society in Afghanistan. She has traveled extensively throughout rural Ethiopia to work on projects that focus on alleviating poverty by water development, education, HIV prevention and support, reforestation, and orphan fostering. Since 2017, Pat has been a director of CUPS which is a Calgary not-for-profit organization that helps individuals and families overcome the challenges of poverty and attain self-sufficiency.
In 2011, Pat was inducted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta into the Alberta Order of Excellence—the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. This award recognizes Albertans who have made a difference, who have served Albertans with excellence and distinction, and whose contributions will stand the test of time. Pat is the first female lawyer in Alberta to receive this prestigious award.
Also in 2011, Pat received the Canadian Bar Association Touchstone Award for her outstanding accomplishments in promoting equality in the Canadian legal community. In 2017, she received the Lilian Ruby Clements Trailblazer Award for advancing equality issues for women in the legal profession. In 2019, she received the Women in Law and Leadership Award for service to the community.
In 1991, Pat was appointed by the Canadian Bar Association as a founding member of their National Task Force on Gender Equality in the Legal Profession. In 2012, she was appointed to the National Action Committee on Access to Family Justice in Canada. You can download the final report here.
She has also been recognized as a leader in family law in L’Expert Directory to Canadian lawyers.
She is a frequent speaker and sessional lecturer at the University of Calgary and at provincial, national and international family law conferences. She has authored and co-authored papers on mediation, equality issues, child and spousal support and business valuations.
Outside of work, Pat’s passions include philanthropy, cooking, photography, and travel. From June 2013 to June 2014, Pat took a leave of absence to spend a year living in Florence, Italy.
EducationUniversity of Calgary, LL. B., 1982
University of Lethbridge, 1979
Called to the BarAlberta - 1983
- Assisted negotiations
- Mediation and Arbitration, with a primary focus in family law, estates, and civil matters
- Member, International Academy for Matrimonial Lawyers
- Member, Alberta Family Mediation Society
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Calgary Bar Association
- Best Lawyers in Canada Family Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution – 2006 – 2020
- Best Lawyers in Canada Calgary Family - Lawyer of the Year – 2009 and 2016
- Best Lawyers in Canada Calgary Family - Lawyer of the Year in Alternate Dispute Resolution 2014 and 2018
- Alberta Order of Excellence – 2011
- CBA Touchstone Award – 2011
- John Haynes Memorial Award for Excellence in Mediation – 2006
- Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – 2001
- Queen’s Counsel – 1998
- Campbell McLaurin Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
- Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
- Rated AV Preeminent for highest level of professional excellence by her peers in Martindale-Hubbell
- Named in “Canadian Who’s Who”