Judy Boyes, Q.C.




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 Judy Boyes, Q.C.

Judy Boyes is an experienced litigator, practicing primarily in family law for close to 30 years. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2000. Before joining Davis LLP, Judy was senior counsel in a family law boutique firm in Alberta.

She has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Alberta, including the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal. As well, she offers alternative dispute resolution options for the resolution of family disputes through her training as a mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer.

With her practice focus on family law, Judy advises clients on matrimonial property issues including complex corporate matters, professional practices, business and pension valuations and family trusts as well as on significant financial issues including spousal and child support.

In addition to advising clients on family law matters, Judy has represented clients in estate litigation and in legal professional liability matters.

Judy has been chosen as a leading family law lawyer by her peers for inclusion in Lexpert, a recognized Canadian legal directory, as well as by National Post's Best Lawyers in Canada.

Judy's distinguished career was also noted in Peter C. Newman's book, Titans: How the New Canadian Establishment Seized Power. In 2002 she was awarded the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Gold Key Award for her contribution to the profession as an alumnus of the law school.

Judy has been the chair or a speaker on numerous panels for the Legal Education Society of Alberta in areas of civil litigation generally, family law and trial advocacy.

She has been on the organizing committee for the National Family Law Program, as well as a moderator and presenter at the programs over the last 20 years on matters relating to the practice of family law, alternative dispute resolution options and professional ethics.

She was an instructor in trial advocacy at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law for more than 10 years.

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  • April 28, 2013
    Davis LLP's Judy Boyes, Q.C. will serve as a sessional chair on practice developments at the Legal Education


  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Family Law), 2011-2014
  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell


  • Board Member, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, as representative for the Law Society of Alberta
  • Bencher, Law Society of Alberta, 2004 - 2006
  • Past Chair, National Family Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Chair, South Alberta Family Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch
  • Past Chair and Director, Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Past member, National Continuing Legal Education Committee, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Judy has been active in the theatre community in Calgary, both as an actor and director on the Board of Directors for Alberta Theatre Projects, as well as on the Capital Campaign Committee for Vertigo Theatre.

Called to the Bar

  • Alberta, 1980


  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Ontario), 1979
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Calgary, 1975