Kevin Hannah Q.C. is a senior divorce lawyer with previous criminal law and general litigation experience. He has practiced almost exclusively in the areas of separation and divorce for over 25 years.
Kevin currently divides his work between private clients who require more experienced counsel and conducting mediations and arbitrations.
Kevin recognizes that an important goal of many clients is to avoid an adversarial process that can create rather than solve problems and which can destroy families in the process. His many years in court have ultimately taught him that going to court should be the last resort. There are better ways to solve disputes.
While some lawyers offer the promise of “winning” or achieving the maximum, Kevin appreciates that when both lawyers pursue this goal, the outcome is often very costly, both financially and personally and in most cases, the outcome falls far short of what was promised.
For this reason, he has cultivated relationships with other senior family lawyers that are constructive and designed to achieve results acceptable to both parties.
Although the goal in the majority of cases is to find a resolution to which both parties can say “yes”, he appreciates that in a small number of cases a settlement is simply not possible. Where litigation is necessary, he enjoys the challenge of contested hearings and often involves other professionals and litigation specialists in supportive roles. For a number of years he had many consecutive “wins” in the Manitoba and Alberta Courts of Appeal.
Kevin has been recognized by his peers through Best Lawyers as one of the leading family lawyers in the city of Calgary every year since its inception in 2006. In 2014 Kevin was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in family law. Since 2011, he has also been recognized each year as a Best ADR (alternative dispute resolution) Lawyer for his work in divorce mediation and arbitration.
He is also one of only a few family lawyers in Alberta designated by his peers as repeatedly recommended in the Lexpert Legal Directory.
Kevin has taught law frequently to other lawyers, law students (guest lecturer at University of Calgary Law School) and legal professionals through lectures, papers and seminars, including presentations through the Legal Education Society of Alberta.
He has written numerous articles in Lawyers Weekly and has volunteered on several law-related boards. He has also volunteered with Calgary Legal Guidance, providing free legal advice to those with limited means.
Kevin has often appeared in the Courts of Appeal of both Alberta and Manitoba and enjoys the challenges of the academic side of the practice of law.