“Practical advice delivered with compassion and good humour; recognizing that your divorce doesn’t define you.”

- Gay Maxwell Benns

Gay Maxwell Benns

Gay recognizes that divorce and separation can be a very difficult process in the lives of the people involved and it is important that they receive guidance through that process in a way that supports their family. Gay sees her role as legal advocate and strives to empower individuals to make informed decisions.


Gay’s approach is forthright and practical. Resolutions are as unique and varied as the families that we work with. There are opportunities to find creative solutions that work for each family, either through collaboration, negotiation, mediation or litigation if all else fails.


Gay is a collaborative lawyer and mediator and she has appeared extensively in all levels of Court in Alberta. She is a Dispute Resolution Officer in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.


Gay is an instructor with the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education. She has taught both interviewing skills and interest based negotiations skills to the Bar Admission Students.


She is also an instructor for the Parenting After Separation course. This is the required parenting course for divorcing parents offered through the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Gay’s experience as an instructor in this course has informed her approach to mediating parenting issues. Gay recognizes that conflict in separation and divorce is damaging to children and as a result is keen to assist parents work through their parenting issues and resolve them quickly in mediation to alleviate ongoing conflict for their children


Gay has presented for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and volunteers with the Calgary Legal Guidance Clinic. She is a volunteer lawyer for the Children’s Legal Education and Resource Centre, providing representation to children involved in legal proceedings.


She is married and has two children.

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  • Robson Hall, LL.B., 1997
University of Winnipeg, B.A., 1992

Bar Call

  • Alberta: 2002
Manitoba: 1998