We are proud to welcome four new members to our strong team of dedicated associates.
Foster LLP was pleased to welcome a new senior associate, Joe Sumiya, to our team in November 2016.
Joe attended the University of Alberta and became a member of the Alberta Bar in 2001. He has extensive family law experience with cases involving divorce, child and spousal support, parenting and access, guardianship, and restraining orders.
Joe brings with him a wealth of practical experience and understanding in assisting family law litigants navigating through the court process. Prior to starting at Foster LLP, he volunteered his time as the family court duty counsel in Red Deer for four years.
Joe taught legal education classes to the public primarily in the areas of family law, wills, and representing yourself in court.
In addition to his experience in family law, Joe has assisted clients in the preparation of wills, in civil litigation matters, and in criminal defence work.
He served as an executive with the Central Alberta Bar Society, acting as the Speaker Chair.
Outside of the office, Joe enjoys travel, martial arts study, and outdoor activities. He has participated regularly in the Terry Fox Run and the CIBC Run for a Cure.
Zabeda was a practicing lawyer in the United Kingdom for over 11 years before relocating her practice to Canada.
During her time in the United Kingdom, Zabeda practiced in a number of different areas of law. Most recently, Zabeda worked for the Government in immigration, family law, and child protection matters. Some of her focus areas included forced marriages, adult and child trafficking, immigration processes for asylum seekers, and advising child welfare workers on their duties and responsibilities to children and families from abroad.
After obtaining her accreditation to work as a lawyer in Canada, and completing her articles with our office, Zabeda became a member of the Alberta Bar in 2016. She brings a wealth of experience to her practice at Foster LLP and continues to be a strong asset to our team.
Outside of the office, Zabeda enjoys snowboarding during the winter, reading, travelling and volunteering.
Zabeda is committed to being a strong legal advocate both at work and in the community.
Prior to arriving to Canada, she provided volunteer support to the Afghani community in the United Kingdom to assist them with immigration and asylum matters.
She has continued this work in Canada and presently volunteers at Calgary Immigration Services and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, where she is a member of the Governance Committee and Board Member.
She also provides guidance to internationally trained lawyers relocating to Alberta.
Peter Crozier (Articling Student)
After completing ten months of his articles at Legal Aid Ontario in Downtown Toronto with a focus on criminal and family law, Peter relocated to Calgary in November 2016 to complete his articles with Foster LLP.
We anticipate that Peter will be admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2017.
During his time at Legal Aid in Ontario, Peter gained valuable courtroom experience. He served as Duty Counsel and represented clients through Legal Aid’s Major Case Management Criminal Litigation Service.
Peter obtained his law degree from the University of New Brunswick, after completing his first year at the French-language l’Université de Moncton.
While attending law school, Peter took every opportunity to develop his practical legal skills. He was selected to represent the university at the Kawaskimhon negotiation moot for Aboriginal rights, and was a bilingual clerk at the Laskin administrative law moot.
Peter also served as a student coordinator and volunteer at the Fredericton Legal Advice Clinic focusing on Family and Criminal Law.
Fluent in French, prior to law school, Peter worked as a French teacher in Canada and Korea, as well as with the YMCA’s Reach for the Rainbow program to assist children living with Autism and developmental disorders.
Outside of the office, Peter enjoys playing and coaching rugby, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, and playing music.
Barbara Kott (Articling Student)
Barbara joined our team at Foster LLP and commenced her articles in the summer of Divorce 2016.
While attending law school at the University of Calgary, Barbara volunteered for over two years with Student Legal Assistance, promoting access to justice by providing legal guidance and advocacy for otherwise self-represented parties. Through this opportunity, she was able to develop her advocacy skills by representing family law clients in court.
In addition to her involvement with Student Legal Assistance, Barbara also volunteered with ProBono Law Students Canada and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.
Barbara received the David Tavender Prize in Dispute Resolution, the Student Legal Assistance Ambassador Award, and was the Borden Ladner Gervais Trial Advocacy Intern. She was also one of five students selected to participate in a Provincial Court clerkship course.
Since starting at Foster LLP, Barbara has assisted with research on a variety of complex legal matters, assumed management of client files, spoken to a variety of matters in court, and assisted on a child protection trial.
We anticipate that Barbara will be admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2017.
Outside of the office, Barbara enjoys yoga, travel, and being active.
These four new members complete our strong team of four partners, eight associates, and a number of legal professionals at Foster LLP.
With our predominant focus as a firm being family law cases, many of our lawyers also have expertise and the offer legal services as mediators, arbitrators, and in the preparation of wills, personal directives, and power of attorney documents, as well as criminal law matters. Please feel free to contact us for assistance in these areas.