Pat has been a partner with Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP 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 and assisted negotiations.
She has been a co-instructor for the Legal Education Society of Alberta on mediation training in the area of family disputes since 1996. In 2006, she received the John Haynes Memorial Award 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 Matrimonial 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 sits as a Director on two Canadian charitable Foundations - Partners in the Horn of Africa, which funds sustainable development in Ethiopia and Future Generations Canada, which supports 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 water development, education, HIV prevention and support, reforestation and orphan fostering.
In 2011, Pat was inducted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta into the Alberta Order of Excellence. The A.O.E. is 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 woman 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 1991, Pat was appointed by the national Canadian Bar Association as a founding member of their National Task Force on Gender Equality in the Legal Profession. She was recently appointed to the National Action Committee on Access to Family Justice in Canada.
Pat is a past Director and Vice Chair of the Calgary International Children's Festival. 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.
Her out of office passions include photography and travel.