Geeta Bharadia is an integral part of the Walsh LLP team. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012 and was awarded the Dr. John Haynes Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to family mediation in Alberta in the same year. Geeta has a keen interest in history, travel, cooking, theatre, and yoga (she has taken her teacher training in ashtanga yoga). When she is not working, you will find Geeta at various sporting events and other activities with her family.
In over 28 years, Geeta’s work has focused on family law, including mediation and arbitration, administrative law, and human rights. In the area of family law, Geeta has carved a reputation of being both detail-orientated and practical to find constructive resolutions for clients. She uses her firm-but-calm demeanor and remarkable people skills to help make the process understandable and to find creative solutions, with a view to resolve issues as efficiently as possible.
With her extensive experience in dispute resolution, Geeta is a respected leader and mentor at Walsh LLP and in Alberta. Geeta has used her strong communication skills to inform clients and help them successfully navigate through the conflict resolution process in difficult and diverse situations. Having had significant courtroom experience for many years, she believes that dispute resolution option provides clients with greater opportunity to control the process, personalize their settlement and do so more cost effectively. As such, Geeta’s work in dispute resolution is focused on mediation and collaborative family law. She is a registered as a registered Collaborative Lawyer and is also Past-President and Registrar of the Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS).
Geeta is currently growing her arbitration practice. She has over 10 years combined of decision-making and administrative law experience, having been appointed to high level quasi-judicial positions by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, as the Full-time Commissioner (and Acting Chief in the absence of the Chief) of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, and as a Member of the Law Enforcement Review Board (public oversight of policing in Alberta – current). She has also held quasi-judicial appointments as Chairperson, Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal, and Member of the Alberta Appeals Secretariat (AISH/Income Support). Over the years, she has chaired hundreds of hearings in Alberta and across Canada, with some of her decisions being reported.
After obtaining her undergraduate degree from University of Calgary in 1986, Geeta earned her Law degree from McGill University in 1989. She was awarded the Scarlett Key Award upon graduation.
Geeta is currently part of the Walsh team editing the Alberta Limitations Act Manual with Nexis Lexis.
Geeta enjoys giving back to her community and has been involved in various community and charitable events over the years.