Hilary Tanasichuk, co-founder and owner of The Law House in Sherwood Park operates a general solicitor’s practice with emphasis on Wills & Estates, Small Business Law, and Real Estate Transactions. Hilary started her career as a registered nurse, caring for cancer patients for almost 10 years before obtaining her LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1989. Additionally, she has taken the Certificate Program in Conflict Management and is a mediator for estate disputes.
Hilary has been a loyal LESA volunteer instructor since 1993 and has taught the Bar Admission Course and CPLED in a variety of course areas including real estate transactions, trust accounting, wills, and interviewing and client counseling. Never one to shy away from different practice opportunities, in the past she has acted as a prosecutor for other self-governing professions in professional conduct & discipline hearings, served as a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta, conducted investigations under the Protection for Persons in Care Act; all while maintaining a busy solicitors practice. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Branch subsections. She believes lawyers are uniquely qualified to give back to the community in a variety of ways and freely gives back to LESA. “The students always invigorate me and keep me on my toes”, she says “I love it when I witness a student grasping a new or difficult concept for the first time.”
Her advice to newly called lawyers is to gain experience in as many practice areas as possible in the first few years of practice. She encourages young lawyers to consider practice in a smaller center too – the files are interesting, the work is challenging and the lifestyle rewarding.
For all that you do for the legal profession, we thank you Hilary!