Judith M. Bessel joined Mainwood Legal Services as an Associate after completing a series of composite articles that began with McDermott Law.
Prior to her law career, Judith enjoyed a long career as a professional violinist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, CPO.
Judith was born and raised in NJ and received her B.Mus. in Philadelphia from what is now, Temple University. Ultimately, she won the audition for the CPO and moved to Calgary.
Eventually, the legal needs of her friends, family and colleagues encouraged her to formally study law. She secured successful judgments in animal and bicycle bylaws, Highway Traffic Act, and in property law. Balancing the CPO schedule and teaching violin, she studied law with the International Program of the University of London, UK, receiving a LLB, with honours in 2010. For Canadian qualification, she completed many NCA courses while enrolled in the graduate law program at the University of Calgary, receiving a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, “NREEL.” During this time she became involved in various legal projects such as Student Legal Assistance (SLA) and the Pro Bono Students Canada – Family Law Project. In SLA, she was a caseworker and at one point, she helped successfully defend an Aboriginal client from time in jail, based on the defence of necessity.
She developed many varied interests including mountain biking, backpacking, cross country skiing, rollerblading and alternative energy. Another developed interest was the martial arts including Ninjutsu and Tae Kwon Do where she achieved her 3rd degree black belt. She is a member of professional associations, in particular:
- Law Society of Alberta, member
- Canadian Bar Association, member
Judith’s primary practice interests include civil litigation, family, medical, criminal, aboriginal and alternative energy law. With the patience of a violin teacher, let Judith assist you throughout your legal issue should you choose to represent yourself or, let her represent you throughout your legal process.