Sarah Dargatz graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 2008 and was called to the Alberta bar in July 2009. She articled and then practiced with Legal Aid Alberta. She joined the Family Law Office, a program of Legal Aid Alberta, in June 2010 and has been practicing family law exclusively since that time. She became the team lead of the Edmonton Emergency Protection Order Program in April 2015 and has experience working with clients who have been victims of family violence though she regularly handles files in all areas of family law. Sarah is also a mediator and a registered Collaborative Family Lawyer.
Sarah is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and the Alberta Family Mediation Society. She regularly takes advantage of training opportunities in all areas of family law.
Sarah writes for LawNow.org. She is on the Board of Directors of the Today Family Violence Help Centre and she volunteers with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, the Elizabeth Fry Society, the CBA Women Lawyers Forum, and Pro Bono Student’s Canada. Sarah sits on the Court’s Family Law Rules Advisory Committee.
In her spare time, she cares for dozens of house plants and loves eating out at the many restaurants and pubs Edmonton has to offer.
Riley Gallant is from Saskatoon, SK. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2008. She relocated to Edmonton to article with Legal Aid Alberta and became a member of the Law Society of Alberta in July 2009. She became a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan in August 2010 and maintains an inactive membership in Saskatchewan. Riley practiced family law with both Legal Aid Alberta and Legal Aid Saskatchewan’s Family Law Offices at the beginning of her career, with a focus on child welfare litigation. Riley has experience in all levels of Alberta Courts. She is a trained mediator, a registered Collaborative Family Lawyer, and she enjoys representing children in high-conflict parenting matters. Riley also participates in the Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence program administered by the Elizabeth Fry Society.
Riley is active in the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Alberta, having sat on the executive committees for the Child and Youth (North) and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice (North) sections for several years. She has been a member of the Family Law (North) section executive since 2014, acting as Chair from 2019-2021. She will be serving as one of CBA Alberta’s North Section Representatives between 2021 and 2023. Riley also enjoys mentoring law students. She has participated in the CBA’s law student mentorship program since 2013, is a former advisor to U of A’s Student Legal Services Family Law Program, is an advisor to U of A’s SLS/Pro Bono Students Canada Trans ID Clinic, and she has coached the U of A Faculty of Law’s Family Law Negotiation moot team.
In her spare time Riley enjoys volunteering, traveling, painting, and taking her dog to agility classes.
Amanda Baretta attended the University of Alberta Law School from 2008 to 2011. From 2010 to 2011 she participated in the Low Income People and the Law Clinic and was placed with the Family Law Office, a program of Legal Aid Alberta. Amanda graduated in 2011, articled with Legal Aid Alberta and Cochard Johnson, and was called to the bar in 2012. Practicing exclusively in the areas of family law and child protection law, Amanda is a litigation lawyer, mediator, and registered Collaborative Family Lawyer and is trained and experienced in representing children and youth in high conflict matters.
Amanda is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and is a member on both the Family Law North Section and Child and Youth North Section executive committees. She also sits on the Court of Queen’s Bench Family Law Consulting Committee. Amanda volunteers with the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society and the Just-Us Girls Justice Committee.
Danielle Collins graduated from the University of Alberta’s faculty of law in 2011, and became a member of the Law Society of Alberta in 2012. She has practiced exclusively in family law. Her practice areas include, parenting, mobility, support (child & spousal), division of family property, representing children and youth, child protection, international child abduction as well as drafting family law contracts.
Danielle has litigation experience in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and at the Court of Appeal of Alberta. Danielle is also a trained mediator as well as a registered Collaborative Family Lawyer.
She is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association, northern family law section since 2013 and the chair for 2017-2018 as well as an executive member of the northern child & youth law section since its inception in 2018. She is also an advising lawyer for Pro Bono Students Canada and an executive member of the Just-Us Girls Youth Justice Committee. Danielle is a board member for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and a member-at-large for the Legal Aid Alberta Appeals Committee.
Catherine graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 2014. She articled at a full service law firm as well as the law firm formerly known as Rand Kiss Turner and passed the Alberta Bar in 2015.
The beginning of Catherine’s career was focused on gaining a wide breadth of experience in various practice areas, including family law, civil litigation, and wills and estates. She began practicing in the area of wills and estate planning in 2015. After a brief hiatus to focus on a civil litigation practice, she was drawn back to the practice in 2019. Since then, she has worked towards building a practice focused on wills and estate planning and litigation. Catherine now exclusively practices wills and estate planning and litigation, drawing on her legal experience to inform her estate planning and litigation strategy for clients with various needs.
When not working, Catherine volunteers. In the past, she has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Bar Association, the Edmonton Community Legal Clinic, and is currently volunteering with project development with her community league. Catherine also enjoys spending time with her young family and exercising her amateur interior design skills.