Virginia M. May

Virginia May is a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers.

Virginia’s areas of expertise include professional negligence, medical malpractice, insurance, real estate, employment, commercial, education, First Nations, hospitals/health, estates & wills, landlord/tenant, libel and slander, oil and gas, and workplace disputes.

Virginia is a Small Claims Court mediator with the Government of Alberta and a Chair of Service Alberta Appeal panels for hearings arising under the Fair Trading Act related to business licensing disputes. She was an elected Bencher with the Law Society of Alberta for eight years where she was a panel member and Chair of discipline hearing panels. Prior to starting her career as a neutral, she practiced in Calgary as a civil litigator for 27 years; 14 years at Burnet Duckworth and Palmer, and 13 years with May Jensen Shawa and Solomon where she was a founding partner. The firm is now known as JSS Barristers.

Virginia completed a B.A. Hons. in History at the University of London, England and her LL.B. at the University of Calgary Law School. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1981. In 1996 she completed mediation training with the Harvard Mediation Program and in 2014 completed arbitration training through the ADR Institute of Canada.

Virginia resides in Calgary, Alberta and in Kelowna, British Columbia for part of the year and is willing to travel.