Kelli L. Potter, B.A. LL.B
Kelli was raised on a farm in the RM of Dauphin before moving to the Winnipeg area where she completed her education and started her legal career. Since 2011 she has made her home in the southwest Manitoba community of Virden. Kelli earned her Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Winnipeg in 2000, followed by her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 2004. In 2005 she received her Call to the Manitoba Bar.
Since 2005, family law has been Kelli’s primary area of practice. She assists clients by helping them to navigate the often stressful and complex aspects of their family law matters. Kelli believes that proper advocacy involves empowering clients with education and information so that they can make the best possible decisions for themselves and their children.
By using a business-minded approach to the division of assets and the assessment of support entitlements, Kelli helps clients work towards realistic and practical post-separation and divorce financial arrangements. Her experience as a litigator allows her to work with clients to try and minimize risk and create strategies for future success.
Kelli also has extensive education and training in alternative dispute resolution theory and practice which includes in mediation and collaborative family law. By utilizing her knowledge and skills in these areas, Kelli provides clients with options to successfully resolve their complex family law disputes using alternatives to the traditional court methods.
One of Kelli’s areas of interest is the impact that marriage breakdown has on agri-business and farm families. Having been raised on a third generation farm, she believes that farming families and their business operations have unique qualities which require a creative, individualized approach in family law matters.
Kelli has been an active member of the Manitoba legal community. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Manitoba Bar Association and a member of MBA Council. She is past co-chair of the MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution subsection, Past President of the Western Bar Association and has been a guest speaker at both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba on areas related to the practice of family law and legal ethics.
Kelli is a devoted “billet mum” to members of the Virden Oil Capitals Junior “A” hockey team and a champion at cooking pregame spaghetti dinners. She and her husband Ryan have an active family that includes four children and two dogs. They spend their winters in hockey rinks and their summers in baseball parks.
areas of practiCe
• Family • Corporate
• Wills • Real Estate