Leah is an associate in the Fredericton office of Cox & Palmer. Her legal practice is focused primarily on family law. She has experience representing clients in custody disputes, marital property, divorce proceedings and common law separations. She has also worked with families pursuing adoptions.
Leah has a large focus and interest in mediating family law disputes. After beginning her career primarily in the traditional adversary court system, she has shifted her focus to offer mediation services to parties as an alternate way forward. While some disputes require a more traditional court focused approach, many families benefit and are more successful through mediation. Leah has received professional training in mediation through Family Mediation Canada and she strongly believes that there are a variety of ways to navigate the difficulty of a family breakdown.
In addition to her family law practice, Leah is a member of the firm’s litigation team practising both insurance and commercial litigation. She has developed a well-rounded practice to service her clients as they proceed through all aspects of complex litigation.
Leah is originally from Saint John, New Brunswick Upon graduating from Carleton with a degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management, Leah went on to work for the Federal Government before deciding to pursue a legal career.
In her spare time, Leah loves to stay active, frequently taking advantage of the trails that Fredericton has to offer and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Leah is a compassionate, empathetic and results driven lawyer, who is always looking for the best way to represent her clients, whether that is the courtroom or providing comprehensive mediation services.
Leah completed a judicial internship at the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in her final year of her law degree.
- New Brunswick (2016)
- University of New Brunswick
- B.PAPM (Public Affairs & Policy Management) from Carleton University; J.D. Law
- Family Mediation Canada Training
Professional Activities & Affiliations
- Member of Family Mediation Canada
Community & Volunteer Activities
- Former President – Fredericton Legal Advice Clinic (2017 – 2018)
Law Society Memberships
- Law Society of New Brunswick
- Aviva Insurance Company of Canada v MacDonald, 2022 NBCA 68
- Case Law Update: Recent Key Decisions in the Atlantic Provinces
- Mind your business: Business Assets, Professional Corporations & Divorce
- Family Law Mediation: why cut what you can untie?
- Defence of Slip, Trip and Fall Liability Claims 101
- The Potential High Cost of a Small Claims Action
- New Summary Judgment Motion Rule Introduced in New Brunswick: More Than Just a Tool to Dismiss Meritless Claims
- Union Decertification: Employers, Step Aside
- Medicinal Monday to Fridays: When Employees Are Under the Influence of Medicinal Marijuana
- Sexual Harassment and the Perils of Failing to Manage Workplace Decorum
- Caution for Employers Dealing with Employees Exhibiting Suspected Mental Health Issues
- Gradual Onset Mental Stress is Not Compensable for Federal or Provincial Employees in New Brunswick
- An Employee With a 14 Year Absence Reinstated With Full Back Pay Plus Interest