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Virginia May, Q.C. Ret’d

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Virginia May, Q.C. has been recognized by the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the University of Calgary as a leading litigator in Alberta. She has been a mentor and guide for many lawyers and is held in high esteem as a role model and inspiration to others universally among her peers. Virginia’s career, so far, has consisted of three decades of trailblazing and career challenges. She was the first female partner of a major law firm in the 1980s, at Burnet, Duckworth, and Palmer, and in 1995 she founded May Jensen Shawa Solomon LLP, a very successful and industry-leading boutique litigation firm.

Virginia retired from her 30-year full-time legal practice as a Civil Litigator and now focuses on Mediation and Arbitration.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (1980) – University of Calgary, Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts, History (1965) – University of London England

Date Called to Bar

  • 1980

Areas of Practice

  • Advocacy 

Date Obtained Q.C.

  • 1991

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta (LESA)


  • Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession in Alberta, jointly awarded by LSA and CBA, 2010
  • Kenneth Moore Alumni Award for service to the Law School of Calgary, 2010
  • Elected Bencher of the Law Society, four times (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997). Sat on numerous disciplinary hearings and elected to the Executive Committee. Member of all major Law Society committees over time and 1997.
  • Was a member of the Law Reform Commission, Rules of Court project.
  • Woman of Distinction Award in the Professions by the YWCA, 1991
  • Former Chairperson of Law Day for Alberta.
  • Was listed in Lexpert, Canadian Legal Expert Directory, listing Canada’s best lawyers in a variety of areas of practice, from 1997 until retirement.

Community Involvement

  • Mentor-in-Residence to Law Students at the University of Calgary

Practice Areas

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