Our Team

ABOUT US

From the initial consultation, through the appellate process, Adept Family Lawyers are committed to achieving the best possible result for each client. Each case calls for an individualized strategy and we can creatively map that strategy out.

Let’s skillfully give you the edge with expert advice every step of the way. Wise is the person who fortifies himself/herself with the right counsel.

Principal Lawyer

Banke

Banke Adediran
LL.B., Master of Laws (LL.M).

Since graduating from Dalhousie University in 2007, Banke’s practice has focused exclusively on Family Law, with emphasis on Matrimonial Property, Domestic Violence, Support and Custody cases. Her international background working with families underscores her understanding of the practice of Family Law.

Banke has consistently advocated for her clients, guiding both men and women through difficult divorces and complex family issues. Her swift approach to litigation coupled with her dedication to her clients has enabled her to best achieve her clients’ goals and safeguard their interests.

Banke counsels expertly, fights tooth and nail when needed, negotiates when appropriate and ensures that you are comfortable every step of the way.

Banke is also a proud soccer mom.

Education

  • Call to Bar, Alberta, 2010
  • Dalhousie University, Master of Laws (LL.M), 2007.

Awards/Memberships/Recognition

  • Killam Fellowships: Dalhousie University. Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Award for Recognition: Legal Aid Alberta Access to Justice Award.
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Member, ADR Institute of Alberta
  • Member, Association of Women Lawyers (AWL)
  • Member, Canadian Free Wills Network
  • Volunteer and Advising Lawyer, Student Legal Assistance (SLA)
  • Volunteer, Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG)
  • Volunteer, Women’s Centre of Calgary
  • Volunteer, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)

Contact

403.879.1750. Ext 1
banke@adeptfamilylawyers.com


Associate Lawyer

Soni Dhaliwal
B.A., J.D.

Soni joined Adept Family Lawyers in 2017 and has since been dedicated to the practice of family law. Her strongest skill set is in the issues of custody, support, spousal support and matrimonial property. Soni is a skilled negotiator and litigator, and has favourably litigated cases involving parenting arrangements, child and spousal support and the division of property. Soni is a firm believer in providing clients with consistent service and custom solutions.

Prior to joining Adept Family Lawyers, Soni completed her legal education at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with Distinction. While at law school, she completed a semester long placement with Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City, a legal clinic focused on assisting disadvantaged clients and improving access to justice. As such, she has experience in representing clients on matters including family law, immigration, and small claims. This opportunity helped her gain advocacy skills and adopt a client-centered approach.

Soni is fluent in Punjabi. In her spare time, Soni enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with family. Originally from the Okanagan Valley, she now calls Calgary home.

Education

  • Call to Bar, Alberta, 2018
  • University of Saskatchewan, J.D. (Distinction), 2017
  • University of Saskatchewan, B.A. (Great Distinction), 2012

Memberships/Recognition

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta

Contact
403.879.1750. Ext 5
soni@adeptfamilylawyers.com


Associate Lawyer

Jalal Alawes 
J.D., BSc.

Jalal is an Associate Lawyer with Adept Family Lawyers. He is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan, having obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2014 and his Juris Doctorate in 2017. During Law School, Jalal volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and Legal Community Supported Fisheries in Vancouver, conducting research on issues pertaining to Urban Agriculture as well as Corporate Law for Fisheries.

Before joining Adept Family Lawyers, Jalal had experience in both Southern Alberta and in Edmonton, practicing mostly in the area of Family Law. His primary interest is in child custody proceedings, believing the best interests of children to be of paramount concern in Family Law matters.

As an idealist, Jalal strives to ensure that the best possible solution is met for his clients, both in and out of the courtroom. Using empathy and tenacity, Jalal believes in fighting fiercely for his clients when in need, particularly when faced with a potentially unfair verdict. Always contemplating issues in his cases, Jalal strives to ensure his arguments are well-thought, using both precedent and novel material to ensure success.

In his free time, Jalal can be found at the library, reading on the latest Family Law issues, or volunteering at the local Legal Clinic, providing legal services to families who do not qualify for Legal Aid, but cannot afford a private retainer.

Education

  • University of Saskatchewan, J.D. 2017
  • University of Saskatchewan, B.Sc., 2014

Memberships/Recognition

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta

Contact
403.879.1750. Ext 3
jalal@adeptfamilylawyers.com


 

 


Legal Assistant

Suzy Graham

Suzy is an administrator at Adept Family Lawyers. She graduated with a certificate in Addictions Counseling and has worked with families dealing with domestic violence, as well as helping guide families and individuals to access resources when in distress.

Suzy assists with Family law Matters, Immigration and Wills & Estate.

She has a strong passion for helping others, and working in family law gives her a more dynamic approach to helping families in need.

In her spare time, Suzy enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her 2 dogs.

Contact
403.879.1750. Ext 0
 adeptadmin@adeptfamilylawyers.com


Real Estate Paralegal

Fang Zhou

Fang joined Adept Family Lawyers as a Paralegal in February of 2015 and as since been an integral member of our team.

Fang specializes in residential & commercial real estate transactions. Her dedication to her job and our clients is second to none. Fang provides a high level of service and attention to details in all of her Real Estate deals. She remains professional while projecting the ability to empathize with clients’ needs on a daily basis. Her easy-going demeanour brings a sense of calm to all situations.

During her free time, Fang enjoys hiking, reading, travelling and spending time with her family.

Contact
403.879.1750. Ext 0
adeptadmin@adeptfamilylawyers.com