Jonathan F. Griffith
Barrister & Solicitor, Mediator and Arbitrator
Jonathan is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator with Daunais McKay + Harms. He has been practicing law in Alberta since 2010. He has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Calgary, a law degree from University of New Brunswick and a master’s degree in law (with a specialization in family law) from York University.
Jonathan is committed to customizing the best possible approach to meeting his clients’ needs. Trained in interest-based practices with a collaborative spirit, he believes the negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution are powerful tools to help people resolve conflict. In situations where these approaches are not possible, Jonathan brings confidence and experience as a strong advocate at provincial court, the Court of Queen’s Bench and at the Court of Appeal.
In addition to serving his clients passionately, Jonathan regularly publishes research on select legal topics. He shares his research at legal conferences such as Legal Education Society of Alberta seminars and National Family Law Programs. Jonathan also teaches legal courses at Calgary’s post-secondary institutions including family law at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law.
Originally from Calgary, Jonathan is proud to make his home where he was born and has been involved with the community here throughout his life. Jonathan enjoys hiking, camping and skiing. He’s learning (slowly) to play the violin and is an unashamed “gamer.” Over the years, Jonathan has raised over $10,000 for Alberta Children’s Hospital in the annual gaming fundraiser: Extra Life.
• Griffith, J et. al. “Attacking Arbitration Agreements”
(Lake Louise: LESA Family Law Refresher 2019)
• Griffith, J “Bill C-78, A Chapter in Canada’s Evolving Divorce Laws” (Calgary: LESA Practice Update 2018)
• Griffith, J & Savory, L. “Crazy for Family Law – Successfully Managing a Sustainable Family Law Practice”
(Vancouver: National Family Program 2018)
• Griffith, J “LGBTQ2+ Literacy for Legal Practitioners”
(Calgary & Edmonton: LESA Beyond Blended Families 2018)
• Griffith, J “Support for Adult Children (It’s Not Over Until It’s Over)” (Calgary & Edmonton: LESA Child and Spousal Support 2017)
• Martens, A. & Griffith, J “Crusading for the Holy Grail – Obtaining Timely Disclosure from your Clients and the Opposing Party” (Calgary & Edmonton: LESA Financial Disclosure in Family Law Matters 2016)
• Griffith, J & Smith, C “Queering Family Law After Same Sex Marriage” (Whistler: National Family Law Conference 2014)
• Griffith, J & Wilkins, J “Making Sure the Money Talks, Not Walks” (Lake Louise: LESA Family Law Refresher 2013)
• CTV News: Calgary “Polyamoury is Challenging the Definition of Family” (February 16, 2019:)
• CTV News: Calgary “Polygamy and Canada” (February 17, 2019)
• Global News: Calgary “ More Teens are Sexting and Sharing Sexts Without Consent” (February 26, 2018)
• News Talk 770 AM “Looking Forward in Family Law” (July 2014)
Kohan v. Kohan 2016 ABCA 125
S.M.K. v. O.A.J, 2012 ABCA 49
ANM v. DRH 2019, ABPC 209
• Law Society of Alberta
• Canadian Bar Association
• Alberta Family Mediator’s Society
• Calgary Bar Association