Linda Long K.C.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Linda has been an Alberta family law lawyer since 1986, a family mediator since 1992, a Registered Family Mediator since 1995, a Registered Collaborative Lawyer since 2000 and a family law Arbitrator since 2012. She has appeared before all levels of the Courts in Alberta, however her preferred area of practice is in facilitating family law out of court settlement processes.
But Linda is more than just a lawyer. She is a woman to whom people instinctively turn for help in resolving some of life’s toughest problems. Her vocation for over 37 years has been family law, but her interests reach far beyond her legal practice to the larger Canadian community. As a granddaughter of Alberta homesteaders, Linda has inherited a keen interest in building a strong Canadian multicultural society, founded on her deep respect and concern for the impact on first peoples who shared their land with newcomers.
Linda was recognized in 2006 by the legal profession and the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta with a King’s Counsel appointment honouring her for her many contributions to the Canadian community over her long career. She is committed to the principles of equal access to justice for all and is interested in enhancing equality of opportunity for people in many walks of life in Canada. As Principal to several articling students over the years, Linda has generously guided and opened the door to their legal careers.
In 2017 Linda ( with several colleagues) was honoured by the Alberta Family Mediation Society with the John Haynes Memorial Award for her significant contributions to growing the field of mediation in Alberta. She is also Past-Chair of the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Edmonton), and has Chaired and Co-Chaired several Canadian Bar Association sections over the years.
Linda proudly served in the Canadian Forces for over a decade before completing studies for her legal career. After graduation from law school she began to focus on family law, however she continued to advocate for equality of opportunity for military members. As a result, she was appointed in 1990 by Canada’s Minister of National Defence to the Minister’s Advisory Board on Women in the Canadian Forces where she served for three years advising the Minister on gender integration policy development. Those efforts helped to lay a foundation for young men and women of Canada today to serve their country equally and without discrimination. Linda’s experience still resonates with currently serving members. She was an invited keynote speaker on International Women’s Day in 2023 at Garrison Edmonton, talking about her military experiences which she outlined in her 2021 autobiography.
Linda has become deeply involved in Ukrainian settlement work, having hosted in 2022 and 2023 with her husband of 45 years three families displaced by war, welcoming two of the families into her home. In the past Linda has also spearheaded two refugee sponsorships to Canada, the first of a family of eight Cambodian refugees who had languished in a refugee camp in Thailand for eleven years after the Vietnam War, and the second of a Rwandan man who had escaped the genocide which had claimed his remaining family members.
Linda has also helped foreign workers with employment abuse problems without charge; has been a mentor and informal parent to a severely mentally ill man for over 30 years. She also provided emergency housing in her own home to an immigrant who had become homeless during severe winter conditions when no one else would help and he was residing in a warehouse. She and her husband of 45 years have proudly raised their three adopted aboriginal sons to adulthood and enjoy time with their many grandchildren.
Linda received two citations from the Canadian Red Cross Society for her exceptional contributions to the “Black Friday” Edmonton Tornado Relief Effort between 1987 and 1993.
In 2017 Linda was elected to the Board of Governors of the Law Society of Alberta as a Bencher where she served for three years. While serving she supported initiatives to increase the use of Alternate Dispute Resolution within the Law Society of Alberta regulatory framework, and proudly supported mandatory indigenous cultural training for the legal profession.
Over the years, Linda has been presented with an eagle feather from a Cree elder, Grandma Grizzly, an eagle blanket, a star blanket, an honour dance and a drum from the Red Road Healing Society in Edmonton. Linda is as comfortable in a sweat lodge as she is in other places of worship; she respects all faith traditions.
Linda also loves bringing her whippet teammates to work with her when they are not out at the dog park with Dad.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law, Mediation, Arbitration, Collaborative Family Law
- Founder, Long Family Law Group LLP 2004 to current
- Member, Canadian Armed Forces 1973 to 1984
- Alberta, 1986
University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1982 to 1985, Faculty of Arts 1980-1985
Honors and Awards
- King’s Counsel Appointment (2006)
- John Haynes Memorial Award for contributions to the field of mediation (2017)
Pro Bono Activities
- Alberta Family Mediation Society
- Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society
- Northern Alberta Senior’s Section, Canadian Bar Association (North) Co-chair
- Minister’s Advisory Board on Women in the Canadian
- Association of Collaborative Professionals (Edmonton)
- Bencher, Law Society of Alberta
- Various refugee sponsorships – hosting displaced persons