Mark Demas is passionate about finding equitable solutions for his clients through negotiated settlement or, if necessary, through the assistance of the court.
Mark was born in Australia, to Canadian parents looking for adventure. The family moved back to Canada shortly thereafter, ultimately settling in Southern Alberta. In 1991 Mark moved to Edmonton, where he has resided ever since. He is an avid sports enthusiast who participated in many sports as a youth. He continues to play hockey and slo-pitch. In his spare time he also enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.
Mark graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, in 2008 and was called to the Bar on July 31, 2009. Prior to practicing law Mark spent 18 years in the pipeline construction industry, which saw him work in five different provinces in Canada along with two stints in Russia. Desiring a career change and wishing to spend more time with his family, Mark left the pipeline industry to pursue a career in law.
After completing three years toward a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Alberta Mark was accepted to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. On graduation Mark articled at a large downtown law firm in Edmonton. In January, 2016 Mark made the move to TC Family Law Group as one of its founding members.
Mark practices exclusively in the area of Family Law. Mark’s practice covers all issues in this area, including divorce, custody, child support, parenting time, property distribution, spousal support and the preparation of marital and cohabitation contracts. Mark will also prepare wills, personal directives and powers of attorney for his family law clients.
Mark works hard to find solutions for his clients that are fair and equitable. He enjoys interacting with clients and recognizes the stress surrounding the breakdown of relationships and the need for effective representation. In understanding these difficulties his preference is to first explore the possibility of negotiating settlement, which is less stressful, more cost effective and can provide a more certain outcome. Mark also recognizes that in some situations negotiating is not an option. In these instances Mark is more than prepared to take a more forceful approach and proceed by way of litigation. Mark ensures that time is taken at the outset to gather information from his clients and to provide them with legal information and advice so that the most appropriate approach is taken in each particular circumstance.
Mark is trained in collaborative law and is a member of the Association of Collaborative Family Professionals (Edmonton) as well as the Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association. Through the Collaborative Process Mark is able to help clients achieve a tailor-made resolution in a respectful, efficient and cost-effective manner.
Mark currently sit on the Board of Momentum Walk In Counselling, a not-for-profit organization providing mental health counselling services for individuals who cannot pay or wait for aid through the traditional health care system.
Mark has appeared in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the Court of Appeal of both Alberta and Saskatchewan.