Law practice is full of opportunities for peace-making, while protecting and advancing our clients’ interests. All files can be improved by friendly and professional communication based on a solid understanding of the law and of all types of dispute resolution. One strength we offer to our clients is to understand how disputes may best be prevented, negotiated or mediated.
We love to help clients:
- who have been seriously injured, or negatively affected, by the actions of others;
- who need to enforce rights or collect debts;
- who wish to clarify their rights in estates;
As we each have different expertise and skills, we often provide a team approach to clients, ensuring that the lawyer providing each service has the best resources to advance each step of the file, and that each legal situation is seen in a wider context.
When clients inquire about areas of law we do not handle in this office, we are always pleased to provide referrals to some of our many respected colleagues.
All of the lawyers at West End Legal Centre are members of the Canadian Bar Association and participate regularly in continuing legal education courses to ensure that the legal advice you receive in our firm is current.
Please read below for more information about each of our lawyers.
M. Jenny McMordie, K.C.
Jenny has practised in the area of civil litigation since her bar call in 2000. After working in a boutique firm and a large national firm, she joined West End Legal Centre in 2009. Although Jenny has appeared successfully at all levels of court in Alberta as well as various tribunals, and is experienced with all aspects of civil procedure, her focus where possible, is on helping clients to resolve their differences through mediation and other less adversarial processes. Jenny’s practice in recent years has concentrated on serious personal injury/fatality cases, as well as estate and commercial litigation matters.
Jenny frequently attends CBA Section meetings, especially in Personal Injury, Wills and Trusts, Insurance Law, and Civil Litigation, as well as numerous other continuing legal education programs.
When she is not at her desk or at home with her family and garden, Jenny is passionate about strengthening the legal community and about access to justice for the public. Jenny volunteers extensively for the Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society and has previously volunteered for the Canadian Bar Association, for which she is a past President of the Alberta Branch, and will always find time to mentor and assist junior colleagues through programs offered by the CBA, Assist and the Law Society.
Memberships: Association of Women Lawyers, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Calgary Bar Association
Derek Hetherington, Student at Law
Derek is an Articling Student at West End Legal Centre. A former accountant with 12 years’ experience in both private and public sector roles, his financial skills provide valuable insight into clients’ economic and business issues.
Born in Alberta, his father’s job in the oil industry took Derek’s family overseas, and he grew up in Texas, Saudi Arabia, Alaska, England, Scotland, and Argentina. This experience provided him with a unique international perspective, appreciation of world cultures, and intermediate knowledge of Spanish.
Derek is a lifelong learner with a desire to help people. He returned to university at the age of 36, earning degrees in History and Law. He has volunteered with organizations including the Canadian Red Cross and the Mustard Seed. When he is not serving clients, his interests include political communication, history documentaries, vintage movies, and Motown music.
Claire McMordie is the founder of the West End Legal Centre.
She retired December 31, 2022 and maintains a close relationship with the firm and with her many past clients.
Claire is now enjoying having more time for her grandchildren and for the theatre.