Mr. Barkauskas was called to the bar in 1992 and practices family law exclusively. His past corporate law experience and degree in psychology are valuable tools in his practice. Mr. Barkauskas is also a qualified and very experienced mediator and arbitrator in all areas of family law, and is a strong proponent of the use of mediation and other alternative dispute mechanisms in the right circumstances to minimize uncertainty, delays and costs associated with litigation. If these strategies are inappropriate, he also has significant litigation experience to drive matters forward.
Mr. Barkauskas is a member of the Alberta Family Mediation Society, is a registered Collaborative Law Lawyer, and is one of the few lawyers in Alberta that is a qualified Parenting Coordinator and is often sought in the high-conflict parenting situations. He has extensive court experience in all levels of Court in several Provinces and experience in other jurisdictions such as the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Mr. Barkauskas is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association South Alberta Family Law Section, is the current National Chair of the CBA Family Law Section, is the Past-President of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and sits as a National Council member.
Mr. Barkauskas has often been an instructor of family law for lawyers’ continuing education programs. He has also taught negotiation skills and family law to new lawyers as part of the Bar Admission Course, and has been a sessional instructor for the Parent Coordination Instructional course. He sits on the Board of Directors of other community organizations as well and is an appointed Dispute Resolution Officer for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. In addition, he was a member of the Family Law task force for the review and creation of the Alberta Rules of Court.
Mr. Barkauskas' services are somewhat unique in that he can provide various services to clients either as a litigator, collaborative lawyer, independent mediator, parenting coordinator or as an independent arbitrator.