Elaine L. Lenz Q.C.

Elaine L. Lenz Q.C.

Founding Partner since 1986
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Elaine earned her law degree in 1975 from the University of Alberta.  In 1986, together with John C. Soby, Q.C. and Robert V.T. Boyden, Q.C., she became one of the founding partners of Soby Boyden Lenz LLP, being the first law firm in Calgary established for the express purpose of providing legal services exclusively in the area of family law.

In 2000, Elaine was honoured with an appointment as Queen’s Counsel and was invited in 2006 to become a member of the distinguished International Academy of Family Lawyers.  Over the past number of years, her peers have recognized her, in Martindale Hubbell, as being a distinguished family law lawyer, in both her legal abilities and general ethical standards.  Elaine has more than 40 years of experience in family law.

Elaine has a firm commitment to honest, direct communications with her clients, while assisting them to identify their issues and achieve realistic goals, and in doing so in a compassionate and cost effective manner.  She understands the importance of clients working with legal counsel in whom they trust and have confidence.  Over the years, Elaine has successfully assisted numerous clients with issues involving division of matrimonial property; child and spousal support; custody/access/parenting/mobility; cohabitation/prenuptial contracts and the enforceability of those contracts.

Our legal team at Soby Boyden Lenz LLP provides a wealth of diverse experience to help us assist with issues relating not only to separation/divorce but also with the protocols of The Hague Convention, adoption, and cohabitation/prenuptial contracts.  We are knowledgeable as to which other professionals are the top in their field, should you require referrals to legal counsel or other professions with expertise in areas such as wills/estates, tax law, corporate/commercial law, real estate law, financial planning or for psychological counselling/assessment.

At Soby Boyden Lenz LLP we value teamwork, integrity, empathy and working hard to ensure that each and every client is treated respectfully and that they are provided with competent and effective legal services, in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Elaine has assisted countless numbers of clients to reach settlement of their issues through negotiation and mediation.  When alternative dispute resolution methods prove ineffective in resolving issues, she has also substantial experience in advocating for her clients and has made numerous, successful court appearances at all levels of Alberta courts.

Martindale Hubbell DistinguishedInternational Academy of Family Lawyers

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law


  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 1975

Honours and Awards

  • Honoured with an appointment as Queen’s Counsel, 2000
  • Recognized in Martindale Hubbell by her peers as being a distinguished family law lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Member, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada, Member