Rani Wong has practiced law for more than 19 years. Born and raised in Alberta, Rani has travelled and lived across Canada and around the world, returning to her native Alberta in 2005 to raise her 3 children. She earned her B.A. (Honours) in Economics at Queen’s University and her joint LL.B. and M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia. Rani began her legal career as a corporate and commercial lawyer, practicing with some of Canada’s top national law firms, including Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto and Calgary. She also practiced with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in their Singapore office for five years, acting for multinational corporations and financial institutions throughout Asia.
Rani is now focused on bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge to her family law practice. She practices in all areas of family law including, divorce, separation, cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements, child custody, child support, spousal support, and grandparents’ rights. Rani has a particular interest and emphasis on complex matrimonial property disputes matters, involving high net worth families, who may have multiple corporate interests, trusts and real estate holdings. She also has a wills and estate practice to meet the needs of her clients.
Rani believes in the value of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination, in resolving family disputes. These dispute resolution processes allow spouses and partners to settle their disputes in a more amicable, collaborative and cost effective manner, while retaining their privacy and maintaining greater control over the ultimate outcome. On the other hand, Rani recognizes the value of litigation as a necessary tool in certain circumstances, such as in instances of impasses, delays, abuse or violence. As such, Rani tailors her advice to each client to give them the most suitable dispute resolution tools for their particular circumstances.
To assist clients in achieving a favourable result, Rani regularly works with business valuators, forensic investigators, psychologists, social workers, doctors and other experts on an as needed basis.
Rani has a passion for adventure. In her journeys around the 7 continents, she summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kinabalu, kayaked in the Antarctic Peninsula and Queen Charlotte Islands, camped in the wilds of Alaska and Mongolia, snorkeled with sharks in the Galapagos Islands and Sulawesi, Indonesia, and climbed the cliffs of southern Thailand and France, among many other adventures. Closer to home, Rani enjoys alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and rock climbing with her family and friends. She is also an avid nature and travel photographer and is starting to learn to play the cello.
Professional associations and memberships
Rani is the Vice-President of the Association of Women Lawyers and has been a Director on its Board since 2006. In 2012, she developed the inaugural Mentoring Program for Women Lawyers in Calgary and acted as the AWL Membership Chair for many years.
She also volunteers her time with the Canadian Bar Association as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Section of Southern Alberta and as a voting member of the Alberta Provincial Council. Rani was a member of the Legal Education and Training Working Group of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative, headed by Dr. Ian Holloway, Dean of the University of Calgary law school.
Rani has lectured on knowledge management with the Legal Education Society of Alberta and participated on the Retention of Women in Law Working Group of the Law Society of Alberta. She is also a member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.