Family Lawyer

Arlene K. Blake, C.Arb, BA, JD


Raised in the Northwest Territories, her first position after college (Red Deer) was as a deputy sheriff with the itinerant court (Supreme Court) in the Northwest Territories; she initially took conflict resolution training with the Justice Institute of BC while working for the Government of the NWT.  She obtained her law degree later at the University of Calgary, was called to the Alberta bar in 2006 and the NWT in 2010. Her general practice is comprised of Wills and Estates, Adult Guardianship, and Real Estate along with arbitration and administrative law. Arlene has been a member of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society since 1994. She acted as Arbitrator for the Canadian motor vehicle arbitration Plan since 1994 and became the national arbitration specialist in 2013.  She obtained her chartered arbitrator status from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada in 2012. She has acted as presiding officer and panel member for several administrative tribunals at the municipal and provincial level.  In participating on various tribunals Arlene has written over 300 decisions on a variety of issues. Arlene provides training in arbitration with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta.

Nicole E. Guichon

Family Lawyer

Nicole (Nicki) Guichon joined the Alberta Bar in 2014 and practices family law. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and her Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University, Nicki had the privilege of articling at Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre (CLERC) in Calgary and practicing there for an additional 2 years. At CLERC (now Youthlaw at the Alex), Nicki was the Lawyer for Youth, where she provided information, advice, and representation to youth on civil law matters. Her legal practice focused on pregnant and parenting youth, independent living, and immigration matters.

Nicki joined Macphail Harding in 2016 and provides legal services in all areas of family law. Nicki’s experience in high conflict family litigation and continued representation of children and youth provides her with a child-focused approach to family conflict. Prior to becoming a lawyer Nicki had the pleasure of working with youth at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. Nicki is compassionate, empathetic, and has a desire to help people who need legal services. She is committed to providing quality legal services at an affordable cost.

When not helping families with their legal matters, Nicki enjoys: playing on the same hockey team as her husband; spending time with her horse, dog, and cat; bike-riding; and being in nature.

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Christina Matthews


Christina completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a Policing Studies Certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2012, and her Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in 2015.

Christina is an associate at Macphail Harding focusing primarily on family law, civil litigation, and wills and estates. While Christina prides herself on her strong advocacy skills in the courtroom, Christina understands that resolving disputes outside of court can sometimes be more effective. Christina emphasizes the importance of tailoring strategies unique to each dispute and client.

Christina has appeared in the Provincial Court, and the Court of Queen’s Bench for both ex parte and contested applications. Christina also has experience appearing before administrative tribunals.

Prior to law school, Christina worked as a Kickboxing Instructor and as an Outreach Worker assisting clients with developmental disabilities.

Outside of professional life, Christina plays on a local dodgeball team once a week, and enjoys walking her dog, Bentley.


  • Association of Women Lawyers;
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta

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