Marcus M. Sixta
Senior Legal Coach, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer
Marcus is the founder of Coach My Case and Crossroads Law where he practices family law and fertility law in British Columbia and Alberta. In addition, Marcus is a certified collaborative divorce lawyer, an accredited family law mediator and a certified legal coach.
Marcus has developed a reputation for successfully negotiating complex family law files. He has negotiated prenuptial agreements for business owners and professional athletes and successfully settled many complicated divorce and separation agreements.
Moreover, Marcus frequently represents clients in high conflict family law and divorce cases in court and in arbitration. He has successfully appeared numerous times in Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the Court of Appeal.
Before becoming a lawyer, Marcus was a social worker and he uses this experience when working through difficult divorces and separations. He is committed to alternative dispute resolution as he believes that the court system should be avoided in most family law cases. He is a proponent of mediation and collaborative family law and is a frequent writer on these subjects.
Marcus has a passion for access to justice and has been focused on how to address the rising number of self-represented litigants in the Canadian justice system. He sits on a Canadian Bar Association committee dedicated to unbundled legal services, and he has been an advocate for alternative legal services including legal coaching, being interviewed for TV, radio and writing opinion pieces for The Lawyers Daily as well as the CBC. Marcus founded Coach My Case to help address the access to justice crisis in Canada. He believes that everyone who finds themselves in the court system should have access to professional legal assistance. Traditional legal services are failing to address the needs of most Canadians and Coach My Case provides an alternative approach: a flexible legal service that can fit any budget. For his business innovation in law, Marcus has been featured in articles in Canadian Lawyer Magazine and the Globe and Mail.
Giving back to the community has always been important for Marcus. He has volunteered his time to assist at risk children and youth, victims of domestic violence, and people struggling with addictions. Marcus has been a member of various non-profit boards and committees. Marcus has been a supervising lawyer for Pro Bono Students Canada at the University of British Columbia, and he has received awards for his pro bono work.
Marcus has been a guest speaker for various organizations including investment advisors, mortgage brokers, real estate professionals, women’s shelters, and the Calgary Board of Education. He has also presented at the University of Calgary on small firm practice, family law litigation and he has been a moot court judge. He is a contributor to the Law Society of Alberta’s Family Law Practice Manual.
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Law Society of Alberta
- Canadian Bar Association
- Calgary Bar Association
- Vancouver Bar Association
- Collaborative Divorce Vancouver Society
- Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Alberta Family Mediation Society
- Canadian Bar Association B.C. unbundled section executive