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Kelley Fiske-Nielsen is a Partner practicing municipal, environmental and administrative law, including: planning and development and appeals, brownfield redevelopment and co-existing with oil and gas, development agreements, municipal contracts, statutory plans and bylaws and resolutions.

With a background as a municipal subdivision and development officer and planner, Kelley is uniquely experienced in working within municipal administration and the municipal web of administration, municipal council, technical consultants, development applicants, provincial regulators, appeal bodies and the Alberta Courts.

In addition, Kelley has been an in-house environmental and operations counsel for a major multi-national pipeline corporation and has taught business law at two of Alberta’s colleges.  Kelley rounded out her prior experience with a corporate real estate role at an international law firm.

Kelley is passionate about helping communities reach their goals while growing healthier and more sustainable. She chose Brownlee with the experience of having attended our municipal and planning seminars (which she now helps to facilitate), as she considers Brownlee the most authentic, experienced, and committed Western Canadian municipal law firm.

Highly knowledgeable, competitive and dedicated, Kelley has won a variety of law school awards, including the prestigious 2003 George Bligh O’Connor Silver Medal in Law and the 2003 John E. Brownlee Memorial Prize in Local Government Law. Her advice to law students is, “Be thankful when someone asks for your help. Show thanks by listening and working hard.”

As a committed community booster, Kelley holds many community and professional memberships and volunteer roles. She and her husband have three kids and a dog.


  • Municipal Law
  • Planning Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Aboriginal and Indigenous Law


  • Canadian Bar Association – Chair, Municipal Section South
  • Canadian Bar Association – National Municipal Section, Member-at-Large
  • Law Society of Alberta – Member
  • CBA National Municipal Section’s Alberta Branch Representative


  • University of British Columbia Varsity Athletics
  • Lakeview Community Association Member
  • Prior co-instructor, Land Use Planning Certificate Program, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
  • Earl Grey Golf Club Member