Elsa Wyllie joined Kazlaw in October 2017 as an articling student and was called to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in October 2018. In her role as associate counsel, Elsa’s practice spans complex and catastrophic injury claims to historical sexual abuse claims. She has a particular interest in constitutional law and the intersection of civil and criminal law. She experiences significant chronic pain and consequently has unique empathy and capacity to help her clients navigate the challenges they face. Prior to joining KazLaw, Elsa worked at McEwan and Company where she gained a broad range of experience in different practice areas, which has greatly assisted her when advising her clients facing multi-faceted legal challenges.
Elsa received her first law degree from the University of Otago and later earned a Masters of Law from Columbia University in New York City. During her studies, she received several prestigious awards, including the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar award for academic excellence. While at Columbia, she worked on Amal Clooney’s joint U.K. and Canadian Global Campaign for Media Freedom and its High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom in the areas of hate speech and systemic restrictions on media freedom. Before becoming a lawyer, Elsa obtained an MA (distinction) in International Security and worked for international organizations including the United Nations in Rwanda. She sat on the Board of Directors at Selkirk College for three years.