Kelsey Buchmayer Associate

Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Year of Call: 2022 - Ontario

Primary office:  Ottawa

Kelsey Buchmayer

Kelsey Buchmayer is an associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office with a practice focused on estate planning and administration, trusts, and Indigenous law.

In Kelsey's estate planning practice, she offers tailored advice based on clients' individual circumstances, including their finances, business interests, family dynamics, and interest in probate planning strategies. Her trust practice includes drafting new trusts and advising on existing trusts or trust issues; Kelsey specializes in trusts with Indigenous settlors and beneficiaries. Kelsey's broad Indigenous law practice includes assisting Indigenous clients with business-related matters, litigation and class actions, and the drafting and negotiating of specific claims through the Government of Canada Specific Claims Policy.

Kelsey obtained her JD from the University of Windsor. During her studies, Kelsey completed a clerkship at the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife and mooted in the Global Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Before beginning her legal career, Kelsey worked for the Government of Canada as a policy analyst with Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada where she drafted and implemented legislation, managed departmental budget submissions, and worked with the Specific Claims Branch negotiation teams.

Kelsey has an MA from the University of Ottawa and a BA from the University of King's College. She also competed as a varsity athlete playing rugby and ultimate Frisbee. Kelsey enjoys hiking, travelling and paddle boarding in her spare time.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2022

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2021

    • Education
      University of Windsor, JD
  • 2017

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, MA (thesis, co-op), International Development and Globalization
  • 2016

    • Community
      Amnesty International National Youth Action and Advisory Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2013

    • Education
      University of King's College, BA (Combined Honours), International Development Studies and Spanish


  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • ​The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association

Book Chapter

Kelsey Buchmayer, "Rule 45: Interim Preservation of Property" in Noel Semple, ed, Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario, (CanLII, September 2021).


Kelsey Buchmayer, "Program Highlights: Critical Issues in the Enforcement of Indigenous Laws", Ontario Bar Association (5 November 2020).

Kelsey Buchmayer, "Program Highlights on Bill C-92 and its Practical Impacts", Ontario Bar Association (6 January 2020).

Client work

Client work
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