Established in 2016, MacKenzie Law was built on over 30 years of litigation experience.

Specializing in negotiation and mediation, we handle personal injury claims and insurance defence litigation. We pride ourselves on resolving complex disputes with skill and integrity.


Mary Ann E. MacKenzie, LL.B.


Mary Ann grew up in Victoria and attended university in Victoria, Vancouver and Ottawa. Called to the bar in 1993, she began her litigation career at a large firm in Vancouver, BC. After moving back to Victoria in 1995, she continued practicing law with a large firm before co-founding MacKenzie Smith Lawyers – a firm established with former opposing counsel, Malcolm J. C. Smith. After eight successful years in partnership, Mary Ann established MacKenzie Law, bringing her experience, common sense and integrity to the new practice.

  • Education

  • LL.B., University of Ottatwa, 1991
  • Honours studies in Political Science & Philosophy
    • Carleton University, 1987-1988
    • University of Victoria, 1986 -1987
    • University of British Columbia, 1984 -1986
  • Call To Bar

  • British Columbia Bar (Law Society of British Columbia), 1993
  • Ontario Bar (Law Society of Upper Canada), 1993
  • Memberships

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • Civil Litigation Section (BC Branch)
    • Employment Law Section (BC Branch)
    • Wills and Trusts Section (BC Branch)
  • Victoria Bar Association
  • Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Susan Thuynsma


Susan has worked with Mary Ann as a paralegal for almost 27 years. Armed with a Legal Assistant Diploma from Grant MacEwan Community College, Susan began her career in 1989 as a legal assistant in Edmonton, transitioning to a paralegal before moving to Victoria in 1997.

On the West Coast, Susan met and worked with Mary Ann at what is now Carfra Lawton LLP. When Mary Ann co-founded MacKenzie Smith Lawyers, Susan joined the practice. Today, she continues to be an essential and invaluable member of the dynamic team at MacKenzie Law.

Need advice?

Don’t know if you need a lawyer? Contact us for a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss your rights, responsibilities and possible courses of action. We work for you on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us out of the money you get in compensation – and nothing has to be paid until your claim or dispute is resolved.