Monica L. Barley was raised in rural New Brunswick as the eldest of three daughters to working parents, Leon and Rita Johnson. After graduating from high school, Monica pursued a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics from the Université de Moncton before entering the Faculty of Law to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer.

After being called to the bar in 2002, Monica became an associate lawyer at Forbes Roth Basque and went on to be a federal crown prosecutor.  In 2010, Monica began her career at Actus Law Droit, where she became partner in 2012.

In her practice, she focuses on dispute resolution, which includes will and estates disputes, employment law, contract law, administrative law and criminal law. In March 2014, Monica was appointed Chair of The Financial and Consumer Services Tribunal. The Tribunal is an independent adjudicative body, which holds hearings and appeals under New Brunswick financial and consumer services legislation.

A strong believer in giving back, Monica has held several volunteer roles. She is a past board member of Alternative Residences Inc., a non-profit organization that strives to provide and assist individuals living with a mental illness in finding housing; former President of Crossroads for Women Inc., a shelter for women and children victims of family violence; and a former Vice-President of Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc.

She recently served as a board member of 3 plus Economic Development Corporation and chair of the Elder Law Section of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

A self-described golf addict, Monica and her husband Kolin live in Moncton.