Family Lawyer & Mediator
BUSINESS NAME: Hillcrest Law & Mediation
ADDRESS: 4203 Quebec Street Vancouver, BC V5V 3L1
I am a family lawyer and mediator. I was called to the BC bar in 1990 and my practice specializes in divorce & family law. I have appeared in the BC Supreme Court Family and Civil divisions and in the BC Provincial Court, Family, Small Claims and Criminal divisions.
I was accredited as a Family Law Mediator by the Law Society of BC in 1996. I am a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver and I was the co-chair of the Association in 2001-2 with divorce coach Deborah Brakeley. I trained other lawyers, divorce coaches and financial experts in the collaborative team approach. While continuing to practice law and mediation part-time, I instructed the Law Society of BC's Professional Legal Training Course (the BC Bar admission course for articling students) from 2004 to 2014 and I introduced the collaborative law model to new lawyers.
In 2015, I established Hillcrest Law & Mediation and I was certified by the Law Society of BC as a Family Law Mediator under the (2013) Family Law Act. I am a Mediator of the Family Roster of Mediate BC. I am a passionate advocate for dispute resolution in a dignified, respectful, cost-effective and practical manner. My extensive family law and conflict resolution experience allow me to be flexible and creative. I am practical and use a common-sense approach to help clients reach solutions that are workable for them and their families.
I also provide legal consultation and locum services, family law mediation, BC bar exam tutoring and I create and moderate presentations and workshops for legal organizations such as the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Foundation of BC and the Legal Services Society of BC.