I HAVE SPENT MOST OF MY TIME AS A LAWYER IN THE COURTROOM. I AM AT MY HAPPIEST WHEN ARGUING A CLIENT'S CASE BEFORE A JUDGE. I received an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Victoria in 2002 before pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism at the University of British Columbia. I came back to the Lower Mainland and attended the UBC Faculty of Law after five years working as a reporter in B.C. and Ontario. I became a lawyer in 2009.
I volunteered for the student legal clinic during my time at UBC. I had my first trial there. I won and have been a trial lawyer ever since. I have conducted trials in the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia. I have also appeared in the B.C. Court of Appeal.
Results matter when it is about your family
I am proud to help clients negotiate and litigate to obtain favourable results when they are divorcing, seeking custody and access for their children, dividing property, and applying for child support and spousal support. I know when to settle, mediate or argue a case at trial. I believe each case requires careful decision making to get the best results. I know it takes long hours, determination and tenacity to succeed. I enjoy helping clients navigate the often emotionally charged issues in family law. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction then receiving thanks from a happy client who has obtained a favourable result.
I also have a personal connection to family law. My parents separated when I was 13 and divorced several years later. I still remember the day they separated. I have first-hand knowledge of the emotional toll family law issues can have on parents and their children. I bring this knowledge every day when assisting my clients.
A lot of people ask me why I practice in this area of law. It can be acrimonious. It can be challenging. But it is also an opportunity to help someone who is going through one of the worst times in their lives. I get a lot of satisfaction from that.
In my spare time [not that I have much], I can be found weightlifting, cycling or enjoying combat sports.