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David Anthony Paul, Q.C.
B.G.S. (Bachelor of General Studies), LL.B., LL.M. (Candidate), Q.C.
Lawyer
All of Canada, All of Province, East and West Kootenay, Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver, Interior North/Northern B.C., Interior South/Okanagan, Northern Vancouver Island, Southern Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast
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Office:
Paul & Company
172 Battle Street
Kamloops, BC
V2C 2L2

Office: (250) 828-9998
Fax: (250) 828-9952


Family Roster Mediation Details
I have been mediating since 1993. I have accreditation through the BC Law Society as a family law mediator, family law arbitrator, and parenting coordinator. I have been on the BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Civil) since 1999 and the BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Family) since 2003. In addition to my experience mediating family and civil matters, I also have experience mediating multi-party disputes and matters involving estate litigation. I am comfortable using technology and I have conducted on-line mediations. Locally, I have facilities available for mediations. The facilities are available at no extra charge. I received my LLM (Dispute Resolution) from Osgood Hall Law School in June 2017. My major research paper (Canine Assisted Mediation) was published in the April 2018 publication of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

$350 - $350 / hour

I do not normally charge a cancellation fee (other than disbursements) provided matters are cancelled 72 hours prior to the scheduled mediation. In the event matters are cancelled within 72 hours, I charge a cancellation fee of $500 plus taxes and disbursements which is equally split between the parties.

1993

I was born and raised in Kamloops. After graduating from the University of Victoria Law School in 1986, I returned to Kamloops where I began my legal career. Since then, I have practised in every level of court in the province and my main practice areas have included criminal law, personal injury law, and family law. I have my own firm, Paul & Company.

Mediation has been a large part of my practice since first qualifying as a mediator in 1993. Since then, I have successfully conducted in excess of 300 mediations in the areas of family law, personal injury, and wills and estates. In January 2014, I was accredited by the BC Law Society as a Family Law Mediator and Family Law Arbitrator. In January of 2015, the BC Law Society accredited me as a Parenting Coordinator. Currently, I am enrolled in the LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School. I plan to complete my studies in the program by June of 2017.

I am actively involved in the legal profession. I am a past president of the Kamloops Bar Association (1990-1991). Subsequently, I served two terms as an elected Yale County representative on the provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association. In June 2001, I was elected as vice president of the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association and between 2002 and 2003, I served as branch president. Between 2010 and 2012, I served as chair of two national conferences of the Canadian Bar Association, the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm conference, and the Legal Profession Assistance Conference. Currently, I serve as a volunteer and treasurer for BC Lawyers Assistance Program.

Over the past year, I have written two articles for publication by the BC Law Society on the topic of Law office Technology. Between 2011 and 2015, I wrote a bi-monthly column for Canadian Lawyer Magazine (on line edition) titled "David Paul's Field Notes". I have also been a guest blogger on the Courthouse Libraries BC blog titled "The Stream". Additionally, since 2009, I have been a regular presenter for the BC court house lunch and learn sessions. In 2014, I was one of five lawyers in the province to receive the BC court house library society award in recognition of my contributions and dedication to the Society's lunch and learn sessions.

For the past seven years, I have been an instructor in the police and justice studies diploma program offered at Thompson rivers University. I instructed a course titled "Introduction to Criminal Justice Services in Canada". Currently, I am a sessional instructor at the Thompson Rivers University Law School. I instruct a course titled "Fundamental Legal Skills". I have also served two terms as chair for the Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board. This year, I have been selected as a recipient for the Thompson Rivers Distinguished Alumni Award.

Outside of my profession I have also devoted significant time and energy to learning about two other subjects that I'm passionate about, viticulture and wine making. In 2012, I was accepted into the University of California, UC Davis internationally acclaimed Winemaking Certificate Program. I graduated from the program in March 2014.

Cultural Diversity Experience

My lens on diversity has been broadened through my work as legal counsel and mediator. During my earlier years in practice, a good portion of my clients were on legal aid and many of them were poor, victims of abuse, vulnerable, marginalized, or incapable of communicating in English. Many of my clients also suffered from alcohol and drug addictions. My work with these individuals provided me the opportunity to learn firsthand about their lives as it intersected with the law. This experience also provided me the opportunity to learn about my client's perspectives from other professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

With a practice including clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, two merit particular mention. My professional and volunteer work with Indigenous Canadians, has allowed me to establish durable professional and personal relationship within many First Nations communities and, they have sought me out for my skills.

My bonds with our local Japanese Canadian community are equally strong and deep. In 1988, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, Kamloops branch, awarded me a certificate of appreciation recognizing my volunteer legal work assisting their application for redress settlement from the Federal government. In 2002, the local Association of Japanese Canadians invited me to present at a workshop on the matter of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Legislation (Bill C36).

Aboriginal Family Law Issues
  • Aboriginal Family Law Issues
Conflict within Families
  • Abuse/Sexual Abuse
  • Addiction Issues (Drug & Alcohol)
  • Family Relationships
  • Managing High Conflict
  • Managing Power Imbalances
  • Mental Health Issues
Contact with a Child (Access/Custody)
  • Aboriginal Issues
  • Guardianship
  • Parenting Arrangements (Time and Education)
  • Parenting Plans
Elder Mediation
  • Common Law Relationships/Trusts
  • Family Business
  • Family Inheritance/Business Succession
  • Pensions and Benefits
  • Wills and Estates
Financial & Property
  • Child Support & Maintenance
  • Common Law Relationships/Trusts
  • Division of Assets and Liabilities
  • Family Business
  • Family Inheritance and Estates
  • Financial Aspects of Separation
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements
  • Spousal Support
Parenting
  • Adoption
  • Parent/Teen Disputes
  • Parenting Arrangements and Education
  • Parenting Plans
  • Step & Blended Family Mediation
Separation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Separation Memorandums of Understanding
  • Sexual Orientation

  • First Nations Peoples, Agencies and Communities
  • Japanese