Chair

Lorne MacLean Q.C., Founder, MacLean Law, Vancouver, BC. Mr. MacLean is the founder of the top-rated MacLean Law and is one of Canada’s most experienced and highly rated family lawyers. He has successfully protected clients’ rights since 1983 in the field of high- net-worth and complex family law disputes, including such aspects as spousal and child support, property division, child custody, guardianship and access, and marriage-like relationships. He has earned a reputation as a tough yet thoughtful advocate for his clients. He is a member of the Judicial Counsel of British Columbia. Mr. MacLean has published numerous articles on topics relating to BC family law and divorce, and runs a highly informative blog. Mr. MacLean wrote and hosted the popular “Family Minute” series on the acclaimed “Family Matters” TV show with Judge Harvey Brownstone. Mr. MacLean has also been a guest lecturer at the UBC Law School and has made numerous appearances in all forms of media providing the public with information on many family topics. Mr. MacLean was honoured to have played a leading role as counsel in several significant decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada including Young v. Young (child custody) and Leskun v. Leskun (spousal support), and the recent decision in Lightle v. Kotar at the BC Court of Appeal on a broker’s book of business as family property. Mr. MacLean prides himself on giving his clients and opposing parties “a bite of reality sandwich” early on in a family case. Mr. MacLean lives life to the fullest, loves jazz music, strategy games, boot camp fitness and traveling with his family.

Faculty

Michelle Chang, Associate, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Chang’s practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning. She obtained her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and her LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Thorsteinssons, she practiced tax and corporate/commercial law at a national law firm.

   

Colin Galinski, Lawyer, Galinski Pension and Benefits Law, New Westminster, BC. Mr. Galinski provides pension and benefits legal services to plan sponsors, administrators, labour & employment counsel, bargaining agents, and individuals. In addition, he practises extensively in the area of pension division on marriage breakdown, where he is retained by family lawyers, mediators, and plan sponsors to draft and implement pension division arrangements. Prior to establishing Galinski Pension and Benefits Law, Mr. Galinksi practised pension, benefits, and executive compensation law in the Vancouver office of a large international law firm. He is active in the legal community, in particular serving as Chair of the CBA Pension and Benefits Branch (BC) and mentoring law students from the University of British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University. He is a frequent writer and presenter on pension and benefits issues.

   

Lisa Hamilton, Partner, Hamilton Fabbro, Vancouver BC. Ms. Hamilton is experienced counsel in all areas of family law. Ms. Hamilton handles family litigation, mediation, arbitration, negotiation and parenting coordination files. She enjoys advising and strategizing to find the best ways to resolve family law problems.  She obtained her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Victoria in 1994 and was called to the Bar in 1995. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., the B.C. Arbitration and Mediation Institute, the Family Law Advocates Group, the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society and the Family Law Arbitration Group. She regularly presents on family law topics. Ms. Hamilton has raised three sons and enjoys music and travelling.

 

Georgialee A. Lang, Attorney & Arbitrator, Kelowna & Vancouver, BC. Ms. Lang has practised family law for 26 years, focusing primarily on trial and appellate litigation, including three leading cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.  In 2011, she added arbitration to her arsenal of expertise, acquiring FCIArb credentials from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, where she now sits on the North American Board of Governors. Ms. Lang is a prolific writer, speaker, and media commentator, whose publications range from the Huffington Post to the National Post, The Advocate and The Lawyers Weekly. She has been named in Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert since the inception of each, and in 2013 was one of 60 women lawyers in Canada to be awarded Lexpert’s Zenith Award for leadership in the profession. She is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group that numbers 620 worldwide, with 40 members in Canada. For fun, she rides a big motorcycle and sings opera.

 

Beatrice C. McCutcheon, Lawyer, Cook Roberts LLP, Victoria, BC.  Beatrice has been practising family law since her call to the bar in 2003.  She assists clients with negotiating agreements prior to cohabitation or marriage and helps clients to resolve issues arising on separation.  Beatrice also advises both clients and other counsel on the division of pensions on marriage breakdown.  She has a particular interest in the proper construction of both pre-relationship and separation agreements.  Beatrice is a frequent presenter and author in these areas and a contributor to Family Law Agreements Annotated Precedents.  She is also a member of Victoria's Collaborative Family Separation Professionals and an elected member of Provincial Council for the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch.