WEST COAST FAMILY LAW CENTRE

Who We Are

Elise Schopper-Brigel, Lawyer and Family Law Mediator

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[email protected]
250-590-4840, ext. 221

I help families transition through their most challenging times compassionately, respectfully and efficiently. My experience offers clients solutions that are best suited to the needs of their family.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • Family Law
  • Collaborative Family Practice
  • Family Law Mediation
PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
  • Law Society of BC member since 1995
  • Law Society of Upper Canada member from 1987-2006.
  • Member of the Associate Family Roster of Mediate BC
  • Member Mediation Study Group
  • Member Collaborative Practice Group
  • Charter member of the BC Collaborative Roster Society
  • Collaborative Family Separation Professionals, Past co-chair. Past chair and presently member of the Training Committee.
  • Past Co-chair of International Organizational Development Committee, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (U.S.A.)
  • Founder, Collaborative Law International European Institute
  • Canadian Bar Association, past chair of Alternative Dispute Resolution section.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
  • SOS, member of Save Our Salmon
  • I had lived in Europe for over 10 years where I traveled extensively with my family, and became familiar with various cultures and languages, including German.
  • I enjoy gardening, walking, bicycling and skiing in my spare time.
PUBLICATIONS
  • The Advocate, “No Court Option Comes to Europe”, Volume 61, Pt 6, Nov 2003;
  • CBA:ADR Possibilities, “Collaborative Law – Austrian Style” Oct 9, 2003; and
  • Collaborative Connections, “Global Collaborative Practice”, Nov 2006, Volume 2, Issue 8

Karen Henry, Lawyer and Mediator

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[email protected]
250-590-4840, ext. 222

Do you want to make informed legal decisions that are in the best interests of you and your family members? My knowledge, experience and support, will help you.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • Family Law and Adoptions
  • Estate and Incapacity Planning
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Law Society of BC - since 1996.
  • Canadian Bar Association - since 1996. Currently, member of the Family Law and Wills and Trusts sub-sections. Co-chair of the Wills and Trusts sub-section in 2009 and 2010 and Executive Member from 2006 to 2009.
  • Victoria Collaborative Family Law Group - since 2002. Co-chair in 2003 and 2004. Presently on the Executive and Website Committee.
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
  • BC Collaborative Roster Society – founding member.
  • Adoptive Families Association of BC.
  • Accredited as a Family Law Mediator by the Law Society of BC.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
  • Volunteered at an orphanage in Ethiopia for four months.
  • Also visited orphanages and children’s homes in India, Eritrea, Nepal and Russia.
  • Board Member of the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House from 2003 to 2007.