Karen Shirley-Paterson

Karen Shirley-Paterson: Attorney with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
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Karen specializes in the area of family law. Her family practice includes all matters relating to child parenting, property division, child and spousal support, and divorce, as well as the drafting of co-habitation agreements, marriage agreements, and separation agreements.

Karen has appeared as family counsel in cases before the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Karen has participated with clients in mediation in resolving numerous matrimonial disputes ranging from the simple to the complex.

Karen is a member of the Family Law Subsection of the Vancouver and Canadian Bar Associations, and a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia. She is a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Karen has presented on the topic of divorce and asset protection, and participated as a panel member for the presentation, “The Business of Divorce”, at the invitation of the Society of Trusts & Estates Lawyers (STEP) Vancouver.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory names Karen as among the leading family lawyers in British Columbia. Karen has received a “good to high” legal ability rating from Martindale-Hubbell, an authoritative and global source for identifying leading lawyers and law firms. She is also recognized in the Best Lawyers Directory. In addition, Karen participates in the mentor program through the Women Lawyers Forum.


•Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2018)
•The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
•Martindale-Hubbell Ranking (CV)
•Called to the British Columbia Bar (1990)
•Called to the New Brunswick Bar (1989)

Related News

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04 May 2018

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30 November 2017

43 Farris Lawyers Recognized in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Directory

22 August 2017

42 Farris Lawyers Recognized in the 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada Directory

11 August 2016

Farris Lawyers Recognized in the 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada Directory

24 August 2015

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Family Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
604 661 9385  Phone
604 661 9349  Fax
University Attended:
University of New Brunswick, B.Sc., 1982
Law School Attended:
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1988
Year of First Admission:
1989, New Brunswick; 1990, British Columbia

Peer Reviews

  • 2.9/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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