Partner / Litigator / Certified Mediator
Jacqueline G. McQueen obtained her BA from York University and her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1995, the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and the New Zealand Bar in 2001.
Whether as a litigator or a mediator, Jacqui seeks to find creative and enduring solutions to family disputes – including those related to the parenting of children, child and spousal support, and a wide variety of financial issues.
As a mediator, Jacqui seeks to assist parties reach agreement on contentious issues, and to help parties develop a decision making process that can be applied to future disputes where relationships will be ongoing due to shared parenting commitments or financial ties. The flexibility of the mediation process allows parties to exercise significant control over the outcome, and an opportunity to reach creative solutions that might not be entertained by the Court. To document any agreement reached, Jacqui will prepare Memoranda of Understanding, Minutes of Settlement, or a Separation Agreement, depending on the nature of the matter and instructions of the individuals involved.
As family law counsel, Jacqui prepares written marriage and separation agreements, specifically tailored to the needs of her clients.
As a litigator, Jacqui has appeared before all levels of Court in both Ontario and British Columbia. In most cases, even where a litigation process has been commenced, an out-of-court settlement may still be achieved through negotiation or other dispute resolution processes. In some cases, litigation is necessary to overcome significant differences, and Jacqui works to provide careful and robust representation.
Jacqui was elected as a Bencher for the Law Society of British Columbia effective January 2019, and is currently the Chair of the Practice Standards Committee, a member of the Access to Justice Advisory Committee, and the Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee. Jacqui is also a member of the British Columbia Law Institute Pension Division Review Project.
Jacqui has been active in various subsections of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch, including holding executive positions. She has volunteered with the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, contributing to Annotated Family Practice and as a presenter, and with the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course as a moot court judge. She has practiced in a variety of litigation settings with an emphasis on family law, including pension division.
In addition to her legal practice, Jacqui is an active volunteer in her community, and formerly sat on the Board of 365Give, a registered BC not-for-profit Society that has developed an educational program that encourages kids to give back to the world every day.
To book an appointment with Jacqui, please contact Sandi Anweiler at firstname.lastname@example.org.