We are a working group of independent BC lawyers who work together to develop best practices in the field of fertility law. We are each experienced in family law and the complexities of the law around the parentage of all the many children conceived and born through assisted reproduction.
barbara findlay, Q.C. is a queer feminist lawyer in Vancouver who has been doing agreements for children conceived with assisted human technology for more than twenty years.
Phone: (604) 251-4356
Lynda Cassels has been practising family and estates law in Victoria since 1999. She focuses her practice on assisting clients with the legal issues that arise during major life transitions, including separation and divorce, planning for marriage or cohabitation, deciding to have children, or dealing with the death or diminishing mental capacity of a loved one. Lynda has a particular interest in fertility law and elder law, and is qualified as a family law mediator.
Phone: (250) 888-7992
Michelle Kinney focusses her law practice on fertility law and family building. As one of the architects of the BC Family Law Act, Michelle has in-depth knowledge of BC’s family and parentage laws. Michelle is passionate about and delighted to assist clients with their legal needs to building intentional families and relationships. Michelle has over 15 years’ experience and is licenced to practice law in British Columbia and Nunavut, Canada. Michelle is also certified as a family law mediator and arbitrator and can act as neutral mediator/ arbitrator in disputes arising from fertility law agreements. Michelle also contracts with public or private bodies to carry out law and policy reform initiatives respecting family law, family violence and fertility law.
Zara Suleman practices family law exclusively with a focus on fertility law. She is also a certified family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Zara has also been actively involved in presenting, training, writing and editing materials on family law issues including “Baby Steps: Assisted Reproductive Technology and the B.C. Family Law Act”, a paper co-authored with barbara findlay, Q.C. for CLEBC (2013).
Phone: (604) 424-9059
Catherine J. Wong is a family law lawyer and a certified family law mediator based in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Catherine has a particular interest and focus on fertility law and on working with multi-parent families. Catherine approaches her work with compassion and resourcefulness and enjoys engaging with the diversity of families and folks that her practice allows her to collaborate with and to assist. In addition to presenting on fertility matters, Catherine is asked from time to time to consult on fertility law matters by family law lawyers in the context of cohabitation or separation agreements. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-wong-43b371/
Phone: (604) 259-2919