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The Honourable Mary Ellen Boyd practised civil litigation from 1975 to December 1985, when
she was appointed to the County Court of Vancouver. After the merger of the courts in July
1990, she presided as a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia until May 31, 2012. She
did not “retire” but plunged immediately into her next career as a mediator where she presently
practises at Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration.
Nicole Garton is the founder and principal of Heritage Law in Vancouver where she is both a
lawyer and a mediator. She is an accredited family law mediator, parenting coordinator and
family law arbitrator. Ms. Garton practises family law and wills and estates law. She is a past
recipient of a Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 Award.
Georgialee Lang practises as a trial and appellate lawyer in Vancouver. She is a past recipient
of the Lexpert Zenith Award for Leading Women Lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association
Community Service Award for her pro bono work. Her law blog Lawdiva has won her further
acclaim and she can also carry a tune.
The Honourable Bruce Preston practised civil litigation in Prince George and Penticton from
1972 to December 1987, when he was appointed to the County Court of Cariboo. He was a judge
of the Supreme Court of British Columbia from 1990 until April 13, 2010. He dabbled with, but
rejected, retirement and was appointed Commissioner for Teacher Regulation for a five-year
term in November 2012. When that term expires, he threatens to re-retire and indulge his passion
David Roberts, Q.C., is one of the judges of the Advocate’s short story competition. When
preparing for short story reading he sometimes ploughs through a half dozen novels in the time
it took us to write this sentence and you to read it.
Marlene Russo is a Victoria-based lawyer and an accredited family law arbitrator and mediator.
She was called to the bar of B.C. in 1991.
James Wagner is a lawyer and trademark agent with a decade of experience in intellectual
property law and litigation. He is the founder of Silvergate Law based in Vancouver.
Mark Weintraub, Q.C., has practised law in Vancouver since 1983. He has built a large practice
group that handles various aspects of estate and trust dispute resolution/litigation at Clark Wilson
LLP. He is widely recognized for his remarkable contributions to continuing legal education
and charitable, community and human rights initiatives.
Chris Wilson practises trademark, copyright, patent and trade secrets litigation at the Vancouver
office of Norton Rose Fulbright. Having become a leading practitioner in those areas, he is
now branching out into poetry.
Anna Wong is a partner at Landy Marr Kats LLP based in Toronto. As a litigator, she practises
in a wide range of legal disciplines including commercial litigation, employment law, real
estate disputes and professional negligence. She is an executive member of the Women
Lawyers Forum of the Ontario Bar Association.