THE ADVOCATE 901
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
Diana put herself through university by working in restaurants, waiting
tables and slinging beer. And yet she graduated from SFU at the top of her
class. (It was probably around this time that people started saying, “I don’t
know how she does it” whenever her name came up.) She won a British
Commonwealth scholarship for graduate studies in criminology and headed
off to Cambridge, England for a year. Her research examined statistical
trends in the sentencing of young offenders convicted of grave crimes. She
came home with a master’s degree in philosophy, some lifelong friendships
and a new passion: the law.
Three years at UBC Law followed, complete with competitive mooting on
the Gale Cup team, roles in the Law Revue, summer articles with the Crown
at 222 Main and with Campney & Murphy’s labour department and a senior
editor position with the Canadian Journal of Family Law.
At law school, Diana also crossed paths with Geoff Baragar (now Q.C.).
The rest, as they say, is history. Not only did Diana and Geoff eventually
marry and live happily ever after, Geoff also enticed Diana to take up skiing.
(In an odd lacuna for a North Van girl, she had never learned this as a child.)
Diana threw herself into this new challenge with typical enthusiasm. Skiing
became a big part of her life (more on this later) and she has turned herself
into an avid all-mountain skier. (How best to classify Diana’s skiing competence
has proven contentious, with Diana herself admitting only to being
“pretty good but hardly elegant”. This belies the quality of her achievement,
given that she skis with Geoff, who believes that skiing is not worth it unless
it involves some death-defying run.)
After graduating from law school in 1990, Diana started her legal career
by clerking for Chief Justice Esson and Associate Chief Justice Campbell of
the B.C. Supreme Court. (Conveniently, Geoff clerked at the same court.)
She then articled at Davis & Company (now DLA Piper (Canada) LLP) and
followed this with a rich and varied litigation practice at that venerable
firm. While her practice ultimately shifted to complex insurance law, multiparty
torts, personal injury and class actions, it also touched on employment
and family law and even her first love, criminal law. All of this
frequently got her into the courtroom and into many mediations and arbitrations,
where she shone.
Over the 22 years she spent at Davis & Company, Diana grew into a seasoned
and highly respected litigator. Blending her strong intellect with an
equal dose of practical common sense, her hallmark can-do attitude and an
enormous capacity for hard work, she became a trusted colleague and mentor.
In 2012 she joined Dolden Wallace Folick LLP, an insurance boutique,
where she continued her broad litigation practice as a partner until her