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the time, a graduate student at the University of Washington. Once her
father graduated and became a university professor, Lisa and her family
picked up stakes and made their home in various university postings. With
her parents and siblings Lisa lived in Ontario, Alberta and California before
moving to British Columbia. Growing up, university campuses were Lisa’s
playground. She now resides on the North Shore with Ian, her devoted husband
of 27 years, and their two cherished teens, Liam and Rita.
Lisa is a middle child: she has two older twin brothers, Charles and
James, and a younger brother, Travis. On the topic of family size, apparently
Liz’s motherly advice to Lisa was never to have too many children, advice
which has understandably caused Lisa to wonder exactly where Liz wishes
she had drawn the line in her own family. Being sandwiched between
brothers has no doubt contributed greatly to Lisa’s patience, tolerance and
sense of humour, to say nothing of her resilience. At various times all six
would pile into the family VW van (long before anyone thought they were
cool) headed for the newest job posting or family vacation. There were no
fancy hotels for this crew. They were inveterate campers and apparently
enjoyed many hilarious adventures en route.
Having graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in political
science, Lisa started out her working life as a secretary at Davis & Co. (now
DLA Piper). Looking around her workplace, Lisa mused that being a lawyer
might be an interesting career move. Not only was she accepted to UBC
Law, but she also won a few awards along the way. Lisa was called to the
B.C. bar in 1999.
Lisa’s legal interests and experiences are varied. After being called to the
bar, Lisa first articled and then practised bankruptcy and insolvency law
from May 1999 to August 2002 at the same firm where she had been a secretary.
In September 2002 she joined the Tax Law Services Section of the
Department of Justice, where she attended to a wide variety of litigation
matters related to tax recovery and general tax litigation. She left the
Department of Justice in September 2011 to pursue construction litigation
at FMC (now Dentons), finally returning to the Department of Justice in
September 2012, where she practised complex tax litigation and, more
recently, business and regulatory law. Lisa excelled as a litigator, successfully
representing the Crown in several challenging cases. She demonstrated
what has been described as a preternatural ability to digest complex
matters and explain them back in a way that was understandable to everyone.
Somewhere between the tort actions and misfeasance claims that put
her in the B.C. Supreme Court representing the Crown, Lisa looked around
and mused that being a judge might be an interesting career move.