Elisabeth A. Leith Strain was called to the bar in 1989 in Vancouver, British Columbia, after articling with Richard T. Israels Q.C.
She then moved to Nanaimo and worked for Nanaimo Crown Counsel until 1993, prosecuting a variety of crimes. She ably handled the sole conduct of precedent-setting sexual assault cases and child sexual assault cases, in addition to serving as secondary counsel on two murder cases.
During her time with the Crown Counsel office, Elisabeth also acted as Youth Court Coordinator. She was responsible for reviewing and approving files, in addition to attending remand Youth court.
It was her interest in youth that lead her to leave criminal law in 1994 and move into family law. She recognized the impact of earlier family disputes on the lives of young people who appeared in remand youth court.
She joined the firm of Johnston, Lewis and Company, where she acted as counsel for the Ministry of Children and Families; as parents' counsel in child apprehension cases; and as counsel for individuals in a wide range of family law cases.
In 1996, she left Johnston, Lewis and Company to establish her own practice, which has continued to expand. Since 2003, Elisabeth has been the senior lawyer at Strain and Company, which also includes lawyer Karla Shupe.
Elisabeth focuses on family law and ably represents individuals in custody and property disputes in court. When possible, she also advocates professional mediation as a way to achieve compromises that avoid court battles. In this regard she is a fully qualified family law mediator and has taken collaborative law training.
A parent with a strong interest in social justice, Elisabeth is an active supporter of the duty counsel and family advice clinic program offered through the Legal Services Society.
Elisabeth is also very interested in the areas of Surrogacy Law and Adoption Law. She feels passionate that there are many ways to create a family and is honoured to work with couples or individuals in their surrogacy or adoption journeys. In this area Elisabeth has worked in both domestic and international surrogacies as well as with families who are completing step parent and third party adoptions.
To speak to Elisabeth Strain about representing you in family law matter, surrogacy, adoption or as a family law mediator or notary, please contact our office at 250-753-0860.