A Little About Each Kamloops Lawyer At Paul & Company

David A. Paul, Q.C., LL.B., Mediator

David A. Paul, Q.C., LL.B., Mediator, lawyer in Kamloops
Areas of Practice

David practices in the areas of family law, personal injury, criminal law and mediation (family and civil).

Profile
David A. Paul, Q.C., was born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. Mr. Paul graduated from the University of Victoria Law School in 1986 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1987. Since then, he has been in private practice in Kamloops.

Over the past 21 years, Mr. Paul has also had extensive experience with mediation. He has successfully conducted in excess of 300 family law and 50 personal injury mediations. He has appeared in every level of court in the Province.

Professional Qualifications
  • BC Family Law Dispute Resolution Professional
  • Family Law Mediator (accredited by the BC Law Society)
  • Family Law Arbitrator (accredited under the Family Law Act, January 2014)
  • BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Civil), December 1999-present
  • BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Family), 2003-present
  • Mr. Paul has completed much of his Parenting Coordinator training pursuant to the Family Law Act and expects to have his accreditation completed in 2014
  • Mr. Paul was appointed Queen’s Council in 2003

Awards and Recognitions
In recognition for our commitment to excellence, in 2013 David A. Paul, Q.C. was awarded the Kamloops Daily News People's Choice Award for the Best Kamloops Lawyer and Lorianna Bennett was voted the number two People’s Choice Award for the Best Kamloops Lawyer. This was the first time in the history of the newspaper’s recognition program that the award for “the best” and “second best” was awarded to two individuals from the same business.

Publications and Presentations
Since 2010, Mr. Paul has been a bi-monthly columnist for the Canadian Lawyer Magazine in his column David Paul’s Field Notes. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the Courthouse Libraries Lunch and Learn sessions and blog, The Stream. In 2013, he received a distinguished award from the British Columbia Courthouse Libraries for his service.

Professional Activities and Volunteer Work
Between 1993 and 1994, Mr. Paul served as President of the Kamloops Bar Association. Since then, he has served as chair on a number of committees of the Canadian Bar Association. Between 2002 and 2003, he served as President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Paul also served as Chair of two National Conferences of the Canadian Bar Association, including the Legal Profession Assistance Conference and the General Practitioners Solo and Small Firm Conference. In 2012, Mr. Paul received an award from the CBA in recognition of his exceptional contributions to LPAC.

Currently, Mr. Paul sits as a Board Member of the BC Lawyers Assistance Program.

Since 2003, he has also been a board member and presenter for the Pacific Technology Legal Conference.

Mr. Paul has also instructed numerous Continuing Legal Education classes around the country on small firm management, technology, and other niche topics.

Ms. Lorianna Bennett, B.Sc., LL.B., Mediator

Lorianna Bennett, B.Sc., LL.B., Mediator
Areas of Practice
Lorianna practices in the areas of family law and personal injury.

Profile
Lorianna is a co-owner of the Kamloops law firm, Paul & Company. Lorianna was called to the British Columbia bar in 1998 and practices primarily in the areas of family law and personal injury. Lorianna is very active in her profession. She has served on all levels of the Kamloops Bar Association, spent six years as an elected member of the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC), chaired the CBABC Member Services Committee, and served on the CBABC Work/Life Balance Committee. In September 2013, Lorianna was re-elected to the CBABC as the Kamloops-Yale County Representative.

Outside of her law practice, Lorianna spent a number of years chairing appeals for the BC Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal and is one of the original members and current panel chairs of the BC Health Professions Review Board.

Outside of her profession, Lorianna is an active mother of three children, and an engaged community volunteer. In her spare time, she has taught commercial law at Thompson Rivers University and fundraises for the Royal Inland Hospital and Thompson Rivers University foundations. Lorianna is also a trained anaphylaxis educator and is a contributing editor to Anaphylaxis Canada’s newly released publication, Living Confidently with Food Allergies.

Professional Qualifications
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1998

Awards and Recognitions
Lorianna is a past recipient of the CBABC Community Serve Award. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Thompson Rivers University Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service. In November, 2013, Lorianna was presented with the Kamloops Readers Choice award for “One of the Best Lawyers”.

Publications and Presentations
Ms. Bennett is an advocate of anaphylaxis education. She has recently been recognized for her efforts in editing a newly published educational handbook for Anaphylaxis Canada.

David C. Dundee, B.A. (Hons), LL.B, Mediator

David C. Dundee, B.A. (Hons), LL.B, Mediator
Areas of Practice
David C. Dundee practices in the areas of family law, and personal injury.

Profile
David was born in Regina, SK, and raised in Saskatchewan, England, Ontario and British Columbia. He does, however, have roots in the Kamloops community. His maternal great-grandparents lived here at the turn of the last century, and his maternal grandmother and one uncle both lived and died here. He moved here in the summer of 1994.

David C. Dundee was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1982 and has been with Paul & Company since 2001.

David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours English in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1981, both from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the bar in 1982. David has practiced family law for most of his career, and has focused primarily on family law since he came to Kamloops. He became a family law mediator in 1988.

Professional Qualifications
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1982
  • Family Law Mediator since 1988

Awards and Recognitions
For his work on the Family Law Act review, Mr. Dundee was awarded the CBABC President’s Citation. In 2012, he was awarded the CBABC President’s Medal. In 2008, he was awarded the Legal Services Society of BC’s Certificate of Recognition. Mr. Dundee was recently honoured with the Trial Lawyers Association Bar Award in 2014.

David C. Dundee has also been recognized by Legal Services Society of BC.

Professional Involvement and Volunteer Work
Mr. Dundee has been extensively involved in family law initiatives with the Canadian Bar Association, both nationally and provincially. For the BC Branch, he has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the CBABC Kamloops Family Law Section since 2001. He is a long-time member and chair of the CBABC family law working group, involved in consultations on the Family Law Act, Supreme Court Family Rules, Provincial Court Family Rules, and the Green Paper on Justice Reform. The working group also co-authored the best practice guidelines for family lawyers with a task force from the Law Society of BC.

Mr. Dundee has been involved in many other Branch initiatives and committees, including the BarTalk Editorial Board Committee, the Legal Aid Committee, the work of the Public Commission on Legal Aid, the Planning and Priorities Committee, the Membership Committee, the Court Rules Monitoring Initiative and the Kamloops Law Day Committee.

Nationally, Mr. Dundee has served on the CBA National Family Section since 2008, and is currently Treasurer. He will be Chair in September, 2016. He is involved in various committees within this section, including those dealing with best interests of the child and aboriginal family issues. In the latter capacity, he participated in submissions regarding the new Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. He also serves on the CBA Children’s Law Committee, a cross disciplinary committee consisting of various section members (including family law, criminal justice, constitutional and aboriginal law, etc.) and various experts on children’s law issues across Canada. He was appointed in December, 2012.

Mr. Dundee is also a director of the Hear The Child Society of BC, elected in 2011. He is a roster member of the society’s approved child interviewers.

Mr. Dundee has presented for (and chaired) numerous Continuing Legal Education classes including Family Law Settlements, Family Practice in Provincial Court (twice), Children’s Participation in Family Justice, The New Family Law Act, Designated Family Law Paralegals, and the Intersection of Aging, Death and Divorce (twice).

In 2012, he presented a seminar on the new Family Law Act for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. He presented on capacity issues in 2013, and has been sitting on the Association’s Family Law Committee for two years.

He was invited to be a member of the Attorney General’s Family Law Practice Advisory Group and has served in that capacity for several years.

Benjamin P. Austring, B.A., J.D.

Benjamin P. Austring, B.A., J.D.
Ben Austring graduated from the Juris Doctor of Laws program with the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. He will continue as an Articled Student with Paul & Company in Kamloops in 2014. While in law school, Ben worked at Paul & Company during the summers as a Temporary Articled Student.

Ben has appeared in the Provincial Court of British Columbia on contested family matters including under the CFCSA and Family Law Act. He has also been involved in mediations, Supreme Court of British Columbia trials and Provincial criminal matters. He has co-written articles for the Canadian Lawyer Magazine and has co-presented for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Ben is a board member of the Kamloops Bar Association and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.

Prior to law school, Ben worked in management after receiving his undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University with a joint major.

When not practicing law, Ben spends his time with his family, volunteering with animal welfare organizations, woodworking, and boating. He also plays the jazz piano and alto saxophone.

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