Lisa Alexander

BC Collaborative Roster Society
#207 1525 West 8th Avenue (at Granville)
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1T5
Canada
Office: 604-733-8111
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer

Trained in mediation and collaborative law, I am committed to helping couples resolve disputes in a clear compassionate manner. I have limited my practice to collaborative, co-operative and mediation matters in order to give my clients the reassurance they need to trust that their disputes will not end up in the adversarial court system. I am firmly committed to the interdisciplinary model of collaborative law and believe that clients are best served by a team approach.
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<br>My conflict resolution training began with alternative dispute resolution skills training at the University of Victoria Law School, followed by coursework at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Law Society of British Columbia. I refocused my law practice on family issues in the spring of 2003, having previously practiced general commercial and family law litigation. I am a former Directors of the BC Collaborative Roster Society, am the past co-chair and member of the executive of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver, and am active in the areas of public education and provincial team building.
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<br>People are more than just their current struggles. We are beings with deeply held beliefs, hopes and doubts. For those clients who wish to engage a professional with a faith perspective, I am involved in a small community church in Vancouver and work to bring to my practice a respectful viewpoint of the emotional and spiritual aspects of divorce and separation.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law,Mediation
License(s): Member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia
Professional Activities: Executive: Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver ~Executive: Canadian Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution ~Member: International Public Education Committee ~Board of Directors: Waves Community Development Resources
Comments: I have limited my practice to collaborative practice and mediation with the goal that all my professional efforts are focused on a client-based, client empowered settlement. I happily work along side those who work in the litigation system but have made a personal choice to restrict my practice to non-litigation models of dispute resolution. <br> <br>I am active locally, regionally and internationally in the Collaborative Community in education and marketing endeavours, as well as community liason work between the various regions and professions. <br> <br>I, along with Randy Levine and Morrie Sacks, opened the Collaborative Centre in September 2004. The Collaborative Centre is a working space shared by independent lawyers and coaches assisting families through their separations and divorces under one roof. It is believed to be the first such centre in all of North America where lawyers under one roof can assist both partners in their separation issues.
Training Offered

Basic interdisciplinary collaborative training
transitioning to interdisciplinary groups (for lawyers only groups wanting to transition to full interdisciplinary groups)
intermediate and advanced collaborative training
Adult Attachment Style During Relationship Breakdown - A Roadmap for Collaborative Professionals
Attachment Security and the Collaborative Process
family violence screening
communication skills

Training Conducted

Basic interdisciplinary collaborative training
transitioning to interdisciplinary groups (for lawyers only groups wanting to transition to full interdisciplinary groups)
intermediate and advanced collaborative training
Adult Attachment Style During Relationship Breakdown - A Roadmap for Collaborative Professionals
Attachment Security and the Collaborative Process
family violence screening
communication skills

Collaborative Training Offered

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training - course presenter/trainer with Yuval Berger
• October 2008 1 day training Bath, England
• October 2008 2 day training Cambridge, England
• October 2008 2 day training Edinburgh, Scotland
• October 2008 2 day training Ware, England
• May 2010 3 day training Ramat Gan, Israel
• June 2010 3 day training Edinburgh, Scotland
• June 2010 1 day advanced Edinburgh, Scotland
• June 2012 ½ day basic Edinburgh, Scotland

Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Trainings
• October 2013 1 day PFI San Antonio, Texas
• February 2014 2 day Kelowna, BC
• April 2014 1 day White Plains, New York
• November 2014 1 day Charlottesville, Virginia
• March 2014 1 day Houston, Texas

Collaborative Training Reference

Yuval Berger: berger.yuval@gmail.com

Shireen Meistrich: smeistrichmsw@optonline.net

Anne Dick: anne.dick@flmscotland.co.uk