Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm
Karen Shirley-Paterson

Karen Shirley-Paterson*


Telephone: 604 661 9385

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: kspaterson@farris.com

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Karen specializes in the area of family law. Her family practice includes all matters relating to child parenting, property division, child and spousal support, and divorce, as well as the drafting of co-habitation agreements, marriage agreements, and separation agreements.

Karen has appeared as family counsel in cases before the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Karen has participated with clients in mediation in resolving numerous matrimonial disputes ranging from the simple to the complex.

Karen is a member of the Family Law Subsection of the Vancouver and Canadian Bar Associations, and a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia. She is a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Karen has presented on the topic of divorce and asset protection, and participated as a panel member for the presentation, “The Business of Divorce”, at the invitation of the Society of Trusts & Estates Lawyers (STEP) Vancouver.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory names Karen as among the leading family lawyers in British Columbia. Karen has received a “good to high” legal ability rating from Martindale-Hubbell, an authoritative and global source for identifying leading lawyers and law firms.  She is also recognized in the Best Lawyers Directory. In addition, Karen participates in the mentor program through the Women Lawyers Forum.

*Denotes a Professional Law Corporation.


  • Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1988)
  • University of New Brunswick (B.Sc., 1982)

  • Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranking (CV)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (1990)
  • Called to the New Brunswick Bar (1989)