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Born and raised in Toronto, Dyan completed her Juris Doctorate at UBC in 1991 after receiving her BA in psychology from York University. She has a diploma in Theology and is working on completing a Masters of Divinity.
Dyan articled in Vancouver and was called to the bar in 1993.
Dyan specializes in family law, child apprehension, family mediation, and civil litigation for sexual assault and abuse. Dyan is also a designated Children’s Lawyer (able to act for the interests of underage children without the presence of parents or guardians). Dyan’s approach is collaborative and results-oriented, always striving for resolution out of court.
Dyan’s involvement in the Victoria community includes past participation as a board member of the Separation and Divorce Resource Centre and she often gives seminars at various organizations on issues of Family Law, Wills and Estates.
Dyan’s manner is easy, approachable, and empathetic to the needs of her clients and their particular circumstances, working to make difficult situations less stressful in the process.
Kendra Marks practices family and child protection law and provides wills, powers of attorney, and representation agreements. Kendra’s focus is to resolve family matters as compassionately and pragmatically as possible, working to minimize conflict and effect timely resolutions, all while keeping clients’ – and children’s – best interests in mind. Kendra provides services to both private and Legal Aid clients, and also works with parents facing involvement from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She also provides services with regard to fertility law, particularly for 2SLGBTQIA+ clients. Kendra is experienced at representing clients in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and court, and has appeared at the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia.
Kendra’s major paper for their JD, “Inheriting Relationships: Reimagining the Practice of Estates and Trusts Through Anishinaabe Stories About Plants,” was completed under the supervision of Professor John Borrows. During law school, Kendra held several research assistant positions and also provided research in the area of trusts and family law for Michelle Kinney and Christine Murray. Kendra spent her 2L summer at Horne Coupar LLP, a well-known Victoria law firm, and in 2019-2020 Kendra returned for articles under the supervision of Fiona Hunter. Kendra received training in wills, estate administration and litigation, corporate law, and trusts, providing an excellent foundation for working with these issues in family law.
Kendra was raised in Mohkínstsis and lives on W̱JOȽEȽP territory with their partner and rescued animals Siggi and Solovey. Kendra spends as much time as possible outside and is an avid gardener, beader, knitter and reader.
Irene practices family and child protection law, and provides wills, powers of attorney, and representation agreements. Irene strives to provide service that realizes each client’s financial, familial, and legal best interests. Her approach is both compassionate and practical, minimizing conflict and avoiding unnecessary time in court.
Before becoming a lawyer, Irene worked as a legal advocate, providing pro-bono legal services to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. While attending law school at the University of Victoria, Irene wrote their supervised research paper on children’s participation rights in the B.C. family law system. Irene participated in UVic’s clinical program, where she represented clients in criminal, family and human rights matters. In 2018, Irene was one of four UVic students selected to compete nationally in the Gale Cup Moot. She also received the DLA Piper (Canada) LLP Prize for demonstrated excellence in Environmental Law. Before joining Davison & Co., Irene articled and practiced with Together Against Poverty Society. She has appeared before many administrative tribunals, as well as the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia.
Outside the office, Irene enjoys reading, cycling, karaoke, and her houseplants.