I am very comfortable in the courtroom, but I’m equally comfortable seeking results for my clients at the negotiating table. I understand that going to court does not always produce the best result for a client, and it is frequently necessary to apply creative problem solving to the litigation context so that no matter what stage of the process a client is at, they have the best chance of a quick resolution.
—H.M.

Biography

Heather Mathison joined Harris & Brun in June 2016. Her practice focuses on plaintiff personal injury, insurance defence, and family law. Heather also assists clients to draft simple wills.

Heather has a varied litigation background. After graduating from the University of Alberta law school in 2009, she articled with a large, full-service downtown Vancouver law firm and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2010. From there, Heather joined a Vancouver civil litigation boutique. In 2013, Heather shifted her focus to civil litigation in the family law context. She devoted the next three and a half years to advising clients and running litigation files with a Vancouver family law firm. Heather has advised and represented clients on a variety of litigation matters including before Administrative Boards and Tribunals, the Provincial Court, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Heather is also a member of the British Columbia Family Unbundling Roster

Experience in diverse practice areas has taught Heather to adapt her litigation skills to whatever context is relevant to her clients. In the process, she has experience dealing with all aspects of case preparation including document production, discoveries, mediation and negotiation, and appearing before the BC Courts on matters ranging from Chambers applications, running trials, summary trials, and applications for costs.

Heather is committed to educating her clients so that they fully understand the litigation process at each stage of a file. She takes pleasure in seeing a file through to its conclusion and achieving a result that is fair and works for everyone involved.


Reported (and Unreported) Cases

In addition to numerous Supreme Court chambers applications and hearings in Provincial Court, Heather was counsel in the following decisions:

  • LLJ v. EJ, 2013 BCSC 1233 Heather was counsel on a matter that involved one of the first interpretations of the new Family Law Act legislation regarding relocation of children. Heather successfully obtained an order that the Child not be moved.
  • JDC v. KLMFC, 2014 BCSC 2182 Heather assisted with the 17 day trial in this high conflict dispute. This case has been cited and relied upon in subsequent litigation and the reasons for judgment draw substantially from Heather’s written submissions.
  • JDC v. KLMFC, 2015 BCSC 2398 Heather obtained the largest fine possible against the opposing party for non-disclosure of documents and obtained an award for 50% special costs in favour of her client. Essentially the Judge punished the opposing party for his financial dealings in this matter.
  • Other reported decisions in this high conflict matter where Heather was counsel include: JDC v. KLMFC, 2016 BCSC 1057 and JDC v. KLMFC, 2016 BCSC 509.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Heather’s professional affiliations include:

  • Member, Law Society of BC
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • CBA Young Lawyers Executive Board Member:
    • 2016/17 Registration Officer
    • 2015/16 Registration Officer
    • 2014/15 Legislation Liaison

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia

Community Involvement:

Heather has given back to the community by participating in the Legal Aid program for family law files and child protection matters and presenting as a speaker on behalf of Legal Aid to victims services workers.