Georgialee Lang

Chief Executive OfficerGeorgialee Lang Attorney and ArbitratorFamily (British Columbia)

Ms. Lang has practised family law for 28 years in her boutique firm. She is active in the family law bar, having presented and written papers throughout her career. Latterly she has focused her practice on appellate litigation, mediation and arbitration, and litigation strategy. She has been selected as a leading family law lawyer by Best Lawyers in Canada and Lexpert.

Georgialee Lang has practised family law for 28 years. She began her career with a major blue-chip law firm where she spent 5 years, and developed their family law and estate litigation practices.

In 1994 she launched her own firm under the name of Georgialee Lang & Associates. Starting with one associate, she grew the firm to include five lawyers and multiple paralegals.

During the earlier years of her practice, she took leadership roles in a number of organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association ("CBA") as an elected member of council; executive member of the CBA's Family Law Section, finishing as president; treasurer of the Lawyer's Benevolent Association; board member of Legal Services Society; invited member of The Advocates Club; executive member of University of British Columbia Law Alumni; invited member of Attorney General's Family Law Act Advisory Group; participant in video for Judge's Conference; and a participant in Knowledge Network video for in-person litigants.

She set up and offered advice in a free monthly legal clinic in East Vancouver from March 2005 to March 2010, assisting the poor and the working poor. She has been the pro bono coordinator for the British Columbia Court Of Appeal Pro Bono Project since its inception and spends hundreds of hours providing pro bono services.

She has been qualified as an expert witness in family law by the B.C. Securities Commission ("BCSC"). She has written extensively including in The Lawyers Weekly, The Advocate, Continuing Legal Education, the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, Trial Lawyers of B.C., Canadian Bar Review, National Post, Huffington Post, Toronto Sun, Pacific Business and Law Institute and ADVOCIIS.

She regularly appears as a commentator for radio, television and internet media in the area of family law.

Ms. Lang pens a legal blog at lawdiva.wordpress.com focusing on articles about lawyers, judges, family law, criminal law and political pieces. She is a mentor in the BCSC Inns of Court program in the area of media and the law. She is also currently the Family Law Coordinator for the Trial Lawyers of B.C.

Education

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.), Fellowship, 2011
  • American Bar Association Arbitration Institute, 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education British Columbia, Mediation Training, 1992; 2013
  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1988
  • Simon Fraser University, B.A. (Criminology), 1985

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1989

Experience

  • A hundred plus reported decisions in family law in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal
  • Three appearances as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, twice in leading family law cases and as intervenor making oral submissions in Canada’s prostitution case
  • Drafted hundreds of family law agreements

Associations

  • Invited Member, International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Invited Member, Leading Women for Shared Parenting
  • Executive Member, Board of the Chartered Arbitrators Institute of the United Kingdom, North American Branch

Awards & Honours

  • Community Service Award for pro bono services, Canadian Bar Association, 2012
  • Best Canadian Law Blog for Lawdiva’s Blog, 2010
  • Best Lawyer in Canada for Family Law, 2006–2017
  • Leading Woman in Business, Entrepreneur and Professional Category, Next Level Leadership, 2002
  • Leading lawyer in Family Law, Lexpert Canada, 1997
  • Lexpert Zenith Award as one of 60 leading women lawyers in Canada