Zara Suleman

Sole PractitionerSuleman Family LawFamily (Ontario)

Zara Suleman practices family law and fertility law and is the founder of the law firm Suleman Family Law. She is also a certified family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Zara has also been actively involved in presenting, training, writing and editing materials on family law issues. She has done extensive professional development and academic research in the areas of family violence, specifically violence against women and children. In addition, she has received specialized training regarding couples and families in crisis, working with survivors of trauma and child abuse, mediation and conflict resolution. Zara's LLM thesis from the University of Victoria is titled Race(ing) Family Law: A Feminist Critical Race Analysis of the "Best Interest of the Child" Test and the Impact for Racialized Women in Custody and Access Cases.

Zara Suleman practices family law and fertility law and is the founder of the law firm Suleman Family Law. She is also a certified family law mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Zara has also been actively involved in presenting, training, writing and editing materials on family law issues. She has done extensive professional development and academic research in the areas of family violence, specifically violence against women and children. In addition, she has received specialized training regarding couples and families in crisis, working with survivors of trauma and child abuse, mediation and conflict resolution. Zara's LLM thesis from the University of Victoria is titled Race(ing) Family Law: A Feminist Critical Race Analysis of the "Best Interest of the Child" Test and the Impact for Racialized Women in Custody and Access Cases.

Zara has served on the Board of Rise Women's Legal Centre and continues to actively train law students at Rise's legal clinic. Zara is member and mediator for the Shia Ismaili Muslim Conciliation and Arbitration Board ("CAB") of B.C. Zara was awarded the 2018 Equality & Diversity Award from the Canadian Bar Association B.C. Branch.

Prior to law school, Zara was a front-line community advocate for over a decade, working extensively on issues involving violence against women and children, anti-racism, immigrant and refugee issues, legal aid reform, custody and access advocacy, and anti-poverty initiatives. Zara blogs at The Business of Breakups.

Education

  • University of Victoria, LL.M., 2006
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B., 2004
  • Simon Fraser University, B.A., 1994

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 2007

Accreditations

  • Family Law Mediator
  • Collaborative Law Practitioner

Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Trials Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Family Law Advisory Member, West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund ("WCLEAF")
  • Board Member, Rise Legal Women's Centre
  • Member, Fertility Law British Columbia