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Trudi Brown, Q.C.
Tel: (250) 595-2220

Trudi was called to the B.C. bar in 1974 and then practiced for four years with the B.C. Crown Counsel Office in Victoria before leaving to form the firm of Buckler Metzger Brown and Milliken in 1978.

Trudi left that firm in 1984 with Judith Kay to establish Brown and Kay, and then merged one year later with Deborah Acheson and Jane Henderson, Q.C. to form Brown Acheson Henderson (a.k.a."the Broads on Broad Street”).

After leaving the B.C. Crown Counsel Office Trudi concentrated her practice in the area of family law. In 1988, Trudi and Jane Henderson, Q.C. migrated to Horne Coupar, where they remained until 2001.

In 2001, Kay Melbye joined Trudi and Jane on Oak Bay Avenue. The firm recently moved to the heart of Oak Bay village where all three continue to practice.

Trudi's practice is still primarily family law. She was one of the first lawyers in Victoria to embrace collaborative law and she is still firmly wedded to the concept of resolving family disputes without going to trial.

Trudi is a family law mediator, commercial arbitrator, a parent coordinator, and a member of of the B.C. Hear the Child Society - which means that she interviews children whose parents are unable to agree on parenting plans.

Trudi has been very involved in her profession - as an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association, director of the B.C. Continuing Legal Education Society, and as a Bencher of the Law Society of B.C. Trudi was the president of the Law Society in 1998 and is a life Bencher today. She also served as B.C. director on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Board.

Trudi continues to co-chair the National Family Law program operated under the auspices of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. This program is for lawyers and judges across Canada and occurs every two weeks for five days.

Trudi recently retired as the president of the Canadian Chapter of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She continues to be active with that group which enables her to learn about family law in different jurisdictions, and to meet lawyers who can assist her clients in other jurisdictions.

Trudi Brown is also the editor along with Madam Justice Huddart of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia as the editor of British Columbia Family Law Practice published by LexisNexus and used by lawyers in British Columbia every day in their practice.  She is currently co-authoring with J.P. Boyd of Vancouver, a book on the new Family Law Act.

Trudi has been very active in the community. Her past involvement includes the Victoria Women's Transition House Society, the Sexual Assault Center, the Canadian Red Cross Society, Mount St. Mary Hospital, United Way of Victoria, Pacific Sport, the University of Victoria, Heritage Realty, UVIC Properties Inc. and the B.C. Law Institute.

Trudi Brown currently sits on the board of the BC Lottery Corporation, as an appointed government representative and as the First Vice-President of the Victoria Symphony Society.

In 1997 Trudi received the Women of Distinction Award for the business and for business and professionals, and in 2009 was the recipient of the community leadership award from Leadership Victoria.


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