Brandon Hastings B.B.A (DIST), J.D.

brandon hastings


Brandon has over a decade of experience helping people, organizations, and families effectively overcome obstacles and reach their goals. His experience in strategic business thinking, negotiations, trial advocacy, computer science and mediation allows him to understand his family law clients’ situation from their perspective, and create personalized strategies geared to each client’s needs.

An undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) – a hands-on degree focused on working with people to create success in fluid, high-pressure, analytical environments – differentiates Brandon from many lawyers. Brandon graduated top of his class from his BBA, and helped found the President’s Ambassadorial Team and the School of Business’ very successful international information technology business case competition team.

As a law student at the University of British Columbia, Brandon was selected to attend the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he participated in masters-level courses taught by law professors from some of the world’s leading universities. During law school, Brandon volunteered with Access ProBono, the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, and the CoRe conflict resolution clinic. Brandon took a client to trial during his first year of law school, on the afternoon after that year’s final, final exam.

In his personal life, Brandon is passionate about volunteerism and access-to-justice. He prides himself on working in teams to build solutions that benefit others. A self-taught computer programmer, Brandon has worked with the BC Provincial Government as a Subject Matter Expert, drawing on his experience in civil litigation to help create the Civil Resolution Tribunal’s Solutions Explorer. Brandon also regularly writes and presents to lawyers on legal topics.

Family law concerns many legal, emotional, and financial issues. Brandon brings creative, pragmatic solutions to his legal practice, which are enriched by knowledge in mediation and strategic business thinking. Brandon believes in co-creating a pathway through litigation with his clients, which means clearly explaining the law as it applies to his client’s situation, giving them options, and empowering them to make decisions with him.

Brandon adheres to the Law Society’s Best Practice Guidelines for Family Lawyers, and believes in minimizing the emotional impact on all concerned, and create the best, most sustainable outcomes. There is a depth of focused calm to his work, and he never seems to forget that at the end of the day, his clients are real people, with real life issues that matter to them on a very personal level.

Brandon holds a Black Belt in Tong Moo Do martial arts, an Orange belt in Shito-Ryu Karate, and is a PADI-certified Rescue Diver. In his spare time, Brandon likes to learn new things, exercise, practice martial arts, hike, build things, watch NetFlix, and SCUBA dive.

Select Extracurriculars:

UBC Field School Archaeologist in Petra, Jordan
Volunteer House-builder in Republico Del Chunchi, Ecuador
PADI-certified Rescue Diver
Black Belt in Tong Moo Do martial arts, Orange Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate
Exchange Student at National University of Singapore Law School (NYU@NUS)
International Business Case Competitor
Junior Team Canada Trade Delegate (South East Asia)

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia


  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    • Juris Doctor – 2013
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC – 2010
    • Honours: With High Honors
    • Major: Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Nanodegree – 2015
    • Major: Computer Programming
    • Major: Web Applications
    • Major: Udacity
  • UBC
    • XSeries Certificate – 2016
    • Major: Systematic Program Design
    • Major: Computer Science
  • Mediate BC
    • Court Mediation Program – 2015

Published Works

  • Bar Talk Magazine, UMP and the Un(der) Insured, February 2016
  • CLEBC Mediation Conference, Braaaiiiinnns in Mediation, October 2015
  • BarTalk Magazine: Travel Expenses: Overhead or Disbursement? Interpreting Rule 14-1(5), October 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mediate BC’s Civil Mediator Roster, Member
  • CBA of British Columbia’s (CBABC’s) BarTalk Magazine, Editorial Board Member
  • CBABC Court Services Committee, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co-Founder, Vancouver Legal Hackers
  • Director, Executive Committee Member and Fundraising Committee Chair – Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC)
  • Legal Futures Columnist, CBA National Magazine
  • Volunteer House-builder in Republico Del Chunchi, Ecuador