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

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Brandon has over a decade of experience helping people, organizations, and families effectively overcome obstacles and reach their goals. Brandon adheres to the Law Society’s Best Practice Guidelines for Family Lawyers, and believes that minimizing the emotional impact on all concerned generally stands to 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.

Family law matters often concern an intricate mix of legal, emotional, and financial issues, and Brandon utilizes his diverse set of skills to help his client create and decide on creative, pragmatic solutions. These strategies, first gained through a hands-on business education, are enriched by a deep knowledge in alternative dispute resolution (including certifications in civil and family mediation; and collaborative law). Brandon believes in co-creating a pathway through litigation with his clients: he strives to clearly explain the law as it applies to his clients’ situations to empower them in the litigation process, and provide them options which will allow them to create the best outcomes for themselves and their families.

Mr. Hastings is also a certified mediator, and though mediation is not well-suited to every dispute, where it is appropriate mediation (or negotiation), tends to create the best outcomes.

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When litigation is required, Mr. Hastings believes in settlement-focused litigation. Settlement-focused litigation is the process of using all of the tools at your disposal, including the court process, to negotiate effectively and increase the chances of settlement.

Brandon has been in court since his first year of law school. He took a client to trial on the afternoon of his last final exam in first year as part of the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and was selected to attend the National University of Singapore (NUS) as an exchange student, where he participated in masters-level courses taught by law professors from some of the world’s leading universities, including NYU.

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. Brandon is a self-taught computer programmer, and has worked with the BC Provincial Government as a Subject Matter Expert, drawing on his experience in civil and family litigation. Brandon also regularly writes and presents to lawyers and non-lawyers on legal topics.

Bar Admissions and Professional Certifications

  • Family Law Mediator, Law Society of British Columbia, 2017
  • Member of the Mediate BC Civil Mediator Roster, 2015
  • British Columbia Bar Admission, 2015


  • Juris Doctor
    University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (with Distinction)
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University School of Business, 2010

Selected Continuing Professional Development (Professional Education)

  • Over 184 hours of professional development in 2016 and 2017, including:
  • The Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children
    Justice Institute of British Columbia, June 2017
  • The Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults
    Justice Institute of British Columbia, May 2017
  • Mediated Agreements and Related Court Orders
    Justice Institute of British Columbia, March 2017
  • Family Violence Screening for Litigators & DR Professionals
    Continuing Legal Education BC, May 2016
  • Introductory Interdisciplinary Training in the Collaborative Family Process
    BC Roadmap Trainers – Bev Churchill and Cathie Heinrichs, June 2016

Other Education

  • Foundations of Development Policy (Economics)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (edX), 2015 
  • Knowledge Management and Big Data in Business
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (edX), 2015
  • XSeries Certificate in Systematic Program Design
    University of British Columbia X (edX), 2016
  • Nanodegree: Computer Programming
    Udacity, 2015

Selected Honors and Awards

  • BC–NUS Lee Foundation Student Mobility Award, August 2011
    University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, August 2011
  • George C. Wootton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University System
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University, April 2010
  • Dean’s Medal
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University, School of Business

Selected Publications

  • BC Family Justice: Systematic and Cultural Change, and the FLA
    Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, October 2017
  • Pitfalls of Negative Net Worth: Family Debt and Section 82
    Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, February 2016
  • A2J Evolution: Time for a Redesign
    Canadian Bar Association: National Magazine, December 2016
  • Personal Injury Across Provinces: Dimensions of Auto Insurance in Canada
    Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, October 2016
  • Trial by Ambush in BC: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to into the courtroom…
    Canadian Bar Association, BC: BarTalk Magazine, August 2016
  • Legal Futures Roundups (ongoing)
    Canadian Bar Association: National Magazine, August 2016 – present

 Selected Community Engagement

  • Canadian  Bar Association, British Columbia: Provincial Council
    Representative for Westminster | September 2017 – September 2018
  • 8th and 9th Justice Summits: Technology
    CBABC Steering Committee Appointee | March 2017 – present
  • City of Richmond, British Columbia: Family and Youth Court Committee
    Member | January 2017 – present
  • Vancouver Legal Hackers
    Co-Founder | November 2016 – present
  • Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia: Court Services Committee
    Member | September 2016 – present
  • Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia: BarTalk Magazine Editorial Board
    Editorial Board Member | October 2015 – present
  • Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia
    Executive Member, Secretary | September 2014 – present

Selected Memberships and Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia
  • Mediate BC
  • New Westminster Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association

Social Media

Personal Interests

Representative Cases

Standardized Test Scores

  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE), October 2016
    Verbal Reasoning: 170/170, 99th percentile
    Quantitative Reasoning: 166/170, 91st percentile