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

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Brandon is a mediator in both family and civil cases. He is committed to mediated resolution where possible.


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.


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


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

8 th 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


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Personal Interests

Martial Arts

Black Belt in Tong Moo Do

Orange Belt in Shito Ryu Karate

SCUBA Diving: PADI Rescue Diver


Wrote the code, from scratch, for

Co-founded Vancouver Legal Hackers


Representative Cases

Chan v Chan, 2014 BCSC 2422 (

BDH Activity Picture 2

Brandon pictured scuba diving in his spare time.