Russell Tretiak Q.C. has been the senior counsel at Key Law for over 40 years. Russell’s practice is confined to family law litigation and representation before professional bodies. He was bestowed a Queens Counsel’s (Q.C.) designation over 20 years ago, an honor limited to perhaps 3% of all lawyers in recognition for his contribution to the community and legal profession.
Russell practices in accordance with barrister/solicitor system extant in England, whereby his files are assigned to individual staff who handle them on a day to day basis, with his input as to case theory and conduct in court. This system allows him to offer premium and economic services to clients, while maintaining a large case load that takes him through various courts throughout British Columbia. He practices from offices throughout British Columbia.
With over 40 years of experience and an estimated 3500 cases, Russell is committed to assisting you with all of your legal needs. Key Law believes in providing expedited legal services. Delay in resolving family law issues is costly and emotionally draining on people. The use of the barrister/ solicitor system provides more economical and expedited resolution of disputes. We use settlement meetings, mediation and arbitration, where appropriate, as well as selected litigation processes designed to resolve legal issues in an expedited and cost effective way.
A Cross-Examination Skills Workshop for Family Lawyers: Cross-Examining the Expert
Continuing Legal Education
Family Law for Ordinary People: Interim Advances on Assets, Continuing Legal Education
Family Law Conference: Case Management and Chambers Pilot Project, Continuing Legal Education
Workshop Leader: Advocacy Skills in Family Law, Continuing Legal Education
Family Law Conference: Chair with Carol Hickman of chapter entitled Vertical Mosaic – Melting Pot vs. Multiculturalism, Continuing Legal Education
Family Law Conference: Agreements or Court Order or Minutes of Settlement, Continuing Legal Education
B. v. B., 2017 BCCA 94, section 89 of the Family Law Act; Interim Advancement
The Law Society of British Columbia v. Zoraik, 2015 BCCA 137; Discipline case set aside by B.C. Court of Appeal
R.P. v. S.R.B. 2013 BCSC 1842; Custody and Property
Fuller v. Matthews, 2007, BCSC 444; Common- Law Relationship
Hart v Hart, 1996 BCSC 1863; Custody.
Honours and Awards
Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996 for recognition of professional service and standing
Canadian Football League
1956 – Chris Craft Constellation
1956 – Chris Craft Capri Classic Autos
1965 – Sunbeam Tiger
1956 – Mercury Custom Pickup
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, LL.B.
Simon Fraser University, B.A.
Professional Associations and Membership
Law Society of British Columbia, former Bencher
Law Society of British Columbia, former chair of Unauthorized Practice Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, former member of Competency Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, former member of Complainant’s Review Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, former member of Credentials Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, former member of Practice Standards Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, former member of Discipline Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, former member of Ethics Committee
Law Society of British Columbia, Conduct Review Task Force, Life Bencher
Canadian Bar Association
Westminster Family Law Subsection
New Westminster Bar Association, Member
Westminster Family Law Subsection Committee on submissions to Justice Reform Committee
Westminster Family Law Subsection Committee on Submissions to Law Reform Commission on
Family Law Practice Advisory Panel
Westminster Family Subsection Report on BC Justice Review Task Force, Member
Law Student Legal Advice Program, Supervising Lawyer
Life Bencher of Law Society of British Columbia
Russell enjoys classic boats and cars. Pictured is his 1956 Chris Craft Constellation.