Michael Zimmerman , Family Lawyer
Michael received his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of New Brunswick and was called to the Bar in New Brunswick (NB) in 2014, Prince Edward Island (PEI) in 2015 and British Columbia in 2020.

Michael possesses an honours degree from St. Thomas University; a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from the University of Prince Edward Island; a Family Support and Community Engagement certificate from Ryerson University; and a Child and Youth Human Rights certificate from Mount Royal University.

Before moving to British Columbia, Michael managed and administered all of the family justice programs in PEI. He was instrumental in creating and developing various new family justice programs including: the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, the Supervised Access and Exchange Program and the Parenting Coordination Program. Michael also managed the modernization of Child Support Services and the Maintenance Enforcement Program in PEI and was legal counsel responsible for the creation of the independent statutory office of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.

Michael has developed and amended numerous pieces of legislation including: the Family Law Act, Maintenance Enforcement Act, Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Child Protection Act, Adoption Actand Child and Youth Advocate Act.

Michael’s robust knowledge of systems, laws, policies, and programs related to family law and child welfare as well as his many years of experience working directly with and guiding parents and children through difficult family issues while offering meaningful advice, gives him unique insight when dealing with family law issues. This systems level understanding allows Michael to find the best position for his clients to resolve a family law dispute both inside and outside the courtroom. Michael also represents children and youth as a Child and Youth Lawyer.

Michael has appeared in both the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as administrative tribunals.

Michael is an executive member of the National Canadian Bar Association Child and Youth Law Section and Co-Chair of the British Columbia Canadian Bar Association Child Children’s Law Section.

Michael lives on Bowen Island with his husband and their four cats. In his spare time Michael enjoys cycling, hiking, yoga, and running.