Lorne N. MacLean Q.C. is the founder of MacLean Law. Established in 1983, MacLean Law was created with a focus on people: clients, associates, staff and colleagues. Lorne has expanded the firm across British Columbia to serve people throughout the province who need their legal matters moved to successful resolution.
Lawyers and staff are mentored by Lorne; his team approach to law practice is paramount to the firm’s philosophy of ‘people over paper.’ As a reflection of his people focus, legal matters are also handled in a very discrete and emotionally intelligent manner at MacLean Law to ensure each party’s reputation and financial security are left intact.
Lorne regularly lectures on and has been interviewed regarding his innovations in client-focused service that increase client participation in legal decision-making, as a means to increase efficiency and reduce legal fees. He has also published on numerous topics relating to divorce in British Columbia and all aspects of family law. He is sought out by the Vancouver Sun, Global TV, Canada AM and other media for his expertise, knowledge, and opinions on family legal matters in Canada. As well, he has educated other lawyers on new developments in divorce and family law and is a past guest lecturer at the UBC Law School.
Lorne MacLean’s Queen’s Counsel designation is an honour conferred on only four percent of BC legal professionals, to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. No stranger to precedent-setting cases, Lorne has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada twice and is successfully representing the wife in Canada’s first frozen embryo custody dispute.
Lorne practices exclusively in the field of high net worth and complex family law disputes, including separation and divorce agreements, spousal and child support, family property division, child custody, guardianship and access, and marriage-like relationships.
- 1982 Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON
- 1979 B.Sc., University of British Columbia
- 1983 British Columbia Bar
SELECTED DECISIONS, NEWS, & VIEWS
- Lightle v. Kotar, 2014 BCCA 69 – Stock broker’s book of business deemed family property.
- Leskun v. Leskun, 2006 SCC 25 – Established key principles for spousal support decisions.
- Young v. Young, 1993 4 S.C.R. 3 – Successfully represented wife on leading Canadian case on child custody, guardianship and special costs.
- A.R.J. v. Z.S.J., 2009 BCSC 1662 – One of BC’s highest combined support judgments.
- Mills v. Eglin, 2009 BCSC 1595 – Termination of spousal support.
- Johnston v. Embree, 2013 BCCA 74 – Biological father ordered to meet child support obligations while child is with a step-parent.
- Richardson v. Richardson, 2013 BCCA 378 – Successful appeal to increase retroactive award for support and to establish law in Canada on how corporate income related to real estate holdings is calculated.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
- Member of the Judicial Council of British Columbia
- Vancouver BC Access Pro Bono volunteer
- Vancouver BC Access Court of Appeal Pro Bono volunteer
- Guest lecturer UBC Law School on spousal support and Leskun Supreme Court of Canada decision
- Featured Host of Family Matters Family Minute
- Presents: Is there Freedom After 55, to Freedom 55 Financial
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada volunteer
- Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP) volunteer