Our Lawyers

David A. Paul, Q.C.
LL.B., B.G.S., L.L.M. Family Law Mediator, Family Law Arbitrator, Parenting Coordinator

Areas of Practice

David practices in the areas of family law, personal injury, criminal law and mediation (family and civil), and family law arbitration.


David was born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. He graduated from Kamloops Senior Secondary in 1980 the University of Victoria Law School in 1986. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1987. Since then, he has been in private practice in Kamloops.

Since his call to Bar, he has appeared at every level of court in British Columbia. Additionally, over the past 26 years, David has also had extensive experience with mediation. During this period, he has successfully conducted in excess of 300 family law and 50 personal injury mediations.

Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (Dispute Resolution)
  • BC Family Law Dispute Resolution Professional
  • Family Law Mediator (accredited by the BC Law Society)
  • Family Law Arbitrator (accredited under the Family Law Act, January 2014)
  • BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Civil), December 1999-present
  • BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Family), 2003-present
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003

Awards and Recognitions

  • September 1988: Certificate of Appreciation from the Canadian Association of Japanese Canadians in appreciation for the assistance given to the Association (Kamloops Chapter)
  • June 2001: Certificate of Appreciation recognizing 6 years of service on Provincial Council as an elected representative
  • February 23, 2002: Awarded by the Kamloops and Area Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians for participation in their 60th Anniversary of Forced Relocation Workshop
  • 2003: CBABC President’s Medal
  • 2003: CBA (National) Certificate of appreciation acknowledging loyalty, dedication and leadership to the Association as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • 2003: Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • 2012: Awarded a plaque in recognition of exceptional contributions as a Member of the Legal Profession Assistance Conference Board
  • 2013: Kamloops Daily News People’s Choice Award for the Best Kamloops Lawyer. That same year, his partner, Lorianna Bennett, was voted the number two People’s Choice Award for the Best Kamloops Lawyer. This was the first time in the history of the newspaper’s recognition program that the award for “the best” and “second best” was awarded to two individuals from the same business.
  • 2014: BC Courthouse Library Society award in recognition to his contributions and dedication to the Society’s Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • 2004-present: Over 20 medals from local, provincial, and national wine competitions including two national gold medals. In 2010, he was awarded Kamloops Amateur Winemaker of the Year by the Kamloops Winemaker Association.

Publications and Presentations

Throughout his career, David has instructed numerous Continuing Legal Education classes around the country on small firm management, technology, and other niche topics. Since 2003, he has also been a regular presenter at the Pacific Legal Technology Conference held annually in Vancouver. In 2013, he was a keynote speaker at the conference. Between 2010 and 2015, David has been a bi-monthly columnist for the Canadian Lawyer Magazine in his column “David Paul’s Field Notes.” Additionally, he has been a regular contributor to the Courthouse Libraries Lunch and Learn sessions for judges, lawyers and law students. He has also written articles for a blog published by Courthouse Libraries BC Blog titled, The Stream. In the fall of 2017, David’s Master Thesis, Canine Assisted Mediation, was published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

Professional Activities and Volunteer Work

Between 1993 and 1994, David served as President of the Kamloops Bar Association. Since then, he has served as chair on a number of committees of Canadian Bar Association. Between 2002 and 2003, he served as President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Subsequently, he served as Chair of the two National Conferences of the Canadian Bar Association, including the Legal Profession Assistance Conference and the General Practitioners Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Currently, David sits as a Board Member of the BC Lawyers Assistance Program and the Pacific Technology Legal Conference. David also recently served two terms as Chair of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board.

Since 2009, David has instructed at Thompson Rivers University. Between 2009 and 2015, he instructed a course titled Introduction to Criminal Justice Services in Canada. From September of 2015 to April 2018 , he instructed Fundamental Legal Skills, Family Law, and Mediation to Law students attending Thompson Rivers University School of Law.

Lorianna Bennett
B.Sc., LL.B.

Areas of Practice

Lorianna practices in the areas of family law and personal injury.


Lorianna is a co-owner of Paul & Company. Active in her profession, Lorianna has served on all levels of the Kamloops Bar Association, spent six years as an elected member of the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC), chaired the CBABC Member Services Committee, and served on the CBABC Work/Life Balance Committee. In September 2013, Lorianna was re-elected to the CBABC as the Kamloops-Yale County Representative, a position which she held for a further three year term.

Outside of her law practice, Lorianna spent a number of years chairing appeals for the BC Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal and is one of the original members and panel chairs of the BC Health Professions Review Board. In 2016, Lorianna was appointed by the Minister of Health to sit on the board of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA works in partnership with the province’s health authorities and health care professionals to provide care and services through specialized hospitals and centers, such as BC Children’s Hospital and BC Cancer Agency.

Outside of her profession, Lorianna is an active mother of three children, and an engaged community volunteer. In her spare time, she has taught commercial law at Thompson Rivers University’s School of Business. In 2018, she will commence as a sessional instructor at the TRU Faculty of Law. Lorianna is a well recognized community advocate and active fundraiser for the Royal Inland Hospital and Thompson Rivers University foundations.

Professional Qualifications

Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1998

Awards and Recognitions

Lorianna is a past recipient of the CBABC Community Service Award. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Thompson Rivers University Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service. In 2013, and again in 2016, Lorianna was presented with the Kamloops Readers Choice award for “One of the Best Lawyers”.

Publications and Presentations

Lorianna is an advocate of anaphylaxis education. She has been recognized for her efforts in editing a newly published educational handbook for Anaphylaxis Canada.

Professional Activities and Volunteer Work

Lorianna was a co-champion of the 2015 Dancing Like The Stars event that was hosted on September 12, 2015 by the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. This notable event raised in excess of $110,000 for Women’s Breast Health Initiatives at Royal Inland Hospital. Lorianna supported this event again in 2016 as a co-emcee, and assisted the RIH foundation in raising an additional $75,000 for the local breast health initiatives. Lorianna’s volunteer contributions continue throughout the community. She serves as a board member on Venture Kamloops while continuing to support various, local fundraising efforts.

David C. Dundee
B.A. (Hons), LL.B

Areas of Practice

David C. Dundee practices in the area of family law.


David was born in Regina, SK, and raised in Saskatchewan, England, Ontario and British Columbia. He does, however, have roots in the Kamloops community. His maternal great-grandparents lived here at the turn of the last century, and his maternal grandmother and one uncle both lived and died here. He moved here in the summer of 1994.

David C. Dundee was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1982 and has been with Paul & Company since 2001.

David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours English in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1981, both from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the bar in 1982. David has practiced family law for most of his career, and has focused primarily on family law since he came to Kamloops. He became a family law mediator in 1988.

Professional Qualifications

  • Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1982
  • Roster interviewed for the Hear the Child Society of BC

Awards and Recognitions

For his work on the Family Law Act review, Mr. Dundee was awarded the CBABC President’s Citation. In 2012, he was awarded the CBABC President’s Medal. In 2008, he was awarded the Legal Services Society of BC’s Certificate of Recognition. Mr. Dundee was recently honoured with the Trial Lawyers Association Bar Award in 2014.

Professional Involvement and Volunteer Work

Mr. Dundee has been extensively involved in family law initiatives with the Canadian Bar Association, both nationally and provincially. For the BC Branch, he has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the CBABC Kamloops Family Law Section since 2001. He is a long-time member and chair of the CBABC family law working group, involved in consultations on the Family Law Act, Supreme Court Family Rules, Provincial Court Family Rules, and the Green Paper on Justice Reform. The working group also co-authored the best practice guidelines for family lawyers with a task force from the Law Society of BC.

Mr. Dundee has been involved in many other Branch initiatives and committees, including the BarTalk Editorial Board Committee, the Legal Aid Committee, the work of the Public Commission on Legal Aid, the Planning and Priorities Committee, the Membership Committee, the Court Rules Monitoring Initiative and the Kamloops Law Day Committee.

Nationally, Mr. Dundee has served on the CBA National Family Section since 2008, and is currently past chair. He finished his year as Chair in September, 2016. He is involved in various committees within this section, including those dealing with best interests of the child and aboriginal family issues. In the latter capacity, he participated in submissions regarding the new Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. He also served on the CBA Children’s Law Committee, a cross disciplinary committee consisting of various section members (including family law, criminal justice, constitutional and aboriginal law, etc.) and various experts on children’s law issues across Canada.

Mr. Dundee is also a director of the Hear The Child Society of BC, elected in 2011. He is a roster member of the society’s approved child interviewers.

Mr. Dundee has presented for (and chaired) numerous Continuing Legal Education classes including Family Law Settlements, Family Practice in Provincial Court (twice), Children’s Participation in Family Justice, The New Family Law Act, Designated Family Law Paralegals, and the Intersection of Aging, Death and Divorce (twice and a third time in March 2017). One of CLEB’S Most Prolific Contributors.

In 2012, he presented a seminar on the new Family Law Act for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. He presented on capacity issues in 2013, and has been sitting on the Association’s Family Law Committee for three years.

He was invited to be a member of the Attorney General’s Family Law Practice Advisory Group and has served in that capacity for several years.

Jeanine L. Ball

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Wills & Estates

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A., University of Victoria, 2002
  • J.D., Thompson Rivers University, 2016
  • Called to the Bar in British Columbia– May 2017


Jeanine was born and raised in Vancouver. Following graduation from Prince of Wales Secondary, she moved to Victoria and obtained her B.A. from the Child and Youth Care program at UVic.

Prior to law school, Jeanine worked for 9 years at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. During her time at the YMCA she held a number of senior positions, including two years as Manager of School Age Child Care Programs. At the YMCA Jeanine worked with a diverse range of families, employees, and large organizations including School Boards, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and the United Way. Her experience at the YMCA has equipped her with a unique perspective on the area of family law in particular. Her time at the YMCA also played a significant role in her decision to become a lawyer, and an advocate.

Jeanine attended law school at Thompson Rivers University. A highlight of her time in law school was representing Thompson Rivers at the Wilson Moot in 2016. The Wilson Moot is a national moot competition in the area of constitutional law and takes place each year in Toronto. Jeanine was also involved throughout law school in the community legal information service, providing free legal resources and information to the public. She also volunteered with the Law Student’s Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) at UBC in the summer of 2015, where she worked on criminal and small claims matters.

Jeanine speaks Spanish, and has volunteered and worked with a number of organizations focusing on human rights in Latin America. During law school she worked with the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project, where she conducted legal research on the role of Canadian mining companies in Latin America, and continues to be involved as a volunteer. In 2011, she lived for 6 months in Guatemala ,working with youth and children at an organization called Safe Passage, which is located in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump. In 2005, she participated in an exchange program through the YMCA working in a shelter for youth who had been detained after attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.

Locally, Jeanine is a member of the Kamloops YM/YWCA Board of Directors, and she has volunteered with the “Pit Stop” lunch program through Kamloops United Church. Jeanine is a member of the Kamloops Bike Rider’s Association (KBRA), and she is on the organizing committee for the “KBRA Kids League”, a series of mountain bike races for kids in Kamloops.

Outside of her professional work, Jeanine is an active mountain bike racer and skier. She was Provincial Champion in cross country mountain bike in her age category in 2012 & 2014. She also has worked as a ski instructor for children at Whistler-Blackcomb.

Jeanine is thrilled to be working at Paul & Company. She is very pleased to be starting her legal career working with such experienced and skilled counsel. Her previous career and life experience prior to law school make her a strong addition to the Paul & Company team. She appears regularly in both Provincial and Supreme Court representing clients in both family and criminal matters.

Kelly P. Melnyk
B.A., J.D., Associate

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Law
  • Real Estate

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 2012
  • Juris Doctor, Thompson Rivers University, 2016
  • Called to the Bar in British Columbia, 2017


Kelly grew up in Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta at their Augustana Faculty, located in Camrose, Alberta. Shortly after Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 2011 , Kelly and her husband moved to Vancouver, where Kelly worked with Amnesty International and the Canadian Fair Trade Network as an intern. She then worked in marketing for an international software provider before being accepted to law school at Thompson Rivers University in 2013. Kelly graduated from Thompson Rivers in 2016 and completed her articles in the Okanagan with a general practice firm, where she continued to work as an associate before joining Paul & Company.

While attending law school, Kelly volunteered with the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project and was one of the students who initiated legal information services at the Centre for Seniors Information. Kelly also served as the Director of Academics with the TRU Society of Law Students from 2015 to 2016 and was selected to represent Thompson Rivers at the McIntyre Cup Moot Competition in 2016.

Kelly is excited to be back in Kamloops where there are many opportunities to take advantage of the outdoor activities, including golfing, swimming, hiking with her husband and their two dogs. One of their favourite activities had been curling in one of the local leagues while Kelly was in law school and they are excited to get back into it. Kelly sits as a Director for the Board for Centre for Seniors Information, a group she is passionate about working with. Kelly is also a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society and looks forward to becoming more involved with the local section.

Kelly will be practicing in the areas of criminal law, wills and estate administration, corporate and real estate.