Our Lawyers

David A. Paul, Q.C. (Partner)
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.

Profile

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

  • Called to the Bar in 1987
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003
  • 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)
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Civil), December 1999-present
  • BC Supreme Court Mediator Roster (Family), 2003-present
  • BC Parenting Coordinator Roster

Lorianna Bennett (Partner)
B.Sc., LL.B.

Areas of Practice

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

Profile

Lorianna practices primarily in the areas of family law and personal injury. Alongside her work, Lorianna is actively involved both within and outside of the legal profession. Within the profession she has served as president of the Kamloops Bar Association and has held multiple terms as an elected member and committee chair for the Canadian Bar Association, BC branch.

Outside of her law practice, Lorianna spent several years chairing appeals for the BC Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal and is one of the original members and current panel chairs for the BC Health Professions Review Board. In 2016, Lorianna received a ministerial appointment to sit on the board of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which 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. In 2019 Lorianna was elevated to her current role as chair the Quality and Access Committee of the PHSA.

Active in her community, Lorianna served as a director and vice president of administration for the Kamloops & District Crime Stoppers Society, director for the TRU Foundation Board, and director for Venture Kamloops. She has instructed at the TRU Faculty of Law and the TRU School of Business and is an active advocate for anaphylaxis education.

Through her community involvement, Lorianna has become a well recognized as a community advocate and active fundraiser particularly for her efforts with the Royal Inland Hospital and Thompson Rivers University foundations.
Lorianna has been recognized and awarded for her community involvement by both the Canadian Bar Association and by TRU. Her most recent recognition includes the 2020 Kamloops This Week Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Lawyer”.

Jeanine L. Ball (Associate)
B.A., J.D.

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

Profile

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.

Natalie Paul (Associate)
B.A., J.D.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Wills & Estates
  • Animal Law

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A., Thompson Rivers University, 2015
  • J.D., Thompson Rivers University, 2018
  • Called to the Bar in British Columbia– May 2019

Profile

Natalie was born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia.

She graduated from Thompson Rivers University (“TRU”) in 2015 with her Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology. In the fall of 2015, she began law school at TRU. While attending law school, Natalie volunteered with the TRU Animal Law Association and served as managing editor for Volume 4 of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. After graduating law school in 2018, Natalie completed her articles with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. During this time, she also completed a four-week secondment at Breder Law, an animal law firm in Vancouver, and a four-week secondment at Paul & Company. She was called to the Bar in May of 2019.

In 2019, Natalie commenced her studies in the Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is presently working on her LL.M. part-time and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2021.

Outside of work and studying, Natalie volunteers with the BC Lawyers Assistance Program and sings with the Kamloops Jazz Vespers. Her hobbies include singing, cooking, learning languages, and spending time with her dog.

Natalie practices in the areas of family law, wills and estates law, and animal law.

Alex Marr (Associate)
B.A., J.D.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Wills & Estates
  • Criminial Law
  • Civil Litigation

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A., University of Victoria, 2015
  • J.D., University of Victoria 2018
  • Called to the Bar in British Columbia – May 2019

 Profile

Alex was born and raised in Kamloops and is the youngest of four brothers. After high school, Alex attended Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and played on the inaugural TRU men’s hockey team for two seasons. After taking a year off to travel to Europe and Morocco, Alex transferred to the University of Victoria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, followed by his law degree. After law school, Alex returned to Kamloops to complete his articles with a general practice firm, where he continued to work as an associate prior to joining Paul & Company.

During his childhood, Alex enjoyed many of the activities that Kamloops has to offer, including golfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking, competing in the annual Stake Lake Stomp with his family during his early years. However, his real passion was hockey, which he played from ages five to seventeen, having the privilege of serving as captain of his team during his final year in Major Midget.

While studying psychology in Victoria, Alex developed a keen interest in human behaviour and interpersonal relationships. His academic focus gravitated toward gaining an understanding of different human perspectives and what makes people tick. This ultimately rejuvenated a childhood desire to become a lawyer, a career he felt could benefit from a broader understanding of the factors that inform the way people behave. During his time at law school, Alex was able to translate these skills into the courtroom, offering free legal services during a semester at The Law Center, primarily acting as defense counsel. He particularly excelled when advocating at sentencing hearings, where he was able to successfully highlight the ways in which environmental factors present in his clients’ respective circumstances contributed to their current predicaments.

Alex brings considerable knowledge and experience in the areas of personal injury and employment law, with additional experience in residential tenancy, small claims disputes, human rights, and general civil disputes. He strives to ensure that his clients’ underlying concerns and needs are addressed during any dispute so that the resolution achieved is sensible and meaningful. Alex is looking forward to expanding his legal knowledge and applying these values to the area of family law, where he feels his interpersonal skills will translate to effective and efficient dispute resolution.

When not in the courtroom, Alex continues to enjoy playing ice hockey, ball hockey, softball, golf, and tennis. He loves to expand his cooking repertoire but knows he will never be able to oust his mom’s seemingly effortless meals. Despite his litigation background, there is one dispute Alex eventually lost: he and his partner Kate are now the proud adoptive parents of a cat named Stella – although he maintains he is still a dog person at heart.

Volunteer and Community Involvement

During his time in Victoria, Alex was fortunate enough to participate in causes that he felt passionate about. From 2013 to 2016, he volunteered as a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Victoria, visiting the same Little Brother at his school each week for one-on-one activities. He was also introduced to the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) an organization that provides extra-curricular activities for children with autism, among other things. During his time with CAN, Alex supported participants through gymnasium activities and skating lessons, eventually directing lessons himself. He is grateful for his involvement in helping his participants overcome individual obstacles and sharing in the accomplishment of their goals.