Judy Schoen

Judy is a long-time resident of Nova Scotia, completing both her undergraduate degree in Commerce and Law at Dalhousie University.

Since her admission to the Nova Scotia bar in 1993, Judy has continued to represent clients in most aspects of civil litigation, including appearances in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Supreme   Court (Family Division), Small Claims Court and various Boards and Tribunals. She offers her clients practical advice when considering options and potential solutions in difficult, but oftentimes transitory situations.   Judy recognizes that clients do not have to make all of these decisions at the initial consultation and encourages them to take some time to consider options, especially given the potential significant financial and emotional impact for the client.  Although Judy’s primary practice has focused on family practice, her familiarity with litigation and the required Court rules provide experienced guidance to clients when considering most areas of litigation.

Judy is almost always a proponent of settlement discussions recognizing the importance of bringing clients together for a less adversarial resolution, where appropriate.  She is also well prepared for advocacy when required and is well versed, through her years of experience, in guiding clients through the Courtroom process.   She often will remind clients that “you can either be principled or practical, but that principle sometimes costs a lot of money” and that the emotional cost of a proceeding, as compared to negotiation, is a significant factor to be considered in addition to the financial cost.

Outside of work, Judy enjoys participating in exercising (outdoors preferably), travelling and decorating.  As most parents, her kids remain her top priority.  She credits her professional friendships with colleagues within the family law profession for maintaining a balanced perspective.

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

Practice Areas

Family Law (negotiation and litigation)

Civil litigation, including estates

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Negotiation informally and formally, including collaborative law & judicial settlement conferences



Professional Qualifications & Education:

Nova Scotia Bar Admission (1993)

Dalhousie University (LLB., 1992)

Dalhousie University (B.Comm., 1989)

Certified in Collaborative Family Law resolution

Ongoing legal education sponsored by Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Barristers Society & Federation of Law Societies


Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

25 + year Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

Past-President, Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia

Facilitator, Parent Information Program

Past chair, Rockingham Community Centre

Variation of parenting, child support and spousal support Orders

Property Division


International Child Abduction (Hague Convention applications)


ADR - Negotiation informally and formally, including collaborative law and judicial settlement conferences.

Successfully represented clients in Family Court, Supreme Court, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in all areas of family law including:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Parenting issues
  • Interim and final child and spousal support
  • Variation of parenting, child support, and spousal support orders
  • Property division
  • Adoption
  • International Child Abduction (Hague Convention applications)

Judy's Support Staff

Henson, Jennifer - Legal Assistant (jhenson@burchellmacdougall.com)

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