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.
Judy Schoen was recognized for the 15th consecutive year by The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2024 for her practice in Family Law.