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, her primary practice has been family law, offering her clients practical advice when considering options and potential solutions for clients 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 significant financial and emotional impact for the client. 

Judy almost always is a proponent of settlement discussions recognizing the importance of bringing clients together for meaningful discussion, 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 and preparing for that process. She often will remind clients that “you can be principled or practical, but 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.

As a parent of two young adults, Judy is also cognizant of the many other practical realities facing clients when making difficult decisions within the process.

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 Negotiation and Litigation

Estate Litigation 



Professional Qualifications & Education:

Nova Scotia Bar Admission (1993)

Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1992)

Dalhousie University (B.Comm., 1989)

Certified in Collaborative Family Law resolution

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


Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (25+ years)

Past-President and current member, Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia

Facilitator, Parent Information Program

Past chair Rockingham Community CEntre

Alternative Dispute Resolution 


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

Power, Angela - Legal Assistant (apower@burchellmacdougall.com)

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