After 15 years’ practicing family law in both Vancouver and Fraser Valley law firms, Kendelle decided to start her own Surrey/White Rock-based firm so that she could provide a more personalized and supportive service to those navigating divorce, adoptions, spousal and child support, and custody and guardianship.
As a family lawyer and neutral family mediator, Kendelle focuses her practice in the following core service areas:
- Settlement Agreements
- Family Property and Debt Arrangements
- Spousal Support
- Child Support
- Custody & Guardianship
- Parenting time and Associated Issues
She also has considerable experience in both division of family property (family assets) and business property (both privately held and corporations). In particular, Kendelle has experience assisting high net worth clients and business owners deal with their complex asset structures upon marriage breakdown.
Family LawLegal issues are rarely black and white, and no two family law cases are alike. Kendelle offers her clients an honest and informed opinion with respect to their legal standing on various issues including child support and spousal support. Together, she and her clients carefully strategize the most optimal path forward for the best possible outcomes, with the least amount of stress and unnecessary cost. Kendelle firmly believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to resolving conflict or assisting a family with separation and divorce. For that reason, she has adopted a diverse set of conflict resolution methods including trial work and litigation, negotiation, and family mediation.
Negotiation and Family Mediation
In 2016, Kendelle traveled to Toronto to deepen her understanding and skill in family law negotiation and obtained a Certificate in Negotiation from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). This course allowed Kendelle to delve into the theory and practical nuances of family law negotiation, providing her clients with a tactical advantage at the negotiation table.
Further, she has completed over 200 hours of family mediation training (well beyond the standard 80 hours required by the Law Society of BC), so that she can offer superior services whether she is acting as a neutral third-party mediator or as an advocate for her clients at a mediation.
These skills, along with her commitment and compassion, lead her clients to a speedier, less costly resolution to their family law issues and/or conflict during separation and divorce.
A note from Kendelle
As an advocate, I tirelessly fight for my clients, and perhaps most importantly, I solve family law problems for my clients. As a neutral family mediator, I skillfully facilitate communication and help clients to solve their own family law disputes. Regardless of which ‘hat’ I am wearing, in order to deliver on those promises, I listen deeply to all of my clients to understand their needs, issues, and concerns to their family law problems. From there, the real work can begin. I take the time to get to know my clients; no one is simply a file number at my firm. At Pier Law & Mediation, we have the knowledge, skill and commitment to help solve your family law issues and conflict.
Kendelle Pollitt, LLB, Q.Med.
Principal & Founder
Kendelle made the process of mediation very easy for both myself and my ex-husband. At a time when emotions can be extremely high, she was patient, walked us through the entire process and kept us focused on the separation and our kids. We were so pleased that we referred our friends to her, who also were extremely happy with the outcome and process of mediation with Kendelle.
I hired Kendelle to help me with my separation and divorce. I found Kendelle and her assistant Laura were continually on top of things in my case – I was kept up to date with correspondence and informed of any developments. I felt that Kendelle really cared about helping me through this difficult period and in the end, she negotiated a result that was right for me. I highly recommend Pier Law & Mediation.
She treats you like family, while getting the job done! No headaches, smooth process and stress free. Very glad to have her in my corner fighting for me.
Family Law and Family Mediation Credentials
Called to the Bar, Law Society of BC in 2006
Certificate in Negotiation, Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), 2017
Accreditation, Family Mediator, Law Society of BC, 2016
Certificate, Mediation Training Program, ADR Institute of BC, 2017
Qualified Mediator designation, (Q.Med.), ADR Institute of BC, 2018
Past and Current Affiliations
Member, Law Society of BC, 2006 – Present
Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2006 – Present
Volunteer, Access ProBono, Volunteer Mediator Roster member, 2019 – Present
Volunteer, Access ProBono, Advice-A-Thon at Surrey Center, 2018
Member, Surrey Board of Trade, 2016 – Present
Organizing and Judging Committee Member, Women in Business Excellence Award, Surrey Board of Trade, 2016 – Present
Director at Large, South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce, 2020
Member, Semiahmoo Rotary Club, 2020
Member, New Westminster Bar Association, 2017 – Present
Member, Surrey Bar Association, 2015 – Present
Member, ADR Institute of BC (and ADR Institute of Canada), 2017 – Present
ADR Institute of BC, Symposium Organizing Team Volunteer, 2019 and 2020
Member, including Executive Member, Soroptimists International (Langley Chapter), 2011 – 2017
Guest Speaker, Professional Legal Training Course, Family Law, 2015
Member and Secretary, Fraser Valley Bar Association, 2007 – 2009
Chairman of the Board and Director at Large, F.A.Y.S.S. (now ENCOMPASS Support Services Society), 2006 – 2011
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