Karen S Thompson


Direct 604-691-7580

Fax 604-632-4444

Karen Thompson’s practice is exclusively litigation with a primary focus on matrimonial law and the multi-jurisdictional division of assets. She has experience before all levels of court and litigates when necessary; she also utilizes mediation and alternate dispute resolution when appropriate. With her dedication, work ethic and knowledge of the law, she is a skilled and effective advocate and is someone you want on your side.

Karen has a wide variety of interests outside of law including skiing, boating, travelling, wine, and golf. She is presently concentrating on lowering her handicap.  She was born and raised in Vancouver/Burnaby.

Karen’s practice includes resolving family law disputes through negotiation, pragmatism and creative problem solving, as well as through the court process when required. She has over 25 years’ experience in complex and high net worth family law disputes. She does not shy away from high conflict cases and works tirelessly for her clients.

Karen’s practice includes drafting cohabitation and separation agreements, dealing with all aspects of children’s issues including custody, guardianship, parenting time and relocation issues, spousal and child support, and the division of assets, including corporate assets. She also has an extensive background in general commercial litigation as well, including trusts and estates, corporate disputes, contract issues, disputes involving real estate transactions, construction defects and deficiencies, wrongful dismissal and administrative law issues.

After receiving the gold medal from UBC law school, Karen was chosen by the Honourable Madam Justice Bertha Wilson to clerk for her at the Supreme Court of Canada. From there Karen articled at Russell & DuMoulin, was mentored by Rose-Mary Basham Q.C., and was a partner at Basham, Thompson & Yu before they all joined Owen Bird in 2009. She has been in practice for over 25 years.

  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 1991
  • Clerk, Supreme Court of Canada (Madam Justice Bertha Wilson), 1989
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia (Gold Medalist and Valedictorian), 1989
  • B.A. (Psychology, minor Criminology), Simon Fraser University, 1985
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society;
  • Board of Directors of Burnaby General Hospital Foundation;