I was called to the Bar in 2001 after graduating from the University of Victoria. I set up my own firm, Elaine M. Davies Law, in November 2007 and practice in the areas of family law, wills and estate law. My main focus is on parents at risk of having their children removed and seniors/disabled who need help in planning for their present care and future needs. Previous to going out on my own and subsequent to being qualified as a lawyer, I moved to Kamloops where I was employed by Crown Counsel, Family Maintenance Enforcement and undertook contract work for the BC Lotteries Corporation. I joined Carr Buchan and Company in 2004 shortly after returning to Victoria and remained with that firm until I set up my own firm.
Born in Victoria and raised on Salt Spring Island, prior to attending law school, I earned a M.A. in history from Concordia University in Montreal and then worked as a researcher and project manager on Aboriginal claims with the Department of Indian Affairs in Vancouver from 1992 until 1997. As part of my continued interest in research and writing, I self-published a book on the history of Gambier Island, a very successful collaborative project that stretched over a number of years and continues to generate sales.
Presently I am on the Membership Committee of the Collaborative Family Law Group and am the Family Law representative on the VAWIR Co-Ordination Committee. In the past, I worked with the Young Parent’s Network Committee, acted as the Treasurer of the Victoria CBA Family Law Section, chaired the Judicial Liaison Committee with the School District 61 Community Task Force on Crystal Meth (Victoria), am on call for the Victoria Family Caregivers Association as an adjunct legal counsel, acted as president for one year with a Victoria chapter of BNI, Referral Masters, and was very involved in my mother’s care (who died of Parkinsons on June 27, 2010 but in her own home as per her wishes). In my spare time, I prefer to be outside working in my garden, walking our Lab X or spending time with my spouse, Rick. As often as I can, I travel from my home in Victoria to enjoy the quiet of our family cabin on Gambier Island.