Joan Braun is a lawyer, mediator and consultant.
Joan is a lawyer and a social worker, with practical experience and academic training in both fields. She worked in senior management in the social justice sector for several years. While in that role, she established the first legal aid clinic for seniors in western Canada, a program that won an innovation award from the Simon Fraser Gerontology Research Centre.
In 2015 she left senior management to return to practice as a lawyer and mediator at Vista Law Group, and to begin studies towards a PhD in law. Her research focuses on human rights and aging and the law. In 2018 she reached candidacy in her PhD program and launched Braun Solutions a research and consulting business.
Her diverse background is an asset in her work. Whether it is mediation, consulting or teaching, she is passionate about helping her clients learn new skills and develop new solutions to their problems.
Joan Braun has extensive experience working with families. In a pre-law career she worked as a family counselor. She was called to the bar in 2001 and has been practicing as a mediator since 2004. Joan is passionately committed to social justice and to creating dynamic and healthy relationships and organizations.
Areas of Practice
Vista Law Group
As a lawyer Joan helps families and older adult clients resolve conflicts and plan for the future. She provides mediation, legal coaching, independent legal advice and document drafting for family law, elder law and charity law matters. She also assists older adults who have experienced discrimination.
Joan Braun has worked as a mediator in private practice since 2004, resolving family, civil, elder, workplace and child protection disputes. She is accredited as a Family Law Mediator with the Law Society of BC, is a certified Comprehensive Family Mediator with Family Mediation Canada.
Joan Braun has extensive experience in management and strong research skills, which she applies to her consulting work. Her educational background includes degrees in social work and law, as well as graduate training in qualitative and quantitative research methods.