Todd R. Bell, Lawyer

Todd R. Bell

Family Law Trial Lawyer

Todd R. Bell is a partner with Schuman Basran Robin & Bell. He received his LLB in 2007 and was called to the bar in 2008. Mr. Bell's practice is exclusively limited to family law. Mr. Bell is adjunct faculty at the Allard School of Law at UBC, teaching family law beginning in 2017.

Mr. Bell is focused primarily but not exclusively towards litigation, providing assistance to those families whose matters are either not amenable to the collaborative or mediation streams or cannot otherwise be resolved without recourse to the Courts. His files most often resolve themselves as consent orders or separation agreements which from a costs perspective are always preferred, but in the event that mutual agreement is not possible or cannot be found, he is prepared to resolve matters in Court.

In his spare time, Todd does long haul canoe trips, having done several hundred kilometers each in Ontario, the Yukon, British Columbia and northern Saskatchewan.

Selected Decisions as Lead Counsel

Silverman v. Silverman; 2009 BCSC 1349 (Trial)
Haigh v. Spence; 2010 BCSC 270 (Trial)
Peck v. Peck; 2010 BCSC 1397 (Summary Trial)
G. (C.D.) v. P. (D.J.); 2010 BCSC 1216 (Trial)
Semancik v. Saunders; 2011 BCCA 264 (Appeal)
Hefter v. Hefter 2011 BCSC 834 (Inter-Provincial Jurisdiction Dispute)
K.D.P. v. A.R.K.; 2012 BCSC 1025 (Costs)
(A.E.) v. O. (T.K.); 2012 BCSC 708 (Trial)
L.E.M. v. D.M.I.; 2013 BCSC 450 (Trial)
A.H. v. F.L.; 2013 BCSC 1444 (Trial)
Schmidt v. Sucke; 2013 BCSC 1489 (Trial)
J.D.G. v. J.V.V; 2013 BCSC 1274 (Chambers; Leading Decision under Section 213 of the Family Law Act, S.B.C. 2011)
Joffres v. Joffres, 2014 BCSC 1778 (Trial)
Lutoborska v. Nyquvest, 2014 BCSC 2541(Conflict of Interest)
Lutoborska v. Nyquvest, 2015 BCSC 557 (Costs)
Bubber v. Bubber et al, 2015 BCSC 626 (Trial)
Gonzalez v. Gonzalez, 2015 BCSC unreported. (Admissibility)
Kalafchi v. Yao, 2015 BCCA 524 (Appeal)
D’Atri v. Gonzalez, 2017 BCSC 1244 (Special Costs)

Professional Activities

  • Contributor to both CLE conferences and CBA Family Law Subsection Meetings
  • Contributing author of the British Columbia Family Practice Manual; 2011 - 2015
  • 2013-2016 Editorial Board; British Columbia Family Practice Manual
  • Member of the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association Vancouver Family Subsection; 2011- present.
  • Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association Vancouver Family Subsection; 2013-2014, 2014-2015
  • Regular guest lecturer on family law at the Professional Legal Training Course (PLTC) run by the Law Society of British Columbia.
  • Co-Chair: 2012 Family Law Drafting Conference (CLE).
  • Chair; 2014 Family Law Basics Course (CLE)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Allard School of Law, UBC

Professional Memberships

Law Society of British Columbia

Canadian Bar Association


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