Monica is a member of our Family Law group and brings with her 17 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Pushor Mitchell, Monica worked in private practice doing personal injury and insurance defense litigation; she also worked as in-house counsel and conducted prosecutions for the federal and provincial governments. As a result, Monica has extensive trial experience at both the Provincial and Supreme Court levels. Monica has strong organizational, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
Monica helps clients resolve all matters involved in family law disputes including issues regarding children, support and property in a compassionate manner. She believes in working with clients to find the most suitable method of resolution to meet both their immediate needs and long term goals, focusing, whenever possible, on methods that help clients to decrease conflict and facilitate communication.
Monica grew up in Kelowna and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in 1995. She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1998 before returning to British Columbia to practice law.
Monica is an Executive Member of the Kelowna Bar Association and is the Fundraising Chair for the St. Joseph Elementary School PSG. Monica is the organizer of the Annual Pushor Mitchell Blood Drive in partnership with Canadian Blood Services.
Outside the office, Monica’s top priority is spending time with her young family and large extended family. She enjoys all the Okanagan has to offer, including running, skiing and hiking.
I came to Monica because I found her to be very relatable. She provided easily understood answers and solutions. I believe her to be knowledgeable, and very reliable. Monica earned my trust quickly and I can say with confidence that I would seek her counsel again should I need it. I would be very comfortable recommending her services to any friends or family.
Monica has been soo kind and helpful through one of the worst times in my life. She never pushed me to make choices I was not ready to do she patiently gave me my options, and allowed me the time to make the best choices. Having a strong yet empathetic woman like Monica in my life has been extremely helpful and empowering. Also, her vast knowledge in law is reassuring and comforting.
When looking for advice and counsel for divorce proceedings I researched many counsel for this life changing process. Finding Monica showed me experience in various aspects of law including government counsel… practical experience means a great deal to me. First meeting showed she was interested in details and belief in my stance moving forward. During difficult and tense aspects she kept me focused and calm with the aim for resolving the marital breakdown in a fair and professional manner. Monica’s guidance at times seemed hard to understand until we came closer to completing each step where all seemed to work out for the right reasons. I would recommend Monica for counsel in the easiest or hardest marital separation negotiations.
I was looking for a lawyer that was well experienced in family law and In my search I came across Monica McParland’s Article “Do I Need a Prenup? Cohabitation and Marriage Agreements in British Columbia.” I read the article and I decided to contact Monica to set up an appointment. Monica was more than willing to accommodate my needs and was very professional. I felt comfortable explain to Monica my thoughts about getting a cohabitation agreement and she was very helpful in giving me a lot of knowledge on the topic. Monica is very friendly and easy to deal with she was able to accommodate my schedule more than once to discuss and update me on what was going on, and she was very patient in allowing me to gather the required information I needed to complete my agreement and never pushed me to making a quick decision. Highly recommend anyone to use her services for their legal needs.