Patricia C. Lane, Q.C.

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Patricia Lane, Q.C

Patricia C. Lane, Q.C Partner


Services provided by Patricia C. Lane Law Corporation.

  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Alberta (B.A., 1979; LL.B., 1982)

A genuinely exceptional lawyer, Patricia is recognized as both a role model to her peers and passionate ally for the LGBTTQ and other minority communities across Manitoba. She has won multiple distinctions for her advocacy work and has demonstrated that legal professionals can have create a lasting positive impact and legacy on their community.

Patricia is an accomplished Family Law Lawyer. Understanding how difficult separations can be on families, she specializes in Collaborative Law and mediation processes that aims to reduce the amount of stress and emotional trauma on partners and children going through a divorce. She practices in all aspects of Family Law including property, pension and asset division, how to meet the financial needs of children and needs of separating partners guardianship, adoption. Patricia aims to provide couples with closure so they can move on with their lives unimpaired by regrets, anger or residual feelings of bitterness.

Just as legal services can be required for closure when a relationship ends, couples may also need legal services before their relationship begins. Patricia helps many clients create cohabitation and prenuptial agreements so they can feel comfortable taking the next step in their relationship.


  • Collaborative Law Training from International Academy of Collaborative Professionals programs in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Chicago, Vancouver, Washington and Seattle (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015,2018)
  • Ontario Collaboration Law Federation and Ontario Association of Family Mediators in Niagara and Ottawa (2017,2019)
  • Powerful Non – Defensive Voice ” Train the Trainers” six day course, Mexico (2011)
  • Required Course for Arbitration Certification (2006)
  • Comprehensive Mediation Internship Pilot Project, Government of Manitoba (1999)
  • Comprehensive Family and Divorce Mediation – Daniel Hamoline (1997)

Memberships and Professional Designations

  • Collaborative Practice Manitoba
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association


  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2019
  • Patricia Lane received the Best Lawyers™ 2019 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” award in Winnipeg
  • Patricia Lane selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020 editions in the field of Family Law 

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Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Recognized as the “Best Family Lawyer in Winnipeg” for 2019,2017 and 2015 by “Best Lawyers in Canada”, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession
  • Canadian Bar Association Cecilia I. Johnstone Outstanding Service Award (2015) for professional excellence, a role model and an agent of change, presented at WLF Leadership Conference November 20, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C
  • Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession (2013), one of two Manitoba recipients.
  • Manitoba Bar Association Isabel Ross (MacLean) Hunt Award (2013) for contribution as a role model for women lawyers
  • University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award (2012) for advancing the cause of equality of LGBTTQ persons
  • Canadian Bar Association SOGIC Ally Award (2010) for advancing the cause of equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two spirited people
  • Manitoba Bar Association and Pro Bono Public Interest Project Certificate of Recognition (2005) for representation on cases seeking employment benefits and marriage status for same sex couples
  • Manitoba Bar Association Equality Award (2005) for work on promoting equality in the legal profession
  • Governor General’s Silver Jubilee Medal (2002) for commitment to community for work with Youth Helping Youth project



  • Family Law Modernization Table, Invited member (2019)
  • Ingenium Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Conference Panelist ” Diversifying the Engineering Profession- Lessons to be learned from Law and Medicine” (2018)
  • RBC Lunch Hour Series Presenter on “Powerful Non-Defensive Communication” (2018)
  • 2018 Family Law Reform Advisory Committee, appointed member with Fineblit Report issued June 8, 2018 (2017, 2018)
  • Taylor McCaffrey LLP Management Committee (2010-2016)
  • Law Society of Manitoba Justicia Working Group to develop Maternity and Parental Leave model policy (2014-2017)
  • National Family Law Bi-Annual Conference (Whistler), Co-presenter of “Family Law Lawyers as Agents of Reason” (2015)
  • Canadian Bar Association National Conference, Presenter on “Law Firm Management: Practising Inclusive Leadership”; Moderator of panel on “The Use of Gender Inclusive Language” (2013)
  • Career Women Interaction, FCI-CWI, Women in Leadership conference: Moderator of half day program; Presenter on topic of “Creating Change” (2013)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Women Lawyers Forum, Past Chair and Member of Executive Committee (2006-2013) and Co-chair of committee presenting the first Canadian Bar Association national conference for women lawyers (Toronto, 2011)
  • National Conference of Women Bar Associations (U.S.), Canadian representative on Board (2011-2013)
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, Canadian liaison (2009-2011)
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Women Lawyers’ Forum, Past Chair and Member of Executive Committee (2006-2017)
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Past Chair and Member of Executive Committee (2005-2007)
  • Collaborative Practice Manitoba, active member (2004-present) and Past Chair and member of Executive Committee (2005-2007)
  • Collaborative Practice Manitoba Conference Committee coordinating conferences on Powerful Non-Defensive Language (2008), Understanding High Conflict Personalities and Managing and Resolving Their Disputes (2008), The Disarming Power of Questions (2013), Parent/Child Alienation: Emerging Theory and Practice (2014), and The First Joint Meeting and the Role of Law (2015)
  • Pitblado Lecture Series Conference Committee member for “Remedies: From Dollars to Sense?” (2010), Panel Moderator on “Making the Business Case for Access” for Accessing Justice: Beyond Barriers Lecture Series (2014)
  • Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Guest Lecturer for Clinical Family Law Course on topics of Communication and various other substantive topics (2011-2019); Instructor of Clinical Family Law Course (2002-2010), Instructor of Advanced Family Law Course (2000-2002), Seminar leader for Advocacy Course (1994-2000)
  • LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund) volunteer including participating in review of Intervention factums to the Supreme Court of Canada on occasion (1996-2014)
  • Manitoba W.I.S.E ( Working in Support of Equality Inc.) Host of Annual Celebration event (2015 -present) Prior 10 years for predecessor organization Manitoba L.E.A.F
  • The Non-Defensive Voice Inc., Executive Committee (2010-present)
  • The Non-Defensive Voice International, an Oregon corporation with charitable status, Executive Committee (2010-present)
  • Mental Health Review Board, Panelist Chair (2004-2013)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, Children’s Religious Exploration Committee member and Teacher (2014-present), Adult Programming Workshop Series on Powerful Non Defensive Communication (2016-2019) Shared Ministry Team (2011-2013), Youth Advisor (1988-2010) including helping to develop program empowering youth to take social action for which they were awarded the Inaugural Manitoba Human Rights Youth Award (2003), and Youth Workshop Series on Powerful Non- Defensive Communication (2018) Past President and Member of Board (2002-2006)
  • Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Chair of Legal and Marketing Committees (2000-2002)
    Women’s Employment Counseling Service Inc. and Immigrant Women’s Employment Counseling Service Inc., Board (1996-1999)