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MacDonald, 2016 BCSC 939). A few months later, Jennifer and Robert conducted
their first trial together (Gaebel v. Lipka, 2016 BCSC 2391), which later
afforded them an opportunity to appear together in the Court of Appeal (2017
BCCA 432). More recently, they had the opportunity to conduct a jury trial
together. I can only imagine the joy that they each must have felt, father and
daughter, lawyer and lawyer, tag-teaming their examination skills on opposing
witnesses and working together on final arguments.
In 2016, I asked Jennifer if she would take on the task of co-authoring the
annual revisions to Discovery Practice in British Columbia, which CLEBC initially
published in 1999 and is revised annually to account for new cases
and evolving practices. The first of our joint annual revisions occurred in
2017. Not a lot is left of the initial version of the book as it read in 1999, and
it is now truly a joint effort: another Harris & Brun, so to speak.
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck British Columbia, and all
businesses except those that provide “essential services” were locked down.
Jennifer organized us in such a way that the entire operation of the firm
transitioned to a remote model over a single weekend! Since that point, Jennifer
has been guiding the firm of 17 lawyers, paralegals and support staff
through the pandemic and has effectively become the chief operating officer
of the firm.
Jennifer married Daniel Moore in 2011. Justice Walker presided over the
marriage. On Jennifer’s marriage and family life, Justice Walker writes:
Jennifer’s fierce dedication to her clients and their success is surpassed
only by her dedication to her family—in particular, to her husband,
Daniel, and her son, Oliver. Jennifer works full-time in Vancouver, and
Daniel works full-time in Whistler. It’s not a problem. They make it work.
Some say it’s due to Jennifer’s keen organizational skills. Others say that
having married Daniel, whose support for Jennifer’s decision to pursue
her law practice on her own terms is unwavering, Jennifer is unquestionably
lucky in love. From my point of view, having been fortunate enough
to officiate over their wedding ceremony and to witness Jennifer’s diplomacy
and organizational skills and Daniel’s compassion and fortitude in
action, I would say that they are both extremely fortunate to have found
To some, Jennifer’s management of a busy family life and her burgeoning
practice, plus ongoing contributions to legal education through writing
and speaking, is confounding because it seems so effortless. To those who
know Jennifer, her work ethic and her love of the law, it is no surprise.
She carefully considers the pros and cons of every decision she makes—
such as where her family should live, what home to buy and how best to
manage and promote her firm—before acting.
Oliver was born to Jennifer and Daniel in 2018. Before COVID-19 struck,
it was not uncommon for me to look out my office door and see a crawling