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Before the Registrar. He has been a member of the B.C. Supreme Court’s
Rules Committee, Technology Committee, and BC Bankruptcy Practice
Committee. He has been involved with several subcommittees concerning
the “Supreme Court viewer”, the “file transfer system” and the “virtual Master”.
Of note, Scott was involved in a subcommittee whose work led to the
B.C. Supreme Court Registry tightening up its filing policies, ending what
some have called the practice of “smile and file”.
Equal to Scott’s love of the law is his love for his family. He has two adult
children: a daughter, Leata, and a son, Eric. Scott’s partner, Sabrina, a case
manager at the WCB, has two daughters, Aaliyah and Mercedes.
While managing a busy litigation practice, Scott also managed to be very
much involved in his children’s lives as they were growing up (thanks in no
small part to his superior organizational skills!). He was a soccer coach, a
scout leader, a school volunteer and more.
I recall that when Leata was a child, Scott would come to court with
colourful legal briefs, which Leata had decorated with flowers and fairies
the prior evening to give him good luck. Leata is now an experienced high
school teacher with three children of her own: five-year-old Jack and oneyear
old fraternal twins, David and Ellie. Scott is thrilled to be a grandfather
and loves spending time with his grandchildren—who, fortunately for him,
live close by. Scott’s son Eric lives in Nova Scotia and is enjoying a successful
career as an insurance underwriter. Aaliyah is in her second year at the
Justice Institute of British Columbia and Mercedes, who just graduated
from high school, is following in her sister’s footsteps at the Justice Institute.
Scott initially mourned the fact that he was unable to talk any of his
children into going to law school. However, he has come to realize and
appreciate that they all had the strength of character to pursue their own
dreams, and he is immensely proud of them all.
To Master Nielsen’s new colleagues: I am confident you will find it a
pleasure getting to know him. To practitioners who will be appearing before
him: I have no doubt you will find the experience effective, efficient and