Our Team

Our team of Vancouver Family Lawyers, Mediators and support staff are committed to providing person-centred legal services to Family Law clients in Vancouver, the North Shore and the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.

Nicole Garton, B.A., LL.B, LL.M., C.Med, FEA, TEP

Lawyer and Mediator
Nicole Garton, B.A., LL.B, LL.M., C.Med, FEA, TEP, is a lawyer, mediator and parenting coordinator of family law, wills and estates matters. In her dispute resolution practice, Nicole focuses on the restructuring of families resulting from separation and divorce and wills and estate challenges.

Lorena Morales

Administrative Assistant
Lorena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She enjoys working at Heritage Law and takes pride in providing administrative services to all staff. Outside of her work, Lorena volunteers at multiple organizations in the community.

Valeriya Kalyuzhna

Valeriya completed the paralegal degree program at Capilano University and has experience in family law, estate planning and litigation. Before joining us in 2022, she completed her practicum at a boutique law firm in Burnaby, focusing on family law.

Elizabeth Markus

Director of Knowledge Management and Paralegal
Since launching her legal career in 1987, Elizabeth has worked in diverse practice areas, including business and corporate, wills and estates, civil litigation and family law. On obtaining her Legal Assistant Diploma in Toronto, Ontario, she first worked for a small intellectual property law firm in London, Ontario, while completing her degree at the University of Western Ontario.

Stacie Ayukawa, MTI

Family Law Paralegal
Stacie completed the paralegal diploma program at Capilano University, where she was awarded several scholarships and distinctions for her academic achievements. Stacie was also selected by the university to give the student address speech during convocation for the department of business and professional studies.
Marilyn Lairef

Marilyn Laires

Marilyn graduated from the paralegal program in 1986 and has worked in almost every area of law since that time with an emphasis on litigation, family law and corporate/commercial law.