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Patricia Routien – Legal Assistant


23After Patricia graduated from the Criminal Justice Program at Victoria’s Camosun College she decided to channel her interest in law into a career as a legal assistant.

She graduated from the Legal Secretary Program at Sprott Shaw and initially worked in a three-month temporary position for the B.C. Crown Counsel Office before being hired by our firm in 1996.  While training, Patricia believed that she would translate her criminal justice education into a job in a Victoria firm that focused on criminal law – however, to her surprise, she found that she very much enjoyed the field of Family Law and the challenge of helping clients through what is often an emotional, stressful and confusing time.

Over her lengthy career at Brown Henderson Melbye, Patricia has helped manage the practices of senior partners (Jane Henderson, Q.C., E. Wynn Lewis and Kay Melbye) and has enjoyed working with many of our Associates over the years as well.  Patricia has often worked with more than one lawyer at a time and enjoys the challenge and variety that doing so brings.

As of June 1, 2015, Patricia embarked on a new adventure both personally and professionally as she and her family relocated from Victoria to picturesque Nelson in the heart of B.C.’s Kootenays.  By embracing all that technology has to offer, Patricia continues to work remotely for BHM, now as Legal Assistant to Suzanne Williams, and she is the friendly and knowledgeable point person that our new clients speak to when scheduling their initial appointments.