Patricia Routien – Legal Assistant
After Patricia graduated from the Criminal Justice Program at Victoria’s Camosun College she decided to direct her interest in law into a career as a legal assistant.
She graduated from the Legal Secretary Program at Sprott Shaw and, putting her Criminal Justice education to good use, she initially worked in a very interesting three-month temporary position for the B.C. Crown Counsel Office before being hired by BHM in 1996. At the beginning of her training, Patricia believed that she would translate her Criminal Justice interest and education into a career with a Victoria law firm that focused on Criminal Law – however, to her surprise, she found that she very much enjoyed the field of Family Law and to this day she continues to enjoy the challenge and rewards of helping clients through what is often an emotional, stressful and confusing time.
Patricia has been with Brown Henderson Melbye for most of her lengthy career and during that time she 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. Over the years she has also mentored many junior legal assistants and appreciates how well the BHM staff team works together to support each other.
As of June 1, 2015, Patricia embarked on a new adventure both personally and professionally as she, her wife and young daughter 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 S. Williams, and she is the friendly and knowledgeable point person that our new clients speak to when scheduling their initial appointments.