• Admitted to the Bar, 1984, Manitoba;  1992, Ontario


  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Alberta (B.A., 1979; LL.B., 1982)
  • Collaborative Law Training from International Academy of Collaborative Professionals programs  in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Chicago, Vancouver and Washington (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Comprehensive Mediation Internship Pilot Project, Government of Manitoba (1999).
  • Comprehensive Family and Divorce Mediation – Daniel Hamoline (1997)
  • Required Course for Arbitration Certification (2006)


  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2019
  • Recognized as the "Best Family Lawyer in Winnipeg" for 2019, 2017 and 2015 by "Best Lawyers in Canada", the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
  • Canadian Bar Association Cecilia I. Johnstone Outstanding Service Award (2015) for professional excellence, a role model and an agent of change, presented at WLF Leadership Conference November 20, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession (2013), one of two Manitoba recipients.
  • Manitoba Bar Association Isabel Ross (MacLean) Hunt Award (2013) for contribution as a role model for women lawyers.
  • University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award (2012) for advancing the cause of equality of LGBTTQ persons.
  • Canadian Bar Association SOGIC Ally Award (2010) for advancing the cause of equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two spirited people.
  • Manitoba Bar Association and Pro Bono Public Interest Project Certificate of Recognition (2005) for representation on cases seeking employment benefits and marriage status for same sex couples.
  • Manitoba Bar Association Equality Award (2005) for work on promoting equality in the legal profession.
  • Governor General’s Silver Jubilee Medal (2002) for commitment to community for work with Youth Helping Youth project.


  • Taylor McCaffrey LLP Management Committee (2010-2016)
  • National Family Law Bi-Annual Conference, Co-presenter of "Family Law Lawyers as Agents of Reason" (2015)
  • Canadian Bar Association National Conference, Presenter on "Law Firm Management: Practising Inclusive Leadership"; Moderator of panel on "The Use of Gender Inclusive Language" (2013)
  • Career Women Interaction, FCI-CWI, Women in Leadership conference: Moderator of half day program; Presenter on topic of "Creating Change" (2013)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Women Lawyers Forum, Past Chair and Member of Executive Committee (2006-2013) and Co-chair of committee presenting the first Canadian Bar Association national conference for women lawyers (Toronto, 2011).
  • National Conference of Women Bar Associations (U.S.), Canadian representative on Board (2011-2013)
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, Canadian liaison (2009-2011)
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Women Lawyers’ Forum, Past Chair and Member of Executive Committee (2006-2014)
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Past Chair and Member of Executive Committee (2005-2007)
  • Collaborative Practice Manitoba, active member (2004-present) and Past Chair and member of Executive Committee (2005-2007)
  • Collaborative Practice Manitoba Conference Committee coordinating conferences on Powerful Non-Defensive Language (2008), Understanding High Conflict Personalities and Managing and Resolving Their Disputes (2008), The Disarming Power of Questions (2013), Parent/Child Alienation: Emerging Theory and Practice (2014), and The First Joint Meeting and the Role of Law (2015)
  • Pitblado Lecture Series Conference Committee member for "Remedies: From Dollars to Sense?" (2010), Panel Moderator on "Making the Business Case for Access" for Accessing Justice: Beyond Barriers Lecture Series (2014)
  • Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, Guest Lecturer for Clinical Family Law Course on topics of Communication and various other substantive topics (2011-present); Instructor of Clinical Family Law Course (2002-2010), Instructor of Advanced Family Law Course (2000-2002), Seminar leader for Advocacy Course (1994-2000)
  • LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund) volunteer including participating in review  of Intervention factums to the Supreme Court of Canada on occasion (1996-2014)
  • The Non-Defensive Voice Inc., Executive Committee (2010-present)
  • The Non-Defensive Voice International, an Oregon corporation with charitable status, Executive Committee (2010-present)
  • Mental Health Review Board, Panelist Chair (2004-2013)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, Children's Religious Exploration Committee member and Teacher (2014-present), Shared Ministry Team (2011-2013), Youth Advisor (1988-2010) including helping to develop program empowering youth to take social action for which they were awarded the Inaugural Manitoba Human Rights Youth Award (2003), Past President and Member of Board (2002-2006)
  • Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Chair of Legal and Marketing Committees (2000-2002)
  • Women’s Employment Counseling Service Inc. and Immigrant Women’s Employment Counseling Service Inc., Board (1996-1999)


  • Collaborative Practice Manitoba
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association

Articles by Patricia Lane, Q.C.

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