Lloyd Duhaime

"As a lawyer, I am before and above all things for the supremacy of law."
• Justice Coleridge, R v Bishop of London (1889)



A founding partner of Duhaime Law, Lloyd Duhaime has over 26 years of experience in administrative law, parliamentary law, criminal and extradition law, international law, tort/personal injury and defamation law, real estate law, family law, wills and estates and elder law, employment law, company and commercial law, intellectual property law and general civil litigation.

Lloyd Duhaime

His practice presently focuses on company and commercial law, family law and elder law.

Lloyd appears frequently before the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

He obtained his LL.B. from the Université de Montreal Law School in 1984. As a law student, Lloyd won the provincial moot court championship judged by the Chief Justice of Québec and two of his colleagues of the Québec Court of Appeal. Lloyd was called to the Barreau du Quebec in 1985, the Law Society of British Columbia in 1998 and the Law Society of Alberta in 2000.

Lloyd articled in Baie-Comeau (Northern Québec) gaining considerable courtroom experience in both criminal and civil cases before the Cour supérieure and the Cour du Québec.

In 1985, he became Legislative Counsel to the Minister of National Defence and later, to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate affairs (now Industry Canada). In 1987, he was appointed General Counsel and Director of Policy of the Standards Council of Canada, a Federal Crown corporation, a position he held until 1995 save and except a one-year secondment as Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada. During his tenure with the Standards Council of Canada, he represented Canada in several international standards conferences. While with the Minister of Justice, he managed the successful passage of seven bills through the House of Commons in a single Session of Parliament.

Lloyd has been counsel in numerous trials and appeals before all levels of courts in the Province of Québec and the Province of British Columbia, as well as before the Court of Appeal of Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Lloyd is a past-columnist and author of thousands of legal information and legal affairs articles in publications such as the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, the Hill Times, the Lawyers Weekly, the Journal le Barreau and the Canadian Bar Association's flagship magazine, the National, as well as the author of seven books including Hear! Hear! 100 Years of Debate in the House of Commons.

In 2006-2007, he was a law professor at Camosun College School of Business teaching business law, family law and wills and estates.

He was named Canadian Lawyer of the Week by the Lawyers Weekly in 2009.

From 1995 to 1998, he was the manager of the British Columbia office of enforcement of inter-jurisdictional support orders, Ministry of Justice, Victoria, British Columbia.

From 2005 to 2011, Lloyd was researcher, writer and lecturer for the People’s Law School and the Association des juristes d'expression francaise de la Colombie-britannique in several province-wide public speaking tours on the subjects of consumer law, family law, elder law and intellectual property.

A lifelong insatiable passion for law and continuing education is behind his common law, civil law and international law legal information, legal history, legal humour and crime prevention/personal safety website, Duhaime.org | Learn Law™ and Duhaime's Legal Citations & Abbreviations.

Duhaime.org | Learn Law is the oldest (1992) and most visited private legal information website in the world with 3-million visitors in 2011, 4.5-million page views, and visitors from almost every country in the world. Lloyd's impressive collection of legal writings on the website have been used as resource material by hundreds of colleges and universities and law schools (see partial list below).

Lloyd has been a guest lecturer for numerous legal education and professional development seminars and conferences of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, as well as the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and the University of Milan Faculty of Law, and a past contributor to the Law Society of British Columbia annual practice materials (family law). He has also had his own radio show at CILS-FM in Victoria, as well as participating (2010-2011), as host/commentator for episodes of estate law documentaries broadcast on the Discovery Channel in Canada and the USA.

He is presently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Victoria Bar Association, and a past member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. In addition to his website, his community activities include membership and past chair of the board, Fairfield United Church, as well as a youth softball and basketball coach.

After wife and family, he loves playing ice hockey (goaltender), Bikram hot yoga and spending time in any law library.

• Sample list of post-secondary educational websites that link to Duhaime's Law Dictionary or duhaime.org: American College (Bryn Mawr, PA), Boise State University, California Western School of Law, Cambridge University, Centenary College of Louisiana, Chabot College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Columbia University, Cornell Law School, Dallas Baptist University, DeVry University, Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University, Duke University Law School, Emory University School of Law, Fordham University, Frostburg State University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University, Great Basin College, Harvard University, Los Angeles College, Lubbock Christian University, Mercyhurst College (Ireland), Missouri State University, Morehead State University (Kentucky), Palomar College, Paul Quinn College, Pennsylvania State University, Rio Hondo College, Rockingham Community College, Rutgers University, Samford University, San Joaquin Delta College, Southwestern College, Springfield College, St. Cloud State University, St. Joseph's College, St. Louis University, Stanford University, Temple University, Towson University, Trinity University, Union Institute and University (Cincinnati, Ohio), University of California, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Miami School of Law, University of New Mexico, University of North Texas, University of Northern Iowa, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, University of Toledo, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, University of Tulsa, University of Wisconsin, William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wright State University and Xavier University [List is not comprehensive. Extracted in March of 2012].