Deborah Lynn Zutter Deborah Lynn Zutter
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Professional Profile

An experienced retired lawyer, Deborah Lynn Zutter practiced law for 33 years until December 2012. Certified as a Comprehensive Family Law Mediator with Family Mediation Canada, Deborah now practices mediation in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

She is a conflict resolution trainer and frequent public speaker who has taught Mediation at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law.

Mediator + Facilitator

  • Mediating family, commercial, personal injury, insurance, estate, wrongful dismissal, work place, community, and child protection matters since 1991.
  • Collaboratively designed and directed during implementation BC’s Small Claims Mediation Practicum Project.
  • Conducted research during 2001 into preliminary conferences and their usefulness as a pre-mediation process.
  • Comprehensive Family Mediator with Family Mediation Canada.
  • Chartered Mediator with the ADR Institute of Canada.
  • Member of the BC Mediator Roster (Family).


  • Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, UBC 1993-1999. Developed and taught “Mediation” and the “moot alternative”.
  • Instructor and coach with BC’s Continuing Legal Education Society.
  • Guest mediation instructor with BC’s Professional Legal Training Course.
  • Instructor with Abundance Solutions, Inc.


  • BC Mediator Roster (Family)
  • Past-Chair, A.D.R. Task Force, Law Society of BC
  • Past-Chair, National A.D.R. Section, C.B.A.
  • Past-President, Mediation Development Association of BC
  • Past Co-Chair, Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver, September 2007-2008
  • Past Co-Chair, Mentoring Committee, Women Lawyers Forum, CBA


  • "Mentoring Effectively - The Art of Communication", Presenter at Women Lawyers Forum, CBA: Vancouver
  • Pre-Mediation Strategies, CBA: Kelowna
  • "Prepare, Prepare, Prepare ... And More", Family Justice Services: Abbottsford
  • Family Mediation Canada: Banff
  • World Mediation Forum: Buenos Aires
  • Connections 2002, Academic Forum: Charlottetown
  • Practical Approaches to Appropriate Dispute Resolution: Vancouver
  • Creating Success: A Symposium for Women in Law, C.B.A.: Vancouver
  • Bond University, Faculty of Law:Queensland
  • Academy of Family and Conciliation Courts: Vancouver
  • "Pre-Mediation Strategies", Okanagan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, CBA: Kelowna
  • "10 Hot Tips from 10 Hot Mentors", Women's Forum, CBA: Vancouver
  • "Thinking of Separating", Presenter, West Vancouver Public Library
  • BC Mediator Roster Teleconference, Special Guest: Vancouver
  • Alberta Arbitrators & Mediators Association Conference, Forum Leader: Calgary
  • Annual Northwest A.D.R. Conference: Seattle
  • "Authors Event", Justice Institute, New Westminster
  • University of Queensland, Faculty of Law, Brisbane
  • Academy of Family & Conciliation Courts, Ottawa
  • Continuing Legal Education - ADR Conference, Vancouver
  • Lawyers Assistance Program, Vancouver
  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Victoria
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, CBA, Victoria
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, CBA, Vancouver
  • Family Law Section, CBA, Vancouver


To purchase any of Deb's Books please contact us directly at or 604-219-2259

Divorce Mediation (Book)

Listen To Deb Being Interviewed About Mediation:


"Divorce Mediation is visual, clear and easy to follow. For clients going through such a pivotal time in their family morphing, this book is a gem."

Jo-Anne Kates Weiler, Family Therapist

Contact Deb

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