Donna Yamazaki | Watson Goepel Vancouver Lawyers

Donna Yamazaki Associate Counsel


“I am committed to assisting clients efficiently and ethically through what can be a difficult and emotional time in their lives.”

Donna is Associate Counsel in the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel LLP. Her practice focuses on the areas of divorce, property division, child and spousal support, parenting issues and adoption law. Donna negotiates and drafts cohabitation, marriage, separation, and asset protection agreements, and helps clients navigate the legal process, providing legal solutions tailored to meet their individual needs.

Donna takes a collaborative and non-adversarial approach to her practice when possible, emphasizing negotiation and mediation to mitigate conflict and reduce costs. When court intervention proves necessary, Donna has extensive litigation experience and will skillfully advocate on her clients’ behalf.

A sports enthusiast, Donna enjoys running, golf, soccer, and ball hockey, along with coaching her young children.



LLB, University of Alberta
B.A., University of British Columbia


British Columbia, 2004

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of BC
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association Women Lawyers Forum Subsection
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association Family Law Subsection
  • Past Member, Women Lawyers Forum Executive, Member-at-Large
  • Volunteer, Burnaby Girls Soccer Club

Recent news from Donna Yamazaki

Important Family Law Deadlines, Appeals, & Lessons

9 April 2020

Important Family Law deadlines to know: Parts 1 and 2

Due to COVID-19, limitation periods for commencing a family law action, proceeding, claim or appeal in B.C. are temporarily suspended, however, it is still important to be aware of key dates after which your rights to make a claim may expire, including for spousal support and property claims, CPP, and in some cases child support.…

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Family Law Deadlines

19 February 2020

You snooze, you lose: Family law deadlines you should know

Limitations dates, or deadlines for taking legal action, are one of the most important issues at the outset of any legal claim. In many cases, including those in family law, parties must bring claims before they “expire”, or else that claim will be extinguished. This article explores key family law situations where there is a…

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Father's mother's and baby's hand after adoption

14 September 2018

Family and step-parent adoptions: What you need to know

Adoption is one of the most rewarding experiences a family can have. While many people have a picture of adoption as one or two new parents adopting a baby from a family they have never met, the reality is that many adoptions occur between existing family members or within blended families. For example, parents who…

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