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

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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