Craig Neville | Watson Goepel Vancouver Lawyers

Craig Neville* Associate Counsel


“As a mediator, collaborative professional, arbitrator, and parenting coordinator, my passion is to help families find tailor made solutions to their unique challenges.”

Craig is Associate Counsel in the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel LLP, and is widely recognized in British Columbia as a leading certified Parenting Coordinator and Family Law Mediator. For over 35 years, Craig has advocated for families in all areas of family law. He has a deep appreciation for the long term co-parenting responsibilities and challenges faced by separating families. His focus on alternate dispute resolution arises from years of experience with the court system, and his resulting view that litigation ought to be an option of last resort for families striving to solve their challenges.

Craig’s passions extend beyond the practice of law. He is an avid traveler, having visited more than 50 countries around the world. He runs, bikes, skis, ballroom dances, and has a keen interest in photography.



LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 1979


British Columbia, 1986
Saskatchewan, 1981


Work Highlights

  • Craig’s practice focuses exclusively in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including Mediation, Arbitration and Parenting Coordination.
  • Craig has extensive prior courtroom experience, having  appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia

Publications and Presentations

Craig has authored numerous papers and is a frequent presenter at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC).

  • Author, “Ten Years Later: Parenting Coordination in British Columbia,The Advocate, Vol 76 Part 4, July 2018.
  • Author/Presenter, “Distance Arbitration: Some Thoughts on Options for Making it Work,” with Micah Goldberg, BCAMI Arbitration Training, 2017.
  • Contributing Author, “Contributor to Settling Family Law Cases: Practical Techniques for Advocates and neutrals,” Thomson Reuters, 2017.
  • Author/Presenter, “Parenting Coordination, the Program and the Role of Counsel,” with Leanne Harder, CLEBC, 2017.
  • Author, “Med/Arb in the Parenting Coordination Process,” Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1 Spring/Summer 2016.
  • Author/Presenter, “Overcoming the Obstacles: Parenting and Parenting Coordination under the new Family Law Rules,” with Gagan Mann, CLEBC, 2014.
  • Author/Presenter, “Kids Stuff under the FLA,” BC Parenting News, Winter issue, 2014.
  • Author/Presenter, “ADR under the FLA: New Tools and the Power to Use Them,” CBABC, Courtenay B.C., April 2014.
  • Author/Presenter, “Parenting Coordination, Making it Work for your Clients Under the New Family Law Act,” CLEBC, 2013.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Founding Member and former President, BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society
  • Member, Family Mediation Canada
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Board Member, ADRBC
  • A former longstanding volunteer with Big Brothers and Sisters, he has served on local, national and international boards and was a founder of the Big Friends Giving Society


  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Family Law)
  • Recognized in Martindale-Hubbell®  since 2002
  • Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, 2011
  • Gold and Silver Jubilee Medals from Her Majesty the Queen, for Volunteer Service
  • Recipient, Cecil Walker Award, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
  • Recipient, The Chairman’s Commendation. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

* Practicing through a Professional Law Corporation.

Recent news from Craig Neville

Divorce or Separation during the Pandemic

10 July 2020

Divorce law during a pandemic: the rise of arbitration

“Clients come to lawyers with problems they want solved, not issues they want litigated.” – Honourable Roy McMurtry I came across this old quote a few days ago and was prompted to consider how we resolve matrimonial disputes generally, and more specifically how we are resolving them in these pandemic times. Uncertainty creates anxiety, and…

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24 June 2019

How Parenting Coordination Works in BC: Video

Family law lawyer Craig Neville, a leading BC alternative dispute resolution professional, will be presenting on “Parenting Coordination Practice: 10 Years In” at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC) 12th Biennial Family Law Conference on July 4th.  In this recent video interview, Craig discusses how retaining a Parenting Coordinator helps high-conflict…

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1 May 2019

Parenting Coordination after divorce – It’s kids’ stuff!

Separation and divorce are hard enough on you kids. You shouldn’t also have to worry about how your parents are going to cooperate on ongoing parenting issues after everything else is settled. There is a good chance one or both of them aren’t feeling very happy about the outcome of the divorce. Worst case scenario,…

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19 October 2018

Family Law: Save Time and Money with Arbitration

You don’t have to be embroiled in a family law dispute to know that trying to resolve family law matters through the court system is expensive and will likely take months or even years to complete. In the past, the traditional court process was seen as the only legal option available to families who couldn’t…

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