Joyce Dassonville


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Joyce Dassonville



Joyce practices primarily Family Law, including parenting arrangements, grandparent custody cases, child and spousal support, and complex asset division. Joyce is also experienced in personal injury, workers’ compensation disputes, nurses’ disciplinary hearings and commercial litigation. She has represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia.

Joyce graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1984 and has practiced in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia. She joined the team at RDM in 2022.

While in Nova Scotia, Joyce worked as a Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal Commissioner for four years. This experience as an administrative law adjudicator has given Joyce a unique perspective on how decision-makers consider claims.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Joyce was a Registered Nurse. Her nursing experience includes high-risk, fast-moving areas such as the labour and delivery room, intensive care nursery and operating room. This has served her well during her legal career.

Joyce has an autistic daughter and has fiercely advocated both for her own daughter and autistic members of numerous other families, successfully achieving increased services and/or additional funding.

Joyce is currently working on creating a Community Farm for Adults with Autism and has even written a picture cookbook specifically for people with autism and other disabilities.


Joyce’s hourly rate is currently $425, while some of her work is billed through contingency fee agreements.

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