Cristen L. Gleeson

Cristen L. Gleeson, Lawyer & Managing Partner at Baker Newby LLP.


Cristen Gleeson was born in Thunder Bay Ontario where she was exposed to the great outdoors of the Northern Ontario wilderness. In early adulthood Ms. Gleeson began fighting forest fires and in that context she became one of the first female leaders of a helicopter attack crew. In addition, Ms. Gleeson was one of the most successful basketball players of her graduating year, leading her to play for the Queen’s University Varsity Women’s Basketball Team for several years during her undergraduate degree.

Ms. Gleeson lived and worked in developing countries in her early twenties on two global outreach projects living in remote villages in Jamaica and Guatemala. Ms. Gleeson was a participant in the Canada World Youth international exchange program. Ms. Gleeson graduated with a degree in English Literature from Queen’s University in 1998 and obtained her Law Degree from Queen’s University in 2001. She articled with BC Hydro in Vancouver and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2002.

In the early stages of her career Ms. Gleeson had the honor of working with Court of Appeal Judge Gail Dickson and the late Judge Russell MacKay who were then practicing lawyers in the areas of plaintiff civil sexual assault, personal injury and criminal defence. Ms. Gleeson appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on a triple appeal involving civil sexual assault and abuses to children in foster care. She also worked and volunteered in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, working with women facing issues of drug addiction and assault and served on the Board of the Pivot Legal Society.

Ms. Gleeson’s spouse was born and raised on a tree farm in Chilliwack BC. She moved to Chilliwack BC from Vancouver with her husband and joined the firm of Baker Newby LLP in 2006. She became a Partner in January of 2010 and Managing Partner in 2019. Ms. Gleeson’s practice focuses on family law and personal injury. Ms. Gleeson is on the cutting edge of the new developments in family law and she works collaboratively with the leading mediators and parenting coordinators in Vancouver to achieve prompt resolution for her clients. Ms. Gleeson is known for being extremely tough and passionate about her work. Ms. Gleeson has a commanding presence in the courtroom and does not shy away from difficult cases. Clients often comment that Ms. Gleeson is a real person who has your back. Ms. Gleeson’s practice is centered in the Fraser Valley but she receives direct referral work from former and current clients as far away as Dawson Creek and Vancouver. Ms. Gleeson has a winning track record in court and relishes obtaining real, prompt results for clients facing unfair, difficult and complex personal injury and family disputes. Ms. Gleeson is a new age lawyer who brings practical, tangible results in a timely fashion so you can move on with your life with a fair resolution. Ms. Gleeson frequently appears in the BC Supreme Court and has appeared before the BC Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Gleeson is the founder and current co-chair of the CBA Fraser Valley Family Law Section. Ms. Gleeson is currently the supervising lawyer for the Chilliwack Community Services Legal Advocate Program. Ms. Gleeson is a Director of the Board of Governors of the University of the Fraser Valley.

Ms. Gleeson is extremely proud to be the mother of son Levi and daughter Josie and this passion carries over into her law practice. In addition, Ms. Gleeson and her husband own a tree farm located in beautiful Rosedale BC in the heart of the Fraser River delta. In her spare time Ms. Gleeson enjoys hockey and soccer with her kids and is known for solo hiking the Westcoast Trail and backpacking Alaska and the Yukon. Ms. Gleeson loves to snowboard, run and bike with her children and husband. Ms. Gleeson welcomes inquiries in all areas of family law and personal injury.

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I had a very tough family law case with complex issues. None of the lawyers I met with knew how to handle my case. I had been treated extremely unfairly by my former spouse and his new partner and tough action was needed to rectify the situation and get me a fair resolution. Cristen quickly took action on the case, getting me a winning judgment in the BC Supreme Court followed by an incredible settlement of all issues and a divorce. I would highly recommend Cristen to any family law client. Cristen truly cared about me and helped guide me through the confusing and devastating legal process.

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