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Lolita Rudovica

Associate Counsel

Profile

Lolita Rudovica was called to the bar in 2011 after graduating from UBC law in 2010. Born in a Baltic State right before the fall of the Soviet Union to a Ukrainian mother and a Latvian father; Lolita began her life in political uncertainty. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1993, her family moved to South Africa where they spent the next 8 years. While in South Africa, Lolita’s family found themselves faced with another turbulent political climate prompting their move to the country they now call home – Canada. Lolita speaks fluent Latvian, Russian, and English as well as conversational Afrikaans and Spanish.

Lolita’s background and experience of being raised in difficult and turbulent political climates enables her to be understanding of other’s cultures and viewpoints. Lolita prides herself on being able to communicate with her clients from all walks of life in a manner that is easily understood, without resorting to legalese.

Lolita’s interest in social justice led her to begin her legal career as a criminal defence lawyer, which gave her vast exposure to litigation practice. After years of being a defence lawyer, she expanded her areas of practice to family law and personal injury. Lolita is not afraid to take matters to court if necessary; however, she believes the best way to achieve justice is an out of court, negotiated resolution that all parties contribute to.

One of Lolita’s recent accomplishments went all the way to the Court of Appeal, and dealt with a constitutional challenge of a mandatory minimum sentence and the sentencing of an Aboriginal man – R. v. J.L.M., 2017 BCCA 258. Lolita began representing J.L.M. after he had already been convicted, when she was just starting out as a lawyer. Lolita worked diligently through many legal arguments and changes in the law, to finally achieve a just sentence for J.L.M that considered his Indigenous heritage.

Areas of practice

  • Family law including MCFD
  • Personal injury
  • Criminal law and Motor Vehicle Act

Bar Admissions

British Columbia, 2011

Education

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada J.D. – 2010

She studied psychology and Spanish at the University of Regina, and continued her studies at the University of British Columbia until she was accepted into the Faculty of Law in 2007.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association

Languages

  • Russian
  • Latvian
  • Conversational Afrikaans
  • Conversational Spanish

Judgments

R. v. J.L.M., 2017 BCCA 258

In the decision, the panel struck down as unconstitutional a minimum sentence under the Criminal Code and engaged in a sophisticated analysis of the intergenerational effects on aboriginal accused as a result of colonialism and residential schools.Read More…

Judgments

R. v. S, 2015 BCCA 430

The appellant appeals his dangerous driving conviction. The central issue at trial was whether the Crown proved beyond a reasonable doubt the appellant was driving the vehicle at the relevant time. Read More…

Judgments

W v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles),September 11, 2015, BCSC

Lolita argued the Judicial Review of a decision of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles in BC Supreme Court. The Judge found that the decision of the Adjudicator to uphold the driving prohibition was unreasonable and incorrect.. Read More…

Testimonials

“As a counsellor & advocate I often refer clients for legal representation. I recently referred a client to Lolita Rudovica. My client and I were both very pleased at the high level of service that she received from Lolita. She is very professional and makes certain that her client understands why she is taking a certain approach. She is great at being firm yet pleasant when she is getting her point across. She really went over and above what the average lawyer does when dealing with a frightened individual that is trying to deal with her children being in an unsafe chaotic environment. Lolita knows her stuff, and she puts up with no nonsense. I really appreciated having her on our side. I will definitely continue to refer clients to Lolita and I look forward to working with her in the future.”

Testimonials

“Simply put she knows what she is doing and I am happy how she resolved my matter pretty quickly. I would most definitely recommend her to my friends and family.”

Testimonials

“I really enjoyed working with Lolita. She guided me through the process every step of the way and she was always available when I needed her. Her knowledge of the process ultimately got me the result I wanted and she always kept open communication with me so I knew what to expect. I would definitely recommend her to friends and family.”

Testimonials

“I was very happy with Lolita Rudovica how she dealt with my DUI case. My case got resolved quickly without any painfull process and the work she did was exceptional. I have recommended this lawyer to my friends.”

Testimonials

“Lolita was very knowledgeable and honest. She doesn’t beat around the bush, she tells you where you stand and what you can expect.She show no judgment towards you .I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you.”
– Rebecca Skidmore

Testimonials

“I have dealt with lawyers and law firms almost every day over a 20 year period. It is rare that I come across an outstanding
attorney who is not only doing the job as best as possible but also has a real sense of how to help their clients by going the extra mile and working as though it was their own case or
life that is affected.

In my judgment you are one of these rare and outstanding attorney’s.”
– Torsten Geller