Jodi has been practicing law since she received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1997. She began working in Brandon in 1998 with Paterson Ross, became a partner of the firm Paterson Patterson Wyman & Abel in 2006, and remains a partner at Patersons LLP. Jodi has argued cases for her clients in all levels of court, including the Manitoba Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’s Bench, Provincial Court, and administrative tribunals.
A strong believer in helping families work out their own separation and parenting issues, Jodi has been pursuing training in alternative dispute resolution to better assist her family law clients. She completed the necessary training to allow her to be one of the first lawyers in Brandon to offer Collaborative Family Law and was appointed to the Board of Collaborative Practice Manitoba in September 2011. In 2012 Jodi began mediation training with Mediation Services and received her Mediation Certificate in 2014. Jodi also gained adjudication and arbitration experience when she was appointed Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal in 2000 and 2003.
Jodi’s volunteer involvement in the Brandon community includes being Past President of the YWCA and in 2003 she received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her work with that organization.
In 2005 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. She is the Past President and former Treasurer of the Western Manitoba Bar Association and facilitates the Family Subsection meetings. Jodi joined the Women's Resource Centre board in 2010 and became Board Chair in 2012. In 2015 she campaigned as a candidate in the federal election in the Brandon-Souris riding.
During breaks from work, Jodi enjoys traveling back to her hometown of Thunder Bay and visiting family in B.C., Nova Scotia, and Ottawa. Her Facebook page is mostly filled with pictures of her husband Don and their dogs.
MORE ABOUT JODI
Q: What is your guilty pleasure movie?
A: Purple Rain.
Q: If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
A: Definitely cats.
Q: If a herd of small dogs ran towards you, how many do you think you could fight off before they overpowered you?
A: I would love to be overpowered by a herd of small dogs.
Q: If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?
A: My husband answered “murder”, which was a bit of a surprise to me.
Q: How long do you think you could survive in a zombie apocalypse?
A: Having no skills helpful that situation, I would be one of the first people to die.