Emily Peiffer

Articling Student

  • epeiffer@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-405-3460
  • 816 - 1175 Douglas Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2E1

Although Emily grew up in Coast Salish territory, she went to law school in Tucson, Arizona, and practiced law there from 2014-2019.

She worked with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Mexican Indigenous people as well as in immigration law and plaintiffs’ personal injury law for Spanish-speaking clients.  Gaining experience in the courtroom including taking cases to trial when necessary, Emily worked to creatively advocate for her clients and reach solutions through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration whenever possible.

In addition to her law degree, Emily earned a Masters in Latin American Studies and before that a B.A. in Human Rights and Political Science from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Her dual J.D./M.A. program at the University of Arizona allowed her to delve into issues connecting Indigenous peoples’ law and policy with the challenges and beauty of the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

Moving home in 2018, Emily has spent the last three years working for Malahat Nation, advocating to improve social determinants of health, particularly in the context of COVID-19.  She is extremely grateful to the Malahat people for their friendship.

After so many years in the desert and before that on the East Coast, Emily is loving exploring Vancouver Island again – now walking with her family and geriatric dog.



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