Shannon Aldinger

Shannon Aldinger graduated from McGill University (BA Hon) in 1992 and obtained her law degree from Dalhousie Law in 1995. She was called to the bar in 1996 and spent the first 15 years of her career working at a boutique litigation firm in downtown Vancouver which specialized in family law and sexual abuse claims.

Shannon is the senior section editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, a Clicklaw Wikibook which is a key on-line family law resource that is written in plain language and provides practical, in-depth coverage of family law and divorce law in British Columbia. She extensively updated and is responsible for the chapter: “Resolving Problems in Court”; see

Shannon is also a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia, including an active member of its family law committee. She also co-chaired the Trial Lawyers’ Association of BC’s seminar following the introduction of the new Family Law Act in 2013: Get Your Act Together: The New Family Law Act and other Recent Developments in Family Law.

Shannon has also contributed to the Canadian Bar Association’s Dial-A-Law program and Women Lawyers’ Mentoring Program and provided pro bono legal advice to the Comox Valley Transition Society and through Battered Women’s Support Services.
Since moving from Vancouver to the Comox Valley in 2012:
– Shannon has made presentations about family law through the Comox Valley Transition Society, the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre, the Comox Valley Military Family Resource Centre, Legal Services Society of BC and the Trial Lawyers’ Association of BC.

– Shannon has been actively involved in public education, including serving as Treasurer of her local school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC), serving as a representative of the District PAC, and as a founding member of Comox Valley Families for Public Education.

Will Cole-Hamilton

Will Cole-Hamilton is a legal assistant and legal researcher at Aldinger Law (and is also Shannon’s husband). Will graduated from Queen’s University in 1991 (BA Hon) and from Dalhousie Law School in 1995. He also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.

Will is also a dedicated volunteer in our community. He serves as a director of the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, runs a chess club at Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary and has previously coached soccer through the CVUSC.