Tyleen Underwood was born and raised in the West Kootenays and continues to live in the area, surrounded by a large extended family. Tyleen graduated from J. Lloyd Crowe Secondary School in Trail in 1994.
Tyleen obtained her Bachelor of Arts Criminology Degree from Simon Fraser University in 1998 and went onto to complete her Law Degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Tyleen was called to the bar in a local ceremony in Nelson in June 2002.
Tyleen has been practicing law in Nelson focusing on criminal law and family law litigation in both provincial and Supreme Court since 2002. Tyleen has been an associate as well as a partner in a law firm before forming Tyleen Underwood Law Office in 2007.
Tyleen enjoys expanding her knowledge and areas of expertise and takes several legal courses throughout each year. In Family Law, Tyleen has expanded her area of practice to include being qualified and approved to interview children and prepare Hear the Child reports.
Tyleen enjoys the opportunity to take a break from her regular practice and get the chance to meet with children directly. Tyleen is often surprised and amazed with what children internalize and how they perceive the actions and words of their parents during the breakdown of their family. Tyleen believes that it is important for all parents to be aware of the impact on the children and preparing Hear the Child Reports is one way to provide that insight.
In addition, Tyleen has become an accredited Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator with the Law Society of BC since 2013.
Tyleen is still struggling to manage taking holidays with a busy law practice but she is intent on mastering this problem. Tyleen does take one regular annual holiday when she attends the National Criminal Law Program each July. This Program changes locations all over Canada and gives Tyleen a much needed excuse to travel and escape the office while Ajla holds down the fort.
Tyleen surrounds herself with pets at home and spends relaxing time in the bush walking her pack of small dogs. Outside of home, Tyleen enjoys playing Settlers of Catan, Carcassone and other board games with friends. Tyleen will also utilize long weekends as an excuse to go fishing on Kootenay Lake and has been known to enter a fishing derby from time to time.