At RLR Lawyers we are committed to providing legal advice and services that support First Nation governments, entities, organizations, and individuals in achieving their goals and objectives.
In addition to advising our clients on litigation strategy and representing our clients in court and during settlement negotiations we offer expertise in the areas listed below. Click on the links below for details about the services we provide.
- First Nation Business and Economic Development
- First Nation Governance and Lands
- Indigenous Entrepreneurs
- Wills, Estates, and Capacity Planning
- Family Law and Matrimonial Property
- Employment Law
Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Law
Our lawyers recognize the distinction between “Aboriginal law” and “Indigenous law.” Aboriginal law generally refers to the body of law concerning a variety of issues related to Indigenous peoples in Canada, including constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights, interests, and treaty rights. Indigenous people also maintain their own inherent Indigenous laws. Indigenous law and Indigenous legal traditions are the laws and legal traditions of the First Peoples of this land, which are intimately connected to the land, customs, practices, and identity of each Indigenous Nation.
First Nations Law
Our team of lawyers provides legal advice and services to First Nation governments, entities, organizations and individuals on a variety of issues (“First Nation law”), including economic and business development, governance and policy development, land and natural resource management, regulation and administrative matters, wills and estate administration, employment law, and more.
We understand the complex legal and regulatory frameworks that affect Indigenous peoples and governments, as well as the unique issues that can arise when applying First Nation law, Indigenous law, or Aboriginal law. Our clients can count on us to provide a comprehensive assessment of their legal issues and sound strategy during negotiations or in court if that becomes necessary.
James Rhodes has plenty of experience at RLR Lawyers having spent two summers working here as a summer student and subsequently articling with us after graduating from UVic Law. James has a pre-law background in business and he is focused on building a general practice acting for clients who have issues ranging from business-related matters,…
David Burns brings experience as corporate-commercial counsel for a large public agency on multi-billion dollar industrial projects to the team at RLR Lawyers. In addition, he has extensive experience advising clients in estate planning and drafting related documents as well as commercial leasing and real estate matters. David is adept at explaining the legal process…
Nadia Rowe is an experienced solicitor who brings a wealth of business law experience to our Courtenay office. Nadia started her career in Vancouver practicing in the areas of business and entertainment law at a leading national law firm. Next, she moved into an in-house counsel role in the education sector with one of BC’s…