Our firm has lawyers with over 30 years of practice experience handling both litigation and solicitor’s matters for Bands, Tribes and First Nation organizations, and their members all across British Columbia.
We understand the political and legislative environments that create the challenges that our clients face. Our clients know they can count on us to provide them with a comprehensive overview of their legal positions, sound strategy that promotes their long term goals, and creative options backed with representation by experienced litigators who are familiar with both court and alternative dispute resolution options.
In addition to advising our clients on litigation strategy and representing our clients in court and during settlement negotiations we also offer expertise regarding:
- Band/First Nation administration, bylaws, elections, and band governance
- Economic and natural resource development for Band/First Nations and Band/First Nation corporations
- Employment law matters
- General counsel work for a unique band and municipal not-for-profit corporations
- New reserve acquisitions/additions to reserves, specific claims, and treaty work
- Forestry, road and railway rights of way litigation
- Foreshore and water rights
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…