Mark E. Hillenbrand
Born and raised on the family farm in North-Central Saskatchewan Mark always imagined life in a tractor not an office. Motivated by a desire to learn Mark found himself in law school and later articled with a top Saskatchewan firm in 1997 before joining Parlee McLaws LLP in 2002 as an associate and then, in 2007, as a partner before leaving to form Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP in the fall of 2008. Mark has gained exposure to all areas of law in his years of practice but his entrepreneurial spirit and keen interest in business has led him to focus his practice primarily on real estate and business matters since relocating to Edmonton. Mark brings a practical no nonsense approach to the law and a “farm boy” work ethic that has served him well. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate including purchase and sale, development, condominium development, financing and leasing. In addition Mark has acted for numerous clients in the purchase and sale of businesses. His clients include real estate developers and large and small business owners. Mark also strongly believes in giving back to his community and profession and has acted in a volunteer capacity on several occasions including lecturing on various real estate and leasing topics.
David J. Kozicki
David was born in Edmonton and grew up in nearby Sherwood Park. David began working in his father’s sheet metal shop at a young age where he gained his entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic. David was the first in his family to attend university and received his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta. After being called to the bar in 2005 he practiced with the law firm of Parlee McLaws LLP until 2008 when Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP was formed. David’s practice is comprised of matters in commercial and residential real estate, general corporate matters, purchase and sale of businesses, and wills and estates. He approaches each of his client’s matters with a practical approach seeking the best results for his clients in a timely and economical fashion. David’s clients includes everything from real estate investors and developers to small business owners and national restaurant brands. David is active in his profession and community and has provided lectures and seminars on various real estate topics. In the community he volunteers to coach his childrens’ sports team and is a director on the Sherwood Park Minor Hockey board.
Simran was proudly born and raised in Saskatchewan and moved to Edmonton in 2008. Simran completed law school in 2013 and joined our firm in 2017 after articling with MLT Aikins LLP. She is an active board member of The Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association – Women’s Law Forum (North Division) which is a platform to support the advancement of women in the legal professional. She is committed to giving back to the community and working side-by-side with clients to assist with their legal needs.
With a background and education in Business and Law, Simran has a well-rounded approach in our corporate/commercial group assisting clients in various matters. She has experience with the sale of shares and assets, oil and gas related matters, residential and commercial real estate, wills & estates, construction contracts and other general agreements. In her spare time, Simran enjoys spending time with her loving husband and young family.
Travis joined Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP in April 2020. Travis focuses his practice in Business Solutions, Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law and Estate Law. Travis prides himself in assisting clients in solving their individual legal needs in a timely and effective manner. Travis also has extensive experience in real estate transaction and Estate matters.
Travis graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 2011, he followed that up by articling at a mid-sized law firm in Edmonton and practiced at two other Edmonton firms focusing on general corporate and corporate litigation matters.
Prior to law school, Travis received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. During his undergrad Travis competed for MSU’s Track and Field and Cross-Country teams and was named an Academic All-American in his final season.
When he is not working Travis enjoys running and spending time with his wife Ashley and their two young daughters.
If you are looking for assistance with a real estate transaction, incorporating or buying/selling a business, reviewing or preparing an employment contract or policy handbook, or finally getting that Will done (stop procrastinating already!) and want a lawyer that is always smiling and friendly, then Rob is your man. Rob has acted for construction companies, condominium corporations, lenders, buyers and sellers in all manner of transactions as well as employers and employees alike. Rob takes pride in going above and beyond for his clients and continually seeks out strategies to ensure he is achieving the best possible results on his files. When not at his desk Rob enjoys a variety of sports, including Muay Thai Kickboxing and Jujitsu, and he loves to travel. He is also the proud poppa to two dogs, a daschund mix and a sheepadoodle.
Rebecca is the proud mother of two amazing kids, a world travelling daughter currently studying Education at the U of A and a musically inclined teenage son that fills their house with the sounds of drums, guitar and piano on a daily basis. She is married to the uber cool Brian, a senior manager at a local HVAC company who proudly clings to his German heritage, and she loves him almost as much as Bentley, her Golden Retriever. As our office manager Rebecca is responsible to keep the firm working smoothly and all of us in line. She is also responsible for firm billings and collections so you may have the pleasure of receiving a gentle reminder about our incredibly reasonable legal fees from time to time!
Our Amazing Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Originally from Nova Scotia, Alecia made her way to Alberta in 2018 completing her diploma in Paralegal Studies in 2021 and joining Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP as a corporate paralegal shortly thereafter. At work, Alecia can be found completing Annual Returns and tracking the comings and goings of Minute Books while at home Alecia loves to spend her time caring for her young daughter and her three snakes. To date, we have politely declined Alecia’s offer of “bring your snakes to work day”.
Hailing from parts unknown (or perhaps Grande Prairie) Audra is a relatively new import to Edmonton and is enjoying all the City has to offer. She loves watching sports of all descriptions and levels and can often be found cheering on a team containing a participant who is a child of her family or friends. She also enjoys trying new restaurants and has been impressed with the diversity Edmonton offers. If she is not at her desk helping our clients buy or sell a home you will likely find her with her pooch Chewy at the dog park.
Breige was born and raised in County Donegal in the Northwest corner of Ireland and moved to Canada in 2012 when recruiters were able to convince her husband Paul to relocate to sunny Alberta. Breige has four amazing children who are active in a wide range of activities. When not helping our clients with commercial transactions Breige loves camping and the great outdoors and enjoys backyard BBQ’s with friends.
Carolee loves her job as mom to her three teenage kids; a son who competes in first tech robotics and plays guitar, and twin daughters who enjoy volleyball and swimming. She is married to Luke, a high school teacher who thankfully can help all three kids with their homework and is up to date with all the high school trends! Carolee and Luke love kayaking and spending time with family. Carolee is our wills and estates paralegal and primarily assists Travis McKay and Simran Grewal-Sandhu, associate lawyers at our firm. Please contact her to provide you with information for your estate planning needs.
If you need to track down your Articles of Incorporation or have simply forgotten what class of shares you hold, call Devin. As a member of our corporate team Devin manages the comings and goings of our client’s Minute Books, ensure all annual returns are completed and filed as required and provides assistance with a variety of corporate matters from dividend resolutions to the incorporation of companies. Devin has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta (where she received first class standing!) and holds CORES II certification. When she is not buried behind a desk of Minute Books Devin can be found hiking and enjoying the great outdoors or perhaps sipping on an iced coffee.
Jamie spends her days helping our clients with the acquisition, sale and development of commercial real estate. Prior to joining our firm Jamie was a stay-at-home mom to her two amazing kids. Jamie and her husband Rodney both originate from small farming communities in Saskatchewan and love to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors (and have been known to show their Rider pride with the odd watermelon helmet). The whole family, along with their black lab, Nike, live for camping, quadding, hunting and fishing.
Lee-Anne brings over 20 years of experience to Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP and is charged with the important responsibility of keeping the coffee fresh and the boardroom clean and sanitized. As a second degree black belt in Aikido Lee-Anne is also in charge of our complaints department. Lee-Anne is married with two adult children and currently has one grandchild (with an order placed for more). She loves NFL football (an avid Cleveland Browns fan), her dog Murphy and her cat Ellon and does her best to soak up the sun at their Arizona condominium whenever possible.
Sue loves Edmonton’s river valley, Mill Creek Ravine Park and live music on a Saturday afternoons. She is a big supporter of Edmonton’s cultural scene and is our firm’s “go to” person when looking for a recommendation as to which Fringe shows are worth seeing. When not working hard on behalf of our clients who are buying, selling or building homes Sue can be found on a beach in Negril, Jamaica where she continues to scout locations for our “Caribbean Office”.
Susan is an avid gardener, loves being outdoors and the summer. She also loves her pets including her King Charles Cavalier; Oliver. Follow Oliver, the Instagram sensation and soon to be certified therapy dog, @oliver_doggo. Susan is a multi-talented paralegal that assists our clients with real estate transactions, bankruptcy and civil litigation matters.
Tammy was born and raised on a family farm and brings that work ethic to the office each and every day. Outside of work Tammy is kept busy keeping her husband, two teenagers and her dog, Reggie, all in order. Tammy loves watching her kids in their athletic pursuits and can often be found on a ball field in the summer. She also loves spending time at the cabin and enjoys fishing throughout the year and quadding and snowmobiling as the weather may dictate.
Val was born and raised in Edmonton and is currently loving small town life in Calmar where she lives with her husband Eric and their two large dogs (a Great Pyrenees and a Maremma, so ya, they are big!). Val has her CORES III certification and has been helping clients with all manner of corporate tasks for over 25 years. The only thing Val loves more than incorporations, amalgamations, corporate roll-overs and share exchanges are (in this order): (l) her two grandchildren; and (2) the Oilers and Edmonton football, so you will find her at a game whenever she gets the chance!