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.
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.
Before joining HK Law, Shadi Rahbani graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law where he became the recipient of the Honourable Mr. Justice Alexander Andreksen Memorial Scholarship, an award given in recognition of his academic performance, humanitarian contributions, leadership, kindness, and ability to communicate well with others. In addition to his award-winning personality, Mr. Rahbani exemplifies the best of the legal industry with his high degree of professionalism, strong character, and ability to clearly explain the issues to his clients.
As a lifelong entrepreneur and the son of small business owners from small town Alberta, Shadi knows how to tailor his legal services to both local and rural clients who operate their own small businesses. As a former youth basketball coach and a committed mentor to young students, Shadi believes in giving back to his community. He currently volunteers his time sitting on the Board of Directors of the BGC (formerly the “Boys and Girls Club”) in his hometown of Wetaskiwin, and is always looking for opportunities to volunteer locally.
Shadi’s mission is to ensure that every client feels that they are being represented faithfully and have a comprehensive understanding of what decisions need to be made at any given time. What makes Shadi unique is the way he communicates; he believes that achieving good results in the legal system requires not only a sharp legal mind, but also an effective attitude. With Shadi, you will always know that your matter is in the hands of a meticulous and analytical lawyer, and just as importantly, that you are gaining the benefit of his passionate and robust approach to problem solving.
Shadi’s practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, residential real estate, commercial real estate, and estate planning. He can assist you with litigation matters of all kinds, including landlord/tenant disputes, business disputes, civil enforcement, and employment disputes. He is also available to handle the purchase or sale of your home and creating or updating your will. Feel free to contact him directly any time to introduce yourself and find out how he can help you.
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!
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Ashley is a born and raised Edmontonian (GO ELKS GO!) living in a house full of males including her husband, two young sons and even two male pooches named Duke and Benjamin! In her free time Ashely enjoys cold beer or G&T (Gin and Tonic not gambling and tight-rope walking, she likes those things too, but rarely has time for them) and has been known to partake in a slice of double peperoni pizza. Ashley will never turn down the opportunity to karaoke and excels at rocking out to any pop band from the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s.
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.
Hailie grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and continues to call the City home. Hailie joined Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP in the summer of 2022 and spends her days assisting on a variety of commercial and real estate matters and daydreaming about competing on “Dancing with the Stars” as Hailey started a competitive dancing career at the tender age of 3 and continued dancing right through the completion of high school. Thus far Hailie’s attempts at starting an “HK Law Dancing Club” have been met with resistance. Hailie also enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, and waking her two dogs.
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.
Jessie was born in Camrose and raised in Edmonton. From a young age Jessie was passionate about the law and always knew that if her dreams of winning the lotto didn’t pan out, that a career in law was her calling.
When not working Jessie loves spending time with her amazing family: her wonderful husband Kurt (the “meat man” who is an avid meat smoker), her spunky young daughter Brooklyn (who is always doing something creative, whether it be building her own ice cream stand or creating her own concerts to perform) and her very cuddly pom cross, Sadie. Jessie loves cooking for her family and you can often find her rocking out to 90’s hits while baking goodies in her spare time.
Joanne (Joey) Routledge
Originally from Kelowna, BC Joey relocated her family to Edmonton in 2013 after growing concerned that the mild winters were making her kids soft (kidding, she actually moved because she was worried her kids might become Canuck fans). Joey and her husband have two sons, one daughter, three cats and a dog. If Joey had her way the house would have even more pets but somebody (her husband) does not share Joey’s love of animals. Joey loves the water and is happiest when boating or watching her kids wake surf on beautiful lake Okanagan. To satisfy her creative side Joey also likes to dabble with painting and plays the piano. To date her requests to management for a “firm piano” have gone unfulfilled.
Lee-Anne brings over 22 years of experience to Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP and is the smiling face that greets you at the door most days. She helps with some accounting duties, and as a second degree blackbelt in Aikido, Lee-Anne is also in charge of our complaints department. Lee-Anne is married with two adult children and currently has two wonderful grandchildren. She loves NFL football (an avid Cleveland Browns fan), golf, her dog Murphy and her cat Ellon and Seamus.
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”.
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!