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.
Jennifer joined Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP in 2017 after practicing at another small firm in North Edmonton. Jennifer is a native Edmontonian, attending the University of Alberta for both her Bachelor’s degree and Law degree. Jennifer is an active member of her community has been involved with Girl Guides of Canada for over 25 years. Jennifer was a youth member of Girl Guides of Canada, which instilled in her the values of doing her best, helping others, and giving back to the community. Jennifer is focused on providing professional and timely service to her clients and approaches each file with a view to achieve what is in the best interests of her clients. Jennifer maintains a general practice with several special areas of interest. On the litigation side of things, Jennifer mainly practices in the areas of employment law, builder’s liens/construction law, real estate law, and handles other contractual matters. She has represented clients in both Provincial Court (Small Claims) and in Court of Queen’s Bench, and has also represented clients at the City of Edmonton’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. On the solicitor side of things, Jennifer is passionate about wills and estates. She helps clients prepare wills, powers of attorney, and personal directives and will travel to clients that are in hospital or have mobility challenges. She also prepares applications to obtain Grants of Probate and Administration and provides sound advice to Executors and helps them navigate the estate administration process.
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.
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!
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.
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 Jennifer Locke and Simran Grewal-Sandhu, associate lawyers at our firm. Please contact her to provide you with information for your estate planning needs.
Carrie is a single mom to one phenomenal special needs daughter. Carrie splits her spare time between gardening and climbing into the basement ceiling to rescue her daughter’s stranded kittens. As a Corporate/Commercial Paralegal, Carrie is responsible for commercial transactions, including purchases, sales and financings as well as general corporate matters and filings with Corporate Registry and Personal Property Registry. Carrie can be found on the West Side behind a majestic wall of artwork or napping in a desk hammock.
As our amazing receptionist Jamie’s smiling face and bubbly personality will be the first thing to greet you when you enter the offices of Hillenbrand Kozicki LLP. 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.
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.