Richard N. Toews

Squamish Lawyer - Richard ToewsRichard N. (Rick) Toews was called to the bar in 1985 and practiced in downtown Vancouver for 8 years before moving his residence from Kitsilano to Squamish with his wife in 1993 to raise their three children "out of the city". He commuted daily to Vancouver for the next 5 years and then established a satellite office in Squamish, expecting to develop a one to two day per week practice in Squamish. The Squamish practice grew quickly, and in 2001, after practicing primarily in downtown Vancouver for 16 years, Mr. Toews changed the focus of his practice to Squamish and made the Vancouver office his satellite office. The Squamish practice has flourished since then, with most new clients being from the Sea to Sky Corridor. The Vancouver office, located on West Georgia Street, is now the satellite office for the firm and continues to be used to service new and existing clients in the Lower Mainland. 

For the first ten years of his career, Mr. Toews practiced primarily as a civil litigator, with a broad practice area, including family law, personal injury, corporate/commercial, construction and real estate litigation, and wrongful dismissal claims.  Since the mid 1990’s Mr. Toews has also carried on a solicitor’s practice, including corporate/commercial work, conveyancing, and wills and estates.

Mr. Toews has represented personal and corporate clients in Provincial Court, Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.  Mr. Toews' clients benefit from his broad range of skills and experience, as he is able to draw on solutions and remedies from a number of areas of law.

A strong family man, Mr. Toews has no regrets whatsoever regarding moving his residence from Vancouver to Squamish and later changing the focus of his practice from Vancouver to the Sea to Sky Corridor. The Sea to Sky Corridor is a great place to raise a family, with incredible outdoor recreational opportunities at its doorstep. Mr. Toews looks forward to continuing to provide legal services for existing residents and businesses in the Corridor, as well as new residents and businesses who are discovering that Squamish is in fact an ideal place to live, work and play, and raise children.

Mr. Toews is an avid golfer. He and his family also enjoy many of the other outdoor activities that the Sea to Sky Corridor has to offer, including hiking, mountain biking and skiing.

Kristen Courtney

Squamish Lawyer - Kristen Courtney

Kristen practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, including family law, personal injury, estates litigation, contract disputes, and other matters.

In her extensive family law practice, she endeavours to help clients obtain fair results in the most cost-effective way possible, whether by negotiating and drafting separation agreements, or by advocating for clients in court when matters such as child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support or property division cannot otherwise be settled fairly. Kristen has represented clients at the B.C. Supreme Court, B.C. Provincial Court, Ontario Provincial Court, Ontario Superior Court, and in various tribunals and mediations. She has also been published in legal journals, national newspapers and law blogs on environmental and natural resource law developments.

Kristen grew up in rural Ontario before moving to Ottawa to complete a Bachelor of Humanities at Carleton University, where she received the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She then obtained her law degree at the University of Toronto, where she was awarded the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Fellowship and the Fogler Rubinoff Prize in Municipal and Planning Law. Kristen was called to the bar in Ontario in 2009 and in British Columbia in 2011.

Kristen then worked for the Parliament of Canada, providing legal analysis to M.P.s and senators, particularly in the areas of natural resources, environmental assessment, and aboriginal law; and then for Saxe Law Office as a contract lawyer while she pursued her other part-time career as a downhill mountain bike racer, racing in national and international events across North America.

After many years visiting and living part-time in the Sea to Sky, Kristen was very excited to finally call Squamish home again when she joined Toews & Co. in 2015. When not at the office, she can usually be found in the bike park, trail riding in Squamish, or backcountry skiing. Kristen also volunteers her time as an executive member of SORCA, and is a member of the Alpine Club of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and West Coast LEAF.

Jolene O'Neill

Squamish Lawyer - Jolene O'Neill

Jolene practices primarily in the area of wills and estates, corporate/commercial and real estate.

Jolene's wills and estates practice is focused on all matters relating to estate planning and estate administration.  Jolene provides guidance to her clients to achieve their unique planning objectives and avoid common planning pitfalls.  She also helps executors fulfill their various duties and responsibilities when administering an estate for a deceased family member or friend.

In her corporate/commercial practice, Jolene tailors her advice to suit a company’s stage of development, whether emerging, early stage or established.  She advises on routine corporate and commercial matters such as business formation and maintenance, shareholder agreements, reorganizations, share asset and purchase agreements, non-disclosure and non-circumvention agreements, internet and website agreements, privacy regulations, customer contracts, service and acquisition agreements, letters of intent, liability waivers and memorandums of understandings.  She also has extensive experience advising new media projects.

Jolene has served her clients for over 10 years across the lower mainland of Vancouver at leading national law firms and as in-house corporate counsel.

Jolene grew up in cottage country in Ontario before completing a Honours BA in Business and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.  She then obtained her law degree at the University of British Columbia.  Jolene was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2000.

When not at the office, Jolene can usually be found chasing her children up or down a mountain on various forms of gear.  Jolene is a certified yoga teacher and has spent extensive time in India and Bali developing her practice.  She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association.