Based out of Powell River, British Columbia, Villani & Company has the experience to take smart, decisive action in order to protect the best interests of our clients. By maintaining a relatively large group of lawyers, paralegals and assistants, we offer a depth and breadth of legal services that are somewhat unique in the region.
Once you’ve read through the personal biographies of our Powell River lawyers, we invite you to call us for a consultation. We look forward to assisting you with your legal matter.
Robert Douglas Villani was born and raised in Powell River, British Columbia and is married to Cindy Villani. They have two children, Cole and Rylan.
Rob received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Victoria in 1986 and graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law, in 1989. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1990. Rob articled and practised with the Vancouver law firm of Tupper, Jonsson and Yeadon before returning to Powell River in 1993. He has practised continuously in Powell River since that time, first as an associate, then in partnership and now as the principal of Villani & Company.
Rob practises mainly in the areas of real estate, company and commercial law, and wills and estates. He regularly writes "The Law Corner" feature for the Powell River Peak newspaper, answering questions regarding real estate matters and has presented at many seminars on such topics as real estate, company law and estate planning.
The community of Powell River is important to Rob. He has, for many years, been involved with multiple local groups, societies and charities, such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, United Way, Powell River Kings Society, Powell River Community Futures Foundation and coaching minor baseball, basketball and soccer. He never hesitates to volunteer or assist community organizations.
Rob's leisure time includes family, fishing, travelling, spending weekends with the kids at the local hockey arena and puttering around his cabin on Powell Lake.
Stacey McCausland was born and raised in Powell River, British Columbia. After graduating from Max Cameron High School, she participated in the launch of Malaspina College's university transfer program and completed the first year curriculum. She then left to explore Europe and live in the United States. Following her return to British Columbia, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) at the University of British Columbia in 1996. She went to law school at the University of Victoria and graduated in 2000.
After articling in Kelowna, British Columbia, Stacey returned to Powell River to practise law, following her call to the British Columbia Bar in 2001. She has been with Villani & Company as an associate counsel since 2009. She practises in all areas of litigation, including ICBC matters, personal injury, estate litigation and criminal defence. Stacey also has a large family law practice and is a qualified family law mediator. She is an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.
After joining Villani & Company, Stacey has been a regular contributor to “The Law Corner,” answering questions relating to ICBC claims, criminal matters and family law.
Stacey’s favourite place to be is Powell River. She stays active in the community and has previously sat on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and United Way. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping and boating being her two favourite activities
Katya was born and raised in Powell River, British Columbia. In 1996, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Katya then worked as an immigration officer in Vancouver before moving to San Antonio, Texas for graduate school in 1998.
Katya graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) at San Marcos, Texas in 2000 with a Master of Social Work degree. Katya was inducted into the Alpha Chi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for social work. Katya worked as a medical social worker at an inpatient acute rehabilitation center in San Antonio for four years before attending law school.
Katya graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 2007 with a Juris Doctor degree. During law school, she was admitted to the Phi Delta Phi, Tarlton Inn (honour society) and was awarded a Pro Bono Achievement Award in recognition of her work with low income and homeless clients through the St. Mary’s Civil Justice Clinic. Katya also spent a semester in Innsbruck, Austria where she studied international law and world legal issues.
Katya passed the Texas bar in 2007 and went on to practise in the area of personal injury law with the firm Woodfill, Salazar & Pressler in San Antonio for two years.
In the fall of 2009, Katya married her former high school sweetheart and returned to Powell River where she began the process of preparing for the British Columbia bar. In 2010, Katya joined the firm of Giroday & Fleming (now Fleming & Associates). She was subsequently called to the British Columbia Bar in 2011 and then continued with a general law practice, which included civil litigation, wills and estates, family law and real estate.
In June 2012, Katya joined Villani & Company where she is a regular contributor to the Powell River Peak’s “Law Corner,” addressing questions related to estate planning, she has presented to community groups on estate planning and real estate topics and she is focussing her law practice within the areas of wills and estate planning, probate, corporate, commercial, family law and real estate.
Katya enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her young sons, travelling, photography, and gardening.
Mark moved to Powell River, British Columbia, when he was 14 years old. He graduated from Brooks Secondary in 2006 and played hockey for the Powell River Kings for the next three years, captaining the team in his final year. He was awarded the “BCHL/Vancouver Canuck Alumni Scholarship,” given to the British Columbia Hockey League player with the most distinguished academic, athletic and community service record.
Mark continued his competitive hockey career for one year while studying at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where he was the “Wentworth Leopards Academic Player of the Year.” Mark returned to Canada to complete his undergraduate degree, studying in Waterloo, Ontario, and in Calgary, Alberta. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary in 2013, graduating “with distinction.”
Mark returned to the west coast in 2013 to begin law school at the University of Victoria. While in law school, he volunteered as a disability advocate and as a seniors advocate at two local non-profit organizations. For his last school term Mark studied in Singapore on a university exchange. After completing his law degree, Mark briefly explored Southeast Asia before returning home to Powell River.
In June of 2016, Mark joined Villani & Company as an articled student. He has a general practice with a focus on civil litigation.
After many years away, Mark is happy to be home in the natural beauty, tightknit community and laidback lifestyle of Powell River. He looks forward to tennis, salmon fishing and boating on Powell Lake in the summer, as well as playing and watching hockey through the winter.