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Our Lawyers

Meet Our Powell River Lawyers

Based in Powell River, British Columbia, Villani & Company has the experience to recommend 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 unique in the region.

 

Once you have read through the bios 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 D. Villani

Robert D. Villani

Rob's goal is to give you confidence that you have received the best advice and service. Rob has successfully solved clients' legal problems for three decades.

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 earned 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 mainly assists clients in the areas of real estate, company and commercial law, and wills and estates. He 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, and spending weekends puttering around his cabin on Powell Lake.

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Stacey Fletcher

Stacey Fletcher

Stacey Fletcher's goal is to bring peace of mind to clients during periods of uncertainty.

 

Stacey has been practicing law in Powell River since 2001; she has been with Villani & Company since 2009. She is committed to representing her clients with knowledge, candour and skill. Stacey practices in all areas of litigation, including ICBC matters, personal injury, estate litigation, criminal defence and family law, and has been advocating for her clients for over two decades in both Provincial and Supreme Courts. She is an experienced and skilled litigator and will aggressively pursue her clients' goals if negotiations cannot successfully resolve matters.

She listens to her clients, assesses their needs, and provides them with reasonable and candid advice. She is a trained negotiator who will promote her clients' interests to resolve matters by agreement whenever possible.

 

In 2008 Stacey decided that while she enjoyed being in the courtroom, her clients did not always feel the same, especially in the area of family law. So in 2008, she returned to school and became a Certified Family Law Mediator. Stacey found that mediation was a process that she believed in, and she has helped numerous clients resolve their files through this process.

 

Stacey travelled extensively after graduation and discovered that Powell River is her very favourite place to be. She lives with her husband and children. Most of the time, if the weather even remotely cooperates, they can be found at their cabin on Powell Lake, out on the ocean or somewhere in the forest camping. She stays active in the community and is a past Director of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Kiwanis Society. Currently, she sits on the Powell River Sustainability Committee. She is an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

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Katya Buck

Katya Buck's goal is to listen to her clients, understand their legal issues, and partner with them in creative problem-solving.

Katya Buck was born and raised in Powell River, British Columbia. In 1996, she earned 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. Katya is active in the community. She has served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and currently is serving on the board of Powell River Community Futures, PRISMA and the Rotary Club of Powell River. In addition, she has coached T-Ball. 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.

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Brandon Henderson

Brandon’s goal is to provide efficient and effective legal services while recognizing the importance of being a strong advocate for his clients.

 

Brandon was born and raised in Powell River, where he gained a close connection to the sporting community, playing local minor hockey and then for the Powell River Regals. Brandon attended VIU (with a Criminology major) and then completed his Law Degree at Thompson Rivers University in 2018.  During law school, Brandon focused his attention on access to justice and volunteered at a local transition house, discussing the realities of domestic violence with high school students. His other area of interest were artificial intelligence and legal technology.

 

Brandon returned to Powell River in 2018 to complete his articles and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2019. During his years of practicing law, Brandon has gained a wealth of litigation experience, representing clients at both the Provincial and Supreme Courts, as well at the various British Columbia Tribunals. Since moving back home, Brandon has been an active member of the community and has recently joined the Rotary Club of Powell River and the board of the Powell River Community Foundation . He is also a participating member of the Canadian Bar Association and Trial Lawyers Association.

 

While Brandon’s primary practice areas are in Family Law, Estate Disputes, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation, he is happy to assist clients in all areas of law.

 

When Brandon is not practicing law, he can be found at the hockey rink, on the golf course, or in the backcountry with his fiancée and Benny, his dog.

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Warren Peters

Warren’s goal is to compassionately, competently, and creatively help clients understand and navigate the legal system to solve their issues, no matter what they are facing.

 

Warren originally joined Villani & Company as a summer student and then articling student before being called to the bar in 2024. He has long had an attachment to the Sunshine Coast and is enjoying putting down roots in the Powell River community.

Warren received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, where he graduated with Joint Honours in History and Political Science in 2019. He then completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of New Brunswick in 2023. Since joining the firm, he practises mainly criminal defence and civil litigation, but works in all areas of the law with which Villani & Company is involved. 

 

Outside of his legal work, Warren also volunteers with organizations such as qathet Community Justice, Rotary International, and the Royal Canadian Legion, Warren is also proud to serve his community as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces as an Army Reservist. In his spare time he can be found swimming and hiking, and also loves to participate in the arts.  

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