Although originally from Saskatchewan, Karen largely grew up in Maple Ridge. She went on to attend Simon Fraser University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1991. Karen then moved to Vancouver to attend law school at the University of British Columbia and obtained her Bachelor of Laws in 1994.
Wishing to return to a semi-rural community, Karen moved to Abbotsford in 1994 and obtained articles at a local law firm. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995. Karen has enjoyed practicing family law in the Fraser Valley since that time. Karen joined Rory Krentz as an associate in 1997 and later formed a partnership with him in 2005.
As a litigator, Karen has experience in all levels of court in British Columbia. Her passion and knowledge in the area of child welfare law has led to Karen being called upon as a guest lecturer and sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley where she taught for approximately 20 years.
Karen continues to live in Abbotsford. The majority of Karen’s personal time is devoted to spending time with family. Karen also enjoys travelling and collecting Disney memorabilia.
Kerin obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of the Fraser Valley and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia. She completed her articles with Krentz & Hedman and joined the firm as an Associate upon her call to the Bar in 2012.
Kerin has appeared in both the Provincial Court of British Columbia and Supreme Court of British Columbia levels to conduct hearings, trials, case conferences and settlement conferences in the area of family law. Kerin also has extensive experience in the settlement of family law matters outside of court, including representing clients in alternative dispute resolution and drafting Marriage, Cohabitation and Separation Agreements. In addition to practicing family law, Kerin provides clients with services in the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements.
Kerin is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and is enrolled in the Fraser Valley Family Law, Women Lawyers Forum, and Young Lawyers sections. She has previously volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society. Kerin is fluent in the Punjabi language.
Kerin was born and raised in Abbotsford and is glad to be working in her hometown. In her spare time, Kerin enjoys reading, movies, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
Born and raised in Romania, Alex Florescu moved to Canada in 1994. He lived in Toronto for 15 years, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 2010 from York University. In 2010 he moved to the West Coast in search of better weather, and found it. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria in 2013.
Alex has been working as a family lawyer in the Lower Mainland area since he was called to the bar in June 2014. He has experience in Provincial and Supreme Court encompassing all areas of family law. He has also been part of the Abbotsford/Chilliwack Family Law Duty Counsel roster since 2019.
After Articling with the firm Panchmatia & Crimp and working as an associate with that firm until 2017, Alex practiced as a sole practitioner for 5 years. He joined Krentz & Hedman in 2023 as an associate with a focus on family issues and representing the Director, MCFD in child protection cases.
Alex has lived in Abbotsford since becoming a lawyer. Outside of work he enjoys the small city atmosphere and the wide variety of outdoor activities available to him here. He also drives to Vancouver often to indulge his primary passion, dancing, and takes part in dancing events including salsa, swing, blues and fusion.
Chris is a member of the British Columbia Paralegal Association and has over 30 years legal experience, over 20 of which are in the area of family law. Chris has been working with Krentz & Hedman since 2008.
Chris provides litigation support, including drafting pleadings and correspondence, communicating with clients and counsel, compiling and organizing documents and meeting with clients to prepare Affidavits and Financial Statements. In addition to her Paralegal duties, Chris is also the Office Manager and Bookkeeper for the firm and is a Commissioner for taking Affidavits for British Columbia. Chris is dedicated to providing professional and knowledgeable service to our clients.
Jenn has worked with Karen Hedman since 2003 and joined Krentz and Hedman in 2005. Jenn obtained her paralegal certificate from Vancouver Community College in 2009 and is working towards obtaining her paralegal diploma. Jenn assists Ms. Hedman with all family law and CFCSA matters, including the drafting of Supreme and Provincial Court pleadings, family law agreements, correspondence and meeting with clients.
Jenn grew up in Mission, B.C. and continues to reside there with her husband and children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as reading, travelling and camping.
Brikenda is a Legal Assistant who has worked alongside Alex Florescu since 2022 and joined Krentz and Hedman in 2023. Brikenda obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Certificate in Legal Studies in 2023. Brikenda assists in family law matters and CFCSA matters, including drafting Supreme and Provincial Court pleadings and correspondence.
Brikenda enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, and trying new thrill-seeking activities, such as bungee jumping, river rafting and more.