Rory obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1982. He articled with a law firm in Langley and was an associate of that firm for four years. Rory then set up his own law office in Abbotsford as a sole practitioner in 1987. In 1997 Karen Hedman became an associate lawyer with Rory’s law firm and eventually they formed the law firm of Krentz & Hedman.
In 35 years as a practicing lawyer, Rory has provided services in various areas of law, including family law, civil and commercial litigation, wills and estates, criminal law and Federal Crown prosecutions. At present, Rory focuses his practice primarily in the area of family law but maintains knowledge in related areas in order to fully serve his clients. He has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and has travelled to various regions across the province to attend court hearings.
Rory is diligent in advocating for his clients and is prepared to litigate the most complex cases when needed. Recently the following comments regarding Rory’s advocacy was commented upon by a judge following a Supreme Court trial:
“I note, however, that the respondent’s conduct definitely complicated the litigation for claimant’s counsel. The claimant was fortunate to have counsel very experienced in family litigation. He had to pursue several avenues of inquiry, sometimes at the same time during the trial, in order to enlist sufficient reliable evidence on which the court could make findings of fact; and the respondent’s evasive conduct on cross-examination required the exercise of considerable advocacy skill, patience and perseverance.” R.T. v J.T. 2018 BCSC 1028
Rory is active in the B.C. Bar Association as he was an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association Provincial Council for six years and sat on their Planning and Priority Committee. Rory previously served as a member of the Abbotsford Family Court Committee for three years and the Fraser Valley Regional Justice Committee for two years. Rory has also volunteered his time with a Pro Bono legal advice clinic.
Rory grew up in the Fraser Valley and is married with two adult children, with all members of his immediate family being graduates of the University of British Columbia. Rory is an avid soccer enthusiast and during his travels takes the opportunity to attend the matches of major European clubs. Rory and his family are Whitecaps season ticket holders.
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 and its predecessor since 1999.
Karen continues to live in Abbotsford. The majority of Karen’s personal time is devoted to her twin son and daughter and their various activities. Karen also enjoys travelling, hockey 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.
Pamela earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Birmingham and her Master of Laws from the University of Law in Birmingham, England. She completed her articles with Krentz & Hedman and joined the firm as an Associate upon her call to the Bar in 2018.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Pamela worked in many areas as a paralegal both in England and Canada. During Law School she also volunteered with the Pro Bono Group for the University as a Free Legal Advice Group Coordinator.
Pamela is passionate about helping others navigate through a difficult time and for that reason has chosen to practice family law. In her short time as a lawyer, Pamela has already represented clients in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Court of Appeal. Pamela has also successfully helped clients through mediation, case conferences and cohabitation and separation agreements.
Pamela is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and is enrolled in the Fraser Valley Family Law, Women Lawyers Forum and Young Lawyers sections. Pamela is also a member of the Abbotsford District Bar Association. Outside of the office Pamela enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and discovering new hikes.
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 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. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, dancing, and travelling.
Chris is a member of the British Columbia Paralegal Association and has over 20 years legal experience, 15 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 counsel, compiling and organizing documents and meeting with clients. Chris is dedicated to providing professional and knowledgeable service to our clients.
Tracy is a Legal Assistant who joined Krentz and Hedman in 2012.
Tracy is the proud mom of two active boys. In her spare time she enjoys watching her children play sports, camping and spending time with her family and friends.