Jeff Huberman

Called to the Bar: August 1993 (British Columbia)​

  • 604.685.1229, Ext 3
  • jeff@hubermanlawgroup.com

Careful listener

Thoughtful and Practical

Trusted problem-solver

Jeff is an experienced lawyer, a careful listener, and a thoughtful, practical and trusted problem-solver for Indigenous peoples.

Although from the big city, Jeff is not just another “city lawyer”. An experienced litigator and negotiator, he has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, in the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and at the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as in front of various adjudicators. He has also worked for and within an Indigenous legal system guided by Sto:lo knowledge-holders and elders, and served as a front-line lawyer for five years in Williams Lake, BC, for the members of seven Indigenous communities.

Jeff works on rights, title, lands, environmental, cultural, governance, and economic development issues, litigating, negotiating, and developing and implementing strategy for Indigenous governments (elected and traditional/hereditary) and organizations.

He is sought out for his considered legal advice and his understanding of the deeper political, cultural and legal issues often involved. He advocates for and with his clients. He knows that respect, language and culture are powerful forces of connection and positive change.

He brings a lot to the table for his clients.

His law practice includes:

  • Complex litigation regarding the Crown’s consultation and accommodation obligations, Aboriginal rights, and damages for failures to comply with treaty and other promises
  • Designing strategies for Indigenous peoples to implement rights, title and sovereignty in tangible ways
  • Assistance to Indigenous governments (elected and traditional/hereditary)
  • Negotiations with government and industry related to resource development
  • Reserve lands issues (Additions to Reserve, housing leases and rentals, planning and environmental issues, employment law, policy reviews)
  • Filing, negotiation and resolution of Specific Claims
  • Boundary, jurisdictional and resource disputes between Indigenous peoples resulting from historical relationships and the Crown’s conduct in and outside the BC Treaty process

 

He is a sought after public speaker, bringing passion, experience, and insight to presentations. Representative speaking engagements include:

  • Presentations in client communities on Delgamuukw v. BC, Discrimination in Indian Act, Band By-Laws, Traditional Cultural Initiatives, and other topics
  • Aboriginal Law Issues in British Columbia and Canada – Presentation to Hebrew University Faculty of Law Seminar (Jerusalem, Israel – Winter 2003)
  • Youth Justice Conference, Pacific Legal Education Association, (Vancouver, November 23, 2004 – with Sto:lo Nation Justice Department)
  • Child, Family and Community Services Act, Continuing Legal Education Society (Vancouver, March 14 and 15, 2005 – with Sto:lo Nation Justice Department
  • People of the River Gathering (Chilliwack, April 29, 2005)
  • Ktunaxa Nation v BC at Indigenous Awareness Week, UBC Faculty of Law (UBC, January 30, 2018 – with Karenna Williams)
  • “Religious Freedom and the Duty to Consult” – Indigenous Law: Current Issues 2018, by Pacific Business and Law Institute (Vancouver, April 26, 2018 – with Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair)
  • “Implicit Bias in Ktunaxa Nation v. BC”, BC Prosecution Service presentation (Vancouver, August 8, 2019)
Karenna Williams

Called to the Bar: May 2012 (British Columbia)

  • 604.685.1229, Ext 5
  • karenna@hubermanlawgroup.com​

Effective

Passionate and Creative

Legal Advocate

Karenna is Turtle Clan Kanyenke:háka (Mohawk) from Six Nations, Grand River Territory, Ontario. She carries on her grandmother’s teaching that a career must be of service to Indigenous peoples. Karenna is primarily a litigator advocating for Indigenous peoples’ rights, title, cultures, languages and ways of life. Her litigation is strategic and bettered by the relationships she maintains with her clients. She remains grateful for their teachings.
She provides effective, passionate and creative advocacy for clients. Although she acts within the Canadian legal system as a lawyer, Karenna does her best to live under the Kayanerenkó:wa, or Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee. Her commitment to her own ways of being permeates her work. A proud Onkwehonwe (original, or Indigenous, person), she believes that Indigenous peoples and laws are powerful and deserve respect. She has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, at the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada as well as the Manitoba Queen’s Bench, the Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal.
Her law practice includes:
  • Complex litigation regarding the Crown’s consultation and accommodation obligations, Aboriginal rights, and damages for failures to comply with treaty and other promises
  • Assisting Indigenous peoples in implementing rights, title and sovereignty in tangible ways
  • Assistance to Indigenous governments (elected and traditional/hereditary)
  • Boundary, jurisdictional and resource disputes between Indigenous peoples resulting from historical relationships and the Crown’s conduct in and outside the BC Treaty process
A representative list of her speaking engagements includes:
  • Ktunaxa Nation v BC at Indigenous Awareness Week, UBC Faculty of Law (UBC, January 30, 2018 – with Jeff Huberman)
  • Profound Issues Touching our Deepest Concerns as a Nation: In Conversation with Tom Berger – Facilitator, CBA BC Aboriginal Law Section (June 14, 2019)
  • Lawyering for Reconciliation – CLEBC Cultural Competency for Lawyers (September 18, 2018)
  • Discussion on Mikisew Cree First Nation v Canada – CBA BC Aboriginal Law Section (December 12, 2018)
  • How the Courts Understand Parliament – Canadian Study of Parliament Group (September 27, 2019)
  • Haudenosaunee Legal Principles and Canadian Administrative Law, Lecture at UBC Faculty of Law (November 6, 2019)
  • Publications: Indigenous Law Bulletin. “Hadu:wis: Repatriation Efforts of the Haudenosaunee in the United States and Canada” March/April 2010 Volume 7 Issue 17
Additional details:
  • Recipient of the June Callwood Fellowship in Aboriginal Law (University of Toronto)
  • Former senior editor of the Indigenous Law Journal at University of Toronto
  • Former editor of the Australian Indigenous Law Review
  • Director of the Vancouver Summer Mentorship Society, a program aimed at bringing students who traditionally do not have exposure to the practice of law into UBC Law School to learn from legal professionals, law professors, and judges
  • Served as the External Relations representative for the Canadian Bar Association’s Aboriginal Lawyers Forum
  • Executive Member, CBA’s Aboriginal Lawyers Forum
  • Experience in repatriation of ceremonial materials (Assisted the return of sacred masks to Haudenosaunee Confederacy with the Standing Committee on Burials and Burial Regulations and Sour Springs Longhouse)
Krystle Tan

Called to the Bar: July 2010 (British Columbia)

  • 604.685.1229, Ext 4
  • krystle@hubermanlawgroup.com

Astute

Practical

Considered

Krystle advises Indigenous peoples, their governments, societies and companies on economic development matters, corporate and commercial transactions, corporate and First Nations governance, and a wide range of issues involving rights and title recognition and implementation. She also assists clients on consultation and accommodation matters, treaty negotiations, land transfers, drafting of laws, and resolution of Specific Claims. She provides astute, practical and considered legal solutions.

She has had the privilege of working with a broad range of clients, and has experience advising and executing various transactions including incorporations, share and asset purchases, shareholder agreements, leases, conveyances and mortgages, societies, and a wide range of contracts.

Early in her career, Krystle gained experience in both litigation and solicitor’s work, including family, child protection, corporate commercial, wills and estates, and real estate law. Her practice now focuses largely on solicitor’s work, and advising First Nation governments and their corporate entities.

Admin Team

Amy Abrahamson

Paralegal

  • 604.685.1229, Ext 7
  • amy@hubermanlawgroup.com

Originally from Saskatchewan, Amy is a proud member of the Cree Métis Nation. Her family tree dates back to the 1700s and the Red River Clan.

Amy joined the firm as a legal assistant in 2007 and now works as the firm’s main paralegal after completing her qualifications in 2011. She has worked on matters at various levels of courts in BC and Ontario including the Supreme Court of Canada and in Federal Court.

She is a skilled professional, a key member of the team, and passionate about our work and clients. She has a genuineness clients like, trust and respect.

Marjorie White

Accounts Manager

  • 604.685.1229, Ext 6
  • marjorie@hubermanlawgroup.com

Marjorie brings over 25 years of financial accounting experience to the firm. She directs and oversees all law firm financial aspects including accounting practices, client invoices, and purchasing. Our clients know that they can call Marjorie to ask questions or discuss any concerns regarding invoices or payments.

Her good humour is infectious, and clients quickly see the very fine person she is. She has completed undergraduate courses in Marketing and Financial Accounting and has several years of formal CMA academic training.

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