About Us

Robert (Bob) Vangenne

BCom Entrepreneurial Management
Juris Doctor
with specializations in:
Corporate Commercial Law and IT, IP, & E-commerce Law

As a serial entrepreneur, when I started practicing law I knew it was only a matter of time before I opened my own law firm.  I have taken a circuitous route to get to Victoria; growing up in the Peace country, studying at the University of Alberta, working in Taiwan for over 6 years, where I developed my Mandarin language skills, then setting up businesses in Calgary, Edmonton and finally Victoria. I bring my 20 years’ experience as a business owner in Taiwan and Canada to the firm and strong belief in the capability of local businesses to compete in this global market.

While studying law in Australia, I developed an intense interest in the rapidly evolving legal issues the Internet and our online interactions create for businesses and individuals. I have researched extensively in various areas of the field and have had papers published in legal journals discussing copyright in virtual worlds and ICANN’s new gTLD plans. Even more interesting to me is the real world application of theory to Internet relationships as well as the growth of gaming and game dynamics in an ever expanding range of aspects in our day to day life.

In business, I have experience working all along the production chain from manufacturing, wholesale, and retail both in Canada and in Asia. I have lead negotiations in Taiwan and China culminating in distribution agreements for foreign products in both jurisdictions As a former franchisee, I have a special interest in the legal aspects of the franchising relationship and franchises as a business growth strategy.

I am married with two children, who define much of my after work activities and thus far appreciate my unpaid position as a conduit from one activity to the next. I love living on Vancouver Island and thanks to a great Scouts troop have many opportunities to go out and enjoy the island with my children. Working in Victoria is a fabulous and convenient; lunch downtown, afternoons swimming at the lake or hiking with the kids, and an evening show or gallery viewing … or maybe just sitting back and watching the bald eagles soar.  Plus as a long time aromatherapist, my office smells great.

Adam B. Pawlovich

BA Education
Juris Doctor

Having worked across multiple industries across both the private and public sectors a career in law was a natural choice. With over 15 years’ experience in business I have learned you are only as successful as the team around you. I have worked on large project to one-on-one consulting engagements. After growing up in Vancouver, attending law school in Saskatoon, I have made Victoria my home.
While studying law at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria I became involved in each school’s local community clinics where I assisted clients in areas from refugee protection, family law and small claims matters. I developed an intense interest in finding unique and creative solutions to legal problems. I embrace an alternative dispute resolution model to problem solving and bring this mindset to my practice.
My experience in business is wide ranges and includes working on large information technology projects to operating my own tutoring business for ESL students. In business I have learned that my success has been closely tied to building long lasting relationships where I come with a hard-working practical attitude. It is my desire to build a thriving immigration practice for businesses and individuals to provide practical advice to all matters relating to immigration law.
In my spare time I have been actively involved in the Victoria community. I am a volunteer lawyer with Access Pro Bono that provides legal advice at the Our Place Community group. I am married and both my wife and I enjoy spending our time outdoors by bicycling on the Galloping Goose. To keep my brain active you will find me at the Northern Quarter the last Sunday of the month for British pub trivia.