Richard A. Gibbons, LL.B., B.A.
With thirty-five years as a barrister and solicitor in Saskatchewan, Richard Gibbons brings a wealth of experience and an exceptional knowledge of the law to bear in dealing with your legal matter.
With successful actions before every level of Court in Canada, time mentoring younger lawyers, and major contributions to his community, with Richard your matter is in experienced, connected hands. Richard is the former chairman of the Saskatchewan Surface Rights Arbitration Board, former President of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, a former member of the Saskatchewan Real Estate Commission, former member of the Board of Directors of the Battlefords Co-operative Association Ltd., former Director of the Battlefords Credit Union, former board member for Battlefords Interval House, and former secretary of the Battlefords’ Bar Association. He is a past sessional lecturer for the University of Saskatchewan College of Commerce and a former lecturer for Northwest Regional College in Business Law. He is a current member of the Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch Executive and member of the Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan. His extensive experience as a general practitioner in the North Battleford area ensures you receive the best possible representation on your legal issues.
In his spare time, Richard is a member of the Shriners. He enjoys woodworking and has built two of his own wooden boats. He enjoys playing hockey and railway history. He is also a collector of local art and has an extensive private collection of Allen Sapp paintings. Richard writes letters for Amnesty International on behalf of unjustly imprisoned persons.
Richard has been a resident of North Battleford since 1976. Richard’s three children, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Victoria, all raised in the Battlefords, are off exploring the world.
Robert F.L. Feist, J.D., B.A.
Rob Feist brings a fresh persepctive, a managerial background, and modern techniques to your legal matter.
Rob maintains a general practice, with a focus on child and family services law, litigation, family law, wills and estates, and real estate. Rob has experience in the Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench, the Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court. Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2003 and his Juris Doctor degree in 2008, both from the University of Saskatchewan. He joined the firm in 2012, and remained with the firm after his call to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2013.
Before coming to the firm, Rob worked as a full time Canadian Forces cadet officer, managing people in the Royal Canadian Army Cadet program in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba as Area Cadet Officer. Rob received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the RCSU Prairie Commanding Officer’s Commendation for his dedicated work in the cadet program.
Rob lives in North Battleford, and grew up on a farm north of Wilkie, Saskatchewan, completing High School at McLurg and first year University at Northwest Regional College. Growing up in the west-central area, Rob is familiar with the lifestyle and culture of the local area. Rob sits on the board for Battlefords’ Habitat for Humanity and for My First Home Inc. He is a proud member of the Saskatoon Army Navy Air Force Veterans in Canada and the North Battleford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. In his spare time, Rob enjoys long-distance running, both along North Battleford’s many trails, and at the Nationswest Field House.
Benedict P.O. Feist, B.A., J.D., M.P.A.
Benedict grew up on a farm outside of Wilkie, Saskatchewan and visited the Battlefords often while growing up. Benedict was called to the bar in 2016 after joining the firm as an articling student in 2015.
Benedict holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in sociology from the University of Saskatchewan, a Juris Doctor (law degree) from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Public Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada. Benedict’s academic interests include studying Indigenous law and legal issues, access to justice, human rights, and public policy. He received the Gerda Bloemraad Prize in Immigration & Refugee Law in his final year of study at the U of S College of Law. Benedict has also spent time volunteering with the free student-run legal clinic in Saskatoon called CLASSIC.
Benedict is the Vice President of the Battlefords Immigration Resource Centre board of directors, and also sits on the board of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, a prisoners’ rights and public safety organization. Benedict worked with the Canadian Forces as an officer with the cadet program for over a decade until 2015. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his work with the cadet program in Saskatoon where he assisted in opening up a new inner-city cadet unit.
Benedict enjoys running and canoeing in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
As a senior legal assistant, Heather acts as office manager, real estate transactions manager, and bookkeeper for the
firm. With twelve years of experience in the legal world, and previous experience in the banking system, Heather brings highly specialized expertise in real estate, estate probate, and office management to our firm.
Heather is known throughout the Battlefords’ legal, financial, and banking community, for her friendliness, her exceptional memory, and her meticulous attention to detail. Her capabilites help to drive our office in delivering the high quality of service that we provide.
Heather lives in North Battleford with her husband Keith and they have two adult children, Blake and Rachel. Heather is a runner in her spare time, and spends a good share of her time at the Nationswest Field House.
As the office Estate and Child and Family Services administrator and general legal assistant, Brandi provides high quality support to your legal matter.
Brandi was born in North Battleford on what was, according to her, a very cold February day. She grew up in Prongue, Saskatchewan with her mother, father, brother and two sisters. She graduated from John Paul II Collegiate and moved to North Battleford, where she has lived for the past 10 years. She has a daughter named Tenley.
Brandi is an outdoor person, and enjoys any outdoor activity – hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, and quadding, to name a few. She also just likes spending time with family and friends.
Brandi has developed robust support skills in family law, corporate law, wills and estates, social services and litigation.
Stacey Francis is our office’s front receptionist. She is also a general legal administrator and a legal assistant in our office. Stacey is the first person you will see
when you visit our office. She manages the day-to-day tasks of receiving clients in our reception area, as well as dealing with appointments, deadlines, and other administrative tasks and events as they arise. Stacey comes to our office well-qualified for working in her role as an administrator, having recently completed Office Administration through North West College here in the Battlefords.
Stacey enjoys being outdoors. As a 13+ year resident of the Battlefords, Stacey enjoys fishing, visiting the river valley and Finlayson Island, exploring nature, and most importantly spending time with her family.
Stacey has lived in Saskatchewan for her entire life, residing in the Town of Battleford for the past thirteen years, and recently moving into North Battleford. Stacey has a partner named Mike. Stacey has two daughters named Haylee and Taylor along with a step-daughter, Morgan.
Nicki provides legal support to the Norsasklaw team in estates, child and family services, and other areas in a general legal assistant role.
Nicki was born in The Pas, Manitoba and in her elementary years moved to the Battlefords which she now considers home. She graduated from North Battleford Comprehensive High School and went on to Red Deer College where she obtained her Legal Assistant Diploma. After spending much of her career focusing on criminal law and litigation at a national law firm located in Regina, Nicki decided to move back to the Battlefords.
Nicki enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and catching a hockey or baseball game.
Interested in Joining Us?
We are always willing to review job applications, resumés from lawyers, articling students / students at law, paralegals, and support staff interested in seeking a rewarding and challenging career in the Battlefords. We consider all career materials submitted to our North Battleford, Saskatchewan office.
Articling in North Battleford
If you are seeking an articling position or employment as a lawyer in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, feel free to send our office an application package. Many people call the Battlefords home because it is halfway between Saskatoon and Lloydminster – approximately an hour to either city, and the Battlefords have many of the services and businesses that you would typically find in a larger-sized city, along with a lower cost of living compared to Saskatoon and Regina.
The City of North Battleford has a population of approximately 15,000 people, the neighbouring town of Battleford has a population of approximately 5,000 people and there are many more small towns, affordable acreages, and First Nations communities near the Battlefords that offer small-town living with a short commute to work.
Although we do not hire articling students every year, we typically search for the right candidates that are interested in building a lasting career with our firm and living long-term in the Battlefords. We do not have a set annual deadline for the receipt of materials and we do not participate in the co-ordinated recruitment process organized by the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.
Norsasklaw offers a competitive salary for articling students and a balanced, practical introduction to working in private practice that provides exposure to many areas of legal work. If you work hard, and you are serious about articling and practicing for at least two years afterward in the Battlefords, we typically ask that you submit materials and call our office to set an appointment to meet with a lawyer to explore the prospect of a position at Norsasklaw.