Our team of committed lawyers is equipped with diverse experience and a passion for law.
Barrister & Solicitor
Ryan D. Rigler
I was born and raised in the City of Grande Prairie, Alberta. After I finished high school, I went to University to become a lawyer. I first obtained a Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law located in the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Thereafter, I obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan located in the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Following the completion of my law degrees, I returned home to raise a family and begin my law practice. I opened my law office in 2009 and specialized in family law. I had the opportunity to appear before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Court of Appeal of Alberta. I have likewise had the opportunity to appear before Courts in several different Jurisdictions.
My practice has now expanded. My areas of principal focus are now Real Estate Law and Estate Planning. My experience at the various levels of Court over a variety of issues allows me to close complex transactions very effectively.
When I am not at the office, my wife and I are busy raising our family. I enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, and a good game of chess.
I believe that the practice of law is a privilege. The importance of what we do for our clients, as lawyers, has never been lost on me. I take the time to meet with every client personally in order to ensure that my clients understand exactly what is happening (in the course of a purchase or a sale of a home for example). Similarly, I appreciate the gravity of strong and comprehensive Estate Planning. I thoroughly enjoy meeting face-to-face with our clients in the rural communities of Spirit River and Fairview.
I believe that all clients should expect their legal counsel to zealously advocate on their behalf and in their best interests regardless of the nature of the lawyer’s involvement.
Barrister & Solicitor
Marc R. Delacruz
Having been born and raised in Winnipeg, I studied at the University of Manitoba, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science and my Juris Doctor degrees. After being called to the Bar in Manitoba and practicing law in the Labour and Employment section of the province’s largest law firm, Aikins Macaulay Thorvaldson (now MLT Aikins), I headed west to pursue new opportunities in Grande Prairie. I was called to the Bar in Alberta, then hung my own shingle in 2008 when I opened Delacruz Law Office, focusing on the areas of Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Family Law, Family Law Mediation, and Immigration Law.
I merged my solo practice to form Rigler Delacruz & Associates in 2016.
I enjoy travelling, skiing, and playing squash. I am a loyal Toronto Raptors fan, and I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie.
Family Law is intense and emotional. I believe that clients are best served by a level-headed lawyer who listens to their concerns and clearly explains their available options in plain English. I am grateful for the opportunity to earn the trust of my clients as I navigate them through what may be the most difficult and challenging transition in their lives. My goal on every one of my family law files is to work alongside my client to resolve their matters as cost-effectively and timely as possible.
Barrister & Solicitor
Melissa J. Erickson
I was born in Calgary, but raised in Manning, Alberta. After I finished high school, I went to Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University) and obtained a diploma in Police Studies. I was then accepted into the Forensic Science Honours program at Trent University and spent four years in Peterborough, Ontario. After graduation, I worked in Calgary as a manager for six years. During that time, I also completed an undergraduate certificate in International Management, which included a semester abroad in Lyon, France. I completed my law degree at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, and then decided to return to Northern Alberta to practice in Grande Prairie.
I have been interested in the law from a very young age. Family Law is something I became specifically interested in during my time at law school. I completed research on behalf of the BC Ministry of Attorney General where I worked closely with a Family lawyer drafting information sheets, written in plain language, on the Federal Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. I also provided summary advice to family law clients under the supervision of a lawyer at the TRU Community Legal Clinic in Kamloops, BC. Given the emotions that are often involved in such a personal area of law, it is my goal to ensure that all client matters are handled in a way that is both professional and considerate.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, and playing rec sports.
I was born and raised in a small town in northern Ontario. My family relocated west during my teenage years and I have called it home ever since; I have lived in both Tumbler Ridge, BC and in Grande Cache, AB.
I chose to pursue my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, where I obtained an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Major in Criminology and a Minor in Psychology. I subsequently obtained my law degree at the Thomson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.
In my spare time, I enjoy sports, the outdoors, and spending time with family. I am also passionate about volunteering. I have volunteered with the Grande Prairie Big Brothers Big Sisters program and was a member and Vice-President of the Indigenous Law Students’ Association throughout law school.
I am also fluent in French and excited to assist the francophone communities here in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area.