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The Firm

Business Law Group is a full service business focused law firm serving small and medium sized businesses in the Okanagan. Business Law Group specializes in business start-up and organization, business transactions and real estate.

Business Law Group is committed to a client focused approach in its services, offering its clients timely practical advice that fits with each client’s particular business needs. While historically lawyers have been viewed as a necessary evil in business, Business Law Group aims to provide value added service to its client’s business. Our focus is to facilitate your business transaction while looking out for your personal and professional risks.

See our web page specific to Real Estate Law in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Our Team

Mathew Dober
– BA, LLB, MBA

Business Law Group is owned and managed by founding partner Mathew Dober.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Mathew began his career as an entrepreneur, owning and operating several small businesses in the Kelowna area in the construction and retail industries. Mathew attended university in Kelowna and completed a bachelor of arts in philosophy, political science and economics. In 2000, Mathew moved to Calgary where he completed his law degree at the University of Calgary and Master of Business at the Haskayne School of Business. Mathew began his legal career with the national law firm of Bennett Jones LLP as an associate in the corporate commercial department working on numerous large scale private and public financings, corporate reorganizations and asset/share purchase transactions.

His entrepreneurial spirit calling, Mathew left Bennett Jones in 2005 and began his own business law practice in Calgary where he represented a variety of small and mid-sized clients in industries such as commercial real estate development, retail, naturopathy, dentistry, logistics and construction.

Mathew founded the Business Law Group in Kelowna in January 2009, when he recognized a need for a business-specific law firm geared to clients in need of practical, affordable legal solutions for their local businesses. In addition, Mathew continues to stay involved in business as partner in several local businesses in the finance, real estate and and energy industries. He is a co-founder of a small independent hydro-electric company, Trigen Renewable Energy, an owner/operator of Mission Villas, a supportive-living community for seniors, and an owner of a financing company for businesses.

Mathew brings a keen sense of business to the practice of law and first hand experience of the legal issues faced by business owners. Mathew offers his clients simple, practical legal advice in keeping with each of his client’s personal goals in business.

For more about Mathew read the following article “The Entrepreneurial Lawyer” from the Daily Courier

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Calgary
  • Master of Business – University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy, Political Science, & Economics) – Okanagan University College

Professional Affiliations

Community Involvement

Katy Williams – BA, LLB

Katy is a business lawyer with broad practice experience including the areas of real estate, business contracts and transactions, leasing, real estate development, financing and wills and estates.

Katy grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan before moving to Edmonton in 2000 to attend the University of Alberta. She completed a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology, philosophy and fine arts followed by a law degree, graduating with Distinction for both.  Katy then began her legal career with the large Edmonton firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP where she worked in both the corporate commercial and real estate development areas as well as gaining exposure to the world of courtroom insolvency litigation.

In 2012, Katy made the brilliant move to Kelowna to be closer to family, good skiing and wine.  Katy worked with a large local firm for several years, focusing her practice on corporate law.  In 2017, Katy joined Business Law Group where she has continued to assist clients with practical, affordable business law services.

Katy’s broad experience means she can provide clients with legal assistance in a variety of areas while taking into account the client’s “big picture”.  This enables her to offer comprehensive legal advice that satisfies all of a client’s legal needs in the most practical and efficient manner.


Education

  • Bachelor of Laws- University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Alberta

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member (Inactive), Law Society of Alberta

Community Involvement

  • Director – Chamber Music Kelowna

Contact Katy at: kwilliams@lglaw.ca

Odessa Lauro – General Manager

Odessa is a paralegal and general manager of Business Law Group. She has been working with the firm since September 2010 and is responsible for the management and oversight of all of the firm’s legal and business matters.

Odessa was born and raised in Kelowna and attended university at UBC Okanagan where she obtained a Bachelor of Management.

She is an avid horseback rider and soccer player.

Contact Odessa at: olauro@lglaw.ca

Port_image_ClaraClara Thorpe – Real Estate Paralegal

Clara is a senior Real Estate paralegal at Business Law Group and manages the firm’s conveyance department.

Clara was born in Lampman Saskatchewan and started her career as a real estate paralegal in Estevan, Saskatchewan and Cold Lake, Alberta before moving her family to the Okanagan in 2007.

Clara is married with two daughters and is an avid golfer.

Contact Clara at: cthorpe@lglaw.ca

Esther Mugridge – Corporate Paralegal

Esther is a corporate paralegal with Business Law Group and joined the team in August of 2014. Esther manages all of the firm’s incorporation and corporate administration matters.

Esther was born and grew up in Calgary but has also had the opportunity of living in Mexico and in Austria.  She recently completed a Master Degree in Philosophy.

Besides reading, writing and philosophizing, she is an adamant cyclist, and enjoys a vibrant social life in the Okanagan.

Contact Esther at: edevries@lglaw.ca

Christine Carson – Corporate/Commercial Paralegal

Christine is a corporate/commercial paralegal with Business Law Group and has been working with the firm since January 2016. Christine assists with commercial files.

Christine was born in Brunei and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She has worked and lived in Calgary and Vancouver as a corporate/securities paralegal and also had the opportunity to work abroad in Bahrain. She moved to the Okanagan in 2015.

When Christine is not working, she enjoys travelling, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, reading and playing board games.

Contact Christine at: ccarson@lglaw.ca

Kaitlynn Bexton – Corporate Paralegal

Kaitlynn is a corporate paralegal with Business Law Group and has been working with the firm since January 2017. Kaitlynn handles the firm’s incorporation and administration matters.
Kaitlynn was born in the Cariboo Region and moved to the Okanagan in 2013 to attend post-secondary schooling. She recently acquired a diploma in paralegal studies from Vancouver Career College.
Kaitlynn enjoys camping and fishing. She also enjoys making her own wine, playing softball and spending quality time with her family.

Contact Kaitlynn at: kbexton@lglaw.ca

Reyna Zaremba – Real Estate Paralegal

Reyna is a real estate paralegal at Business Law Group with the firm’s conveyance department. She joined the team in February 2017.

Reyna was born in Victoria and grew up in the Okanagan. She spent some time in Calgary and Vancouver as part of her studies, completing her Bachelor of Management at UBC Okanagan.

Reyna enjoys adventure, having travelled around Australia, Asia, and several regions of Europe. She loves living in Kelowna, involved in dance, outdoor recreation, guitar playing, writing, and community events.

Contact Reyna at: rzaremba@lglaw.ca