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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

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 Devries – 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 Paralegal

Christine is a corporate paralegal with Business Law Group and has been working with the firm since January 2016. Christine manages all of the firm’s incorporation and administration matters.

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