Our Team - West Kootenay Lawyers

Richard Spilker

Richard Spilker was called to the Bar in 1976 and for the past 20 years has restricted his practice to personal injury claims.  He has served three terms on the Provincial Counsel of the Canadian Bar Association and is a past president of the Kootenay Bar Association.  He has also served as County Representative for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

In his personal injury practice, Richard has represented clients with catastrophic personal injuries including severe traumatic brain injuries and quadriplegia.  He has also represented families who have lost a member in a fatal accident.

He has represented clients throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

Mr. Spilker acts for clients on a contingency fee basis which means his legal fees are a percentage of the final settlement.

 

 

Kenneth R. Watson

Ken Watson has continuously practiced law since 1969 when he was called to the Alberta Bar.  He moved from Calgary to the West Kootenays in 1980 at which time he was called to the British Columbia Bar.  He conducted a general practice until 2001 and since then he has focused on all aspects of business law and real estate development as well as on wills, trusts, wealth preservation and estates.

Over the years he has been active with and has represented numerous charitable organizations having many different areas of focus.

 

 

 

 

Bill McNally

Bill McNally was called to the bar in BC in 1982, and to the bar in Alberta in 1984.  Since that time, he has been involved in litigating many personal injury cases and has successfully taken large personal injury claims to trial, both before a judge and civil jury. He has also been involved in the successful resolution of large and complex claims including class proceedings and commercial matters.

In 2004, he received the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association President’s Award for distinguished contribution to the profession and the advancement of law. In the same year, he was honoured by the American Trial Lawyers Association for volunteer work in assisting victims of 9/11 recover for injuries arising from their presence at the scene of the World Trade Center disaster.

In April 2007, in a National Post Survey, he was voted by other lawyers as one of the best lawyers in Canada for his work for injured plaintiffs including work in the area of medical negligence. He is also noted in Canadian Who’s Who for his professional contribution to the practice of law.

In July 2007, he moved to Nelson, BC and continues to represent injured people in Alberta and British Columbia. 

http://www.mcnallylaw.ca/

 

 

Christopher E. Smith

Chris is a Nelson local and graduate of L.V. Rogers High School and has returned to Nelson to pursue his legal career.  He currently practices in the area of civil and commercial litigation and real estate and business conveyancing.  Chris holds an honours degree in philosophy from the University of Victoria and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law.  After completing his articles with our firm he was admitted as a member of the British Columbia Bar in June 2010.

Chris is an active board member the Osprey Community Foundation and the Nelson Rowing Club.

 

 

Allison Edgar

Allison Edgar grew up in Vancouver and completed her law degree at the University of Victoria. In her final year of law school, in preparation for her future practice, Allison completed an in-depth research project of the significant changes regarding property division under the new Family Law Act.

Allison moved to Nelson in August 2012 to begin her legal career and completed her articles with our firm. She was admitted as a member of the British Columbia Bar in September 2013. Allison currently practices in all areas of civil litigation, business and family law. She is looking forward to working with new clients and providing practical and effective legal advice.