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.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia Law School, Alan Perello has been called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia. He began his legal career in Ontario where he conducted a general practice including civil litigation, family law, criminal defence and prosecutions, child protection matters, real estate transactions, wills and estates, and municipal law.
Alan first came to the Kootenays in 1991, fell in love with the area, and came back at every opportunity until he made the West Kootenay his permanent home in 2010. He is happily married to his elementary-school sweetheart and they have three children. After his love of family and his passion for the practice of law, Alan’s next great interest is hiking in the beautiful Kootenay region’s mountains to hunt and identify wild mushrooms. Alan has always taken a special interest in the well-being of children, and he has served both on the Board of Directors and as Executive Director of the Kootenay Kids Society. For nine years, Alan served as the Chair of the RDCK Advisory Planning Council for Area G.
Alan Perello has a long-established record of obtaining successful results for his clients at all levels of court, from Small Claims matters up to appeals in the Ontario and British Columbia Courts of Appeal. He takes a pragmatic approach to solving problems and will always seek to find a path to resolution that serves his clients’ best interests. He understands the significant stress that can be caused by these processes and he can be counted on to take his clients’ matters to court only when it is necessary.
Matthew Scheffelmaier was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up on a cattle ranch in rural Manitoba. He completed his undergraduate studies at Université de St. Boniface in Winnipeg in French with an emphasis on Commerce and Political Science courses. Matthew then moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. During his time in Law School, Matthew acted as a formal mentor to first-year students and volunteered with access to justice initiatives including The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan through Pro Bono Canada and Research for Refugees. Matthew began his articles with our firm in August 2017 and while articling had the opportunity to appear in both the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Family and Civil matters. Matthew was admitted as a member of the British Columbia Bar in August 2018.
Matthew is thrilled to be settled in Nelson, British Columbia and is excited to build his legal career in the Kootenays. While outside the office, Matthew enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and playing music.
Danielle Yuzdepski grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and went on to obtain her Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. In 2017 Danielle worked as a summer student for Rhonda Ruston, Q.C., in Kaslo as a participant in the BC REAL program; a program serving access to justice initiatives by placing law students in rural communities that are in need of lawyers. While working in Kaslo, Danielle fell in love with the Kootenays and decided to return after graduating law school. Danelle began working with Watson & Company in the spring of 2018, completed her Articles under Kenneth R. Watson and was called to the British Columbia Bar in January 2020. Danielle's chosen areas of practice are Wills and Estates and Family Law.
Danielle enjoys helping her clients come to reasonable resolutions of their legal issues. She understands that legal disputes involving family members, ex-spouses and children are especially difficult for clients, and aims to reduce conflict and preserve postive relationships where possible.
In Danielle's spare time, she enjoys everything the Kootenays have to offer. Danielle enjoys being out in nature and spends much of her time gardening, hiking, swimming, running, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. When Danielle is not outdoors, she enjoys reading philosophy, engaging in intersting conversations and drawing.
Mason Goulden earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Political Science major and double minors in Anthropology and Geography from the University of the Fraser Valley. Upon graduation, Mason was awarded the Media and Cultural Studies Excellence Award.
Mason went on to complete a Juris Doctorate at Dalhousie University. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, while at Dalhousie Mason earned a certificate in Environmental Law, co-founded the Dalhousie Trial Advocacy Society, was elected President of the Dalhousie Environmental Law Society, earned the Edward Charles Foley Award for excellence in Environmental Law, completed the criminal clinic at the Nova Scotia Crown Prosecutor’s office, and clerked at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
Since graduation, Mason has been called to the Bar in multiple provinces. He has appeared in Provincial and Superior Courts across the country, representing clients in a wide range of legal matters including: Criminal, Family, Child Protection, Environmental and Civil and Estate Matters.
In his spare time, Mason co-founded and acts as the Director of Strategic Planning for Sharks of the Atlantic Research and Conservation Centre, an environmental not-for-profit that focuses on marine research and conservation in countries around the world.