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.
Allison Edgar grew up in Vancouver and completed her law degree at the University of Victoria. Allison moved to the Nelson area 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, real estate, wills & estates and family law. She enjoys working with new clients and providing practical and effective legal advice.
Allison represents clients in both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Outside the practice of law, Allison is also on the Board of Directors of the Nelson Cares Society and is a member and secretary of the RDCK’s Area E Advisory Planning Commission. She is happy to now call the Kootenays her home.
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.