We are a law firm based in Invermere British Columbia. We serve clients throughout the province and assist out-of-province clients with BC legal issues. We discuss our fees upfront and provide flat-rate fees for many of our services so that you will not be surprised by our bills.
We provide personal service and you will not get an automated message when you call. That’s right, you will talk to a real person when you call us! We are environmentally and socially responsible. We provide a healthy work environment, pay above living wages to all our staff, and make significant contributions to non-profit and charitable organizations around Invermere and throughout British Columbia.
Buffy is a grizzled veteran of the legal industry. She has been practicing law for almost 30 years and her nasty attitude is proof. Buffy’s practice focuses almost exclusively on family and criminal law. When she isn’t stuck in the office, she is out hiking and canoeing in the Columbia Valley.
Morgan Blakley is a mountaineer and a lawyer. Morgan’s practice focuses on litigation, though he assists clients will all manner of legal work. He spends his free time gallivanting up mountains and down rivers. Morgan has been practicing law since 2012. Before making the mistake of going to law school, Morgan worked in sundry fields including in construction, forestry, oil and gas, and first aid.
If you actually need something done, talk to Fiona. Fiona is the office manager and operational mastermind of the law firm. When she isn’t keeping the lawyers in check, Fiona spends her time camping, fishing, or reading. I am sure that if you ask her, she will tell you where to find the biggest fish this side of the continental divide.
Brittany worked as a financial analyst and articled in corporate law in Calgary before the mountains called. Brittany’s legal practice focuses on corporate, real estate, and estate matters. When she isn’t working, you can find her conquering mountains on skis, dirt bikes, horses or in running shoes.
Derrick Murphy has recently been transplanted from the Okanagan and is now the resident lawyer in our Golden office Fairley & Blakley. When it comes to law, Derrick is happy to help with most legal problems and opportunities including real estate, wills, civil litigation and uncivil litigation. When he’s not prospecting for statutes in the law mines, Derrick can be found hiking in our national parks (at least, we hope we can find him again).
Katelynn grew up in Ontario and now calls Invermere home. Katelynn practices in family law, real estate, legacy planning, and business law. Katelynn is the reigning world disc golf champion (almost). Whenever the weather is cooperating, you can expect her to be tossing discs at metal poles out in the middle of nowhere. Katelynn also plays soccer and beats up little kids at the local judo hall.
Ashley’s work focuses on corporate, real estate, and estate matters. Ashley spends her free time with her family in the outdoors, but really mostly getting into trouble.
Brooke Topic is a conveyancer at Columbia Legal. Brooke really likes plants, sometimes she remembers to water them, and well… sometimes she buys new ones. Brooke also has a rescued cat named Garbage, or is it Bandit? In either case, she isn’t dating Angela.
James Weir is the firm’s senior conveyancer – he bosses everyone around and pretends to be a master of all things real estate. If you ever need to smile, just ask James about lawyers – he loves them! When James isn’t wheeling and dealing real estate deals, he is usually hiking, reading, or fixing his truck, not that there is anything wrong with his truck…