LAWYERS & NOTARIES

Our lawyers are committed to providing our clients with top quality legal advice and representation. At Rockies Law we have the experience, capacity and professionalism of a large full-service firm and the friendly conscientious and personal service of a local firm.

 

Cranbrook Office

 

Marko M. Maryniak, J.D.

Marko received his J.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 1991 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1992. He has practiced in Victoria, Vancouver and has been General Counsel to Wampole Brands Inc., a manufacturer of vitamins and pharmaceutical products. Marko’s areas of practice include real estate and development law, corporate law, insolvency and reorganizations, estate planning, and wealth preservation.  He is the Managing Director of the firm. 

After moving to Fernie in 1998, Marko founded Rockies Law Corporation in 2004.  He and his family are based in Cranbrook.  Marko is very involved in the community, having been a Hospital Trustee, a director of the Fernie Hospital Foundation, a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Fernie Heritage Library, an auxiliary firefighter with Fernie Fire Rescue, and a Lecturer and Chair of the Board of Governors of the College of the Rockies.  Currently, Marko is a Director and Secretary of the Cranbrook Kimberley Development Initiative.   In his spare time Marko and his family can be found exploring and enjoying the mountains, whether on a trail, river or ski slope.

Areas of practice:

  • Real Estate Development

  • Business Law 

  • Trusts 

  • Strata Property

 

Kenneth R. Steidl, Q.C. (d.2018)

Ken Steidl, Q.C. graduated of the University of Saskatchewan and carried on a general practice of law in Cranbrook since being called to the bar in British Columbia in 1972.   Ken was the elected representative for the Kootenays to the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association for three 3-year terms and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.  He coached minor hockey, was a director for the Cranbrook Curling Club, was a director of The Friends of Fort Steele Society for over ten years, and acted as counsel for a number of other boards and organizations in the community.   Respected by all who knew him, and sorely missed by his co-workers and friends, Ken passed away on July 12, 2018. 

For inquiries regarding Mr. Steidl's former practice areas please refer to Russ Sheppard or Marko Maryniak:

  • Foreclosure 

  • Agency

  • Conveyancing & Mortgages

 

David F. Collins, LL.B.

I was born and raised in Newfoundland. I obtained my Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1990. After business school, I attended Law School at the University of Saskatchewan, where I graduated in 1993.

My first experience of B.C. was skiing at Fairmont Hot Springs during Law School. Upon graduation, I commenced my articles with Morelli Chertkow in Kamloops where I had the pleasure of working and learning under several senior counsel.  I left Morelli Chertkow in 1996 to come back East to the Kootenays. I actually worked as an associate for Steidl Kambeitz (the predecessor Firm to Rockies Law Corporation) before moving to Fernie in December of 1997 to work with Majic Purdy. That association continued until I set up my own practice in Cranbrook in 2005.

My experience is as a litigator and I have done a little bit of everything over the years.  I currently practice Family and Civil Law, Estate Litigation, Criminal Law and some Personal Injury Litigation.

One of the things I enjoy about living and working in the East Kootenays is the connection to the community that comes from practicing in a smaller center. I am thrilled to have joined a firm that epitomizes that connection for me.

Areas of practice:

  • Family Law 

  • Civil Litigation 

  • ICBC/Personal Injury 

  • Estate Litigation

 

Andrew Bird, J.D., LL.M. (Tax)

Andrew practices civil litigation encompassing corporate and commercial disputes, wills and estates litigation, and tax litigation.  Andrew earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto in 2006 and articled at a national firm in Vancouver. Andrew moved to the Kootenays and joined Rockies Law in 2010.  After earning a Masters degree in tax law from the University of British Columbia in 2016, and graduating top of the program, Andrew practiced tax law at a national firm before returning to Rockies Law and settling down permanently in Cranbrook.

Andrew is a member of the Christian Legal Fellowship and serves on the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, as representative for Kootenay County.  Andrew was President of the Kootenay Bar Association in 2019/2020.  He served as a director of Mountainside Community Church in Fernie from 2012 through 2016, and has served as a director of a constituency association for the Conservative Party of Canada.  In 2014, Andrew went to El Salvador on a mission trip that built eight houses for the rural poor dislocated by earthquakes and war.

Before becoming a lawyer, Andrew was a meteorite hunter across the Prairies, finding two meteorites; a roughneck on a drilling rig in northern Alberta; and a treeplanter in northern BC.

Andrew is an avid ski mountaineer and mountain biker.  He has climbed Mt. Elbrus, a peak in the Caucasus region of Russia and the highest peak in Europe at 5,642 metres.  Andrew has a first ski descent of the northeast face of Mt. King George, an 11,000er in the Canadian Rockies, which descent was featured in the 2013 Canadian Alpine Journal.

 

Areas of practice:

  • Civil Litigation

  • Wills and Estates

  • Tax Litigation

 

Gerald J. Kambeitz, Q.C. (retired)

Gerry Kambeitz, Q.C. has been a resident of Cranbrook since 1974 and practiced law from 1970 until 2014.   Gerry practiced primarily in the areas of Commercial and Corporate law, Real Estate and Development Law and Wills and Estates.  Throughout his more than 40 year career, Gerry has served in numerous capacities including Human Rights Commissioner, Director of the Legal Services Society of B.C., and member of the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association. Currently, Gerry holds the position of Life Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and was a director of the Continuing Legal Education society of BC.  He has also served as a Director of the Cranbrook Golf Club and a Trustee of St. Mary’s School.  Now retired, Gerry continues to be a member of the firm in an advisory capacity.

 

Fernie & Sparwood Office

 

Graeme R. Nunn, J.D., LL.M. (Tax)

Graeme received his J.D. from the University of Victoria and his Masters degree in Taxation and Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.  Prior to moving to Fernie, Graeme practiced law at a prominent boutique law firm in downtown Vancouver.  Graeme’s practice areas include Real Estate Law, Wills and Estates, and Corporate and Business Law and Commercial and Insurance Litigation.

Graeme loves his home in the mountains and has become an active member of the Fernie community.  He is the President and a Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, and is a former member of Fernie Search and Rescue.  When not in the office, Graeme and his wife Karen and young family can be found hiking, biking or on the ski slopes.

Areas of practice:

  • Real Estate

  • Business Law 

  • Wills & Estates

  • ICBC/Personal Injury 

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Tax Litigation

 

Karen Tse, J.D., Family Law Mediator

Karen practices family law and assists her clients by negotiating disputes, drafting cohabitation and separation agreements, and conducting applications and trials.  She works with her clients to find solutions for parenting time, spousal and child support, property division, divorce and child protection.  She has appeared before the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia.  Karen also practices in civil litigation encompassing corporate and commercial disputes, construction, and wills and estates litigation.

 

Karen is an accredited Family Law Mediator.  As a mediator, Karen facilitates respectful discussions between the parties.  She does not take sides and does not judge.  A mediation with Karen can cover all aspects of a separation or divorce, including parenting time, guardianship, division of assets and debts, child support and spousal support.  Karen can also prepare separation agreements and court orders following a mediation.

 

Karen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, where she received a number of academic and community service awards.  She was also the class valedictorian at Simon Fraser University and the recipient of the university's Gold Medal and Humanitarian Award.  Prior to joining the firm, Karen worked at a boutique family firm in downtown Vancouver.  

 

After moving to Fernie with her husband, Graeme Nunn, the two of them can be found exploring the mountains by skis, hiking boots or snowshoes.  Karen and Graeme were named Volunteers of the Year by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.  Karen serves as a Director of the Fernie Women's Resource Centre, the Fernie Pets Society and the Fernie & District Historical Society.  She also organizes children's activities at the annual Fernie Griz Days festival.

Areas of practice:

  • Family Law 

  • Family Law Mediation

  • Civil Litigation

 

Marian Gravelle, Notary

Marian is born and raised in Fernie, and has practiced as a notary public for over 32 years.  Marian is very active in the community, and has been involved in many community organizations, including the Snow Valley Wranglers Association, Fernie Minor Hockey Association, Catholic Women’s League and the Long Haulers Association of the East Kootenays. 

Areas of practice:

  • Notary Services

 
 

Invermere Office

Jonathan Sievenpiper, J.D., B.Sc. (Min. Commerce)

Jonathan is a real estate and business law solicitor original from the greater Vancouver area in British Columbia.  After practicing law in the greater Vancouver area, he jumped on the opportunity to relocate to the beautiful Columbia Valley. Jonathan received his Juris Doctorate (Doctor of Law) from the University of Victoria in Victoria.  Prior to attending law school, Jonathan graduated from the University of British Columbia, with honours, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Minor in Commerce. 

 

Jonathan brings a breadth of professional and practical life experience to his practice from his background in litigation (primarily handling civil litigation including breach of contract claims, personal injury claims, and compensation claims against governmental agencies), and from working in the legal departments for the BC Securities Commission and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

 

For the past several years, Jonathan has had a practice focusing primarily on real estate transactions (both residential and commercial), real estate development and subdivisions, Indian lands real estate, construction law, business acquisitions and sales, general business legal advice, corporate law and incorporations, business structuring, wills and estate planning, probating estates in the BC Supreme Court, and notarial services.

 

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and their three young children, as well as skiing, snowboarding, curling, playing hockey, playing softball, hiking, and otherwise enjoying the Columbia Valley and the surrounding areas.  Jonathan is also an active volunteer firefighter with the Village of Radium Hot Springs Fire Department and participates in fund raising for many local non-profits and charities.

 

Areas of practice:

  • Real Estate Conveyancing

  • Real Estate Development

  • Indian Lands Real Estate

  • Construction Law

  • Wills & Estate Planning

  • Probating Estates

  • Business Law

  • Corporate Law

  • General Business Legal Advice

  • Business Acquisitions and Sales

  • Notarial Services

Jeff Martin, LL.B., B. Comm.

Jeff practices general litigation, with a focus on divorce and family law disputes, estate disputes, business disputes, and certain regulatory and criminal matters.

 

In his family law practice, Jeff assists clients with divorce, division of property, child custody, child support, and spousal support. In his general civil litigation practice, Jeff assists clients in resolving a wide range of disputes, including estate, business, and tenancy disputes. Jeff is a proponent of working towards smart, negotiated settlements for his clients whenever possible, but he is always ready to use his courtroom experience, if it is necessary to pursue a fair result.

 

Jeff earned his LL.B at the University of New Brunswick and was called to the BC Bar in 2010. Prior to joining Rockies Law, Jeff spent several years in Asia working for international law firms, mainly advising on cross border transactions and disputes.

 

In his spare time, Jeff tries to get to the gym now and again, but spends most of his time with his wife and young son.

 

Areas of practice:

  • Divorce and family law;

  • General civil litigation;

  • Regulatory and criminal matters.

 
 
 

Kimberley & Invermere Office

Steven M. Brine, LL.B.

Steve lives in Kimberley and primarily practices in the areas of Real Estate, Wills & Estates and Business Law in Kimberley and Invermere.  Steve received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2004 and was called to the bar in New York State in 2005.  After graduation, Steve worked as an associate for a New York law firm primarily in the areas of securities, banking and finance. 

 

After a few years working in the City, Steve decided to return to the East Kootenays to enjoy the lifestyle opportunities this area has to offer.  When not in the office, you’ll usually find him skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer.  Steve is actively involved in the Community  He is a current director of the Kimberley Trails Society, past director of the Kimberley District and Community Foundation, and has provided pro-bono advice, donations or volunteer services to various other local organizations over the years, including the Greenways Trail Alliance, Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, Kimberley Golf Club, Kimberley Independent School, Northstar Rails to Trails Society, Kimberley Alpine Society, Round the Mountain Festival and Kimberley Food Bank.

Areas of practice:

  • Real Estate Conveyancing 

  • Real Estate Development 

  • First Nations Land Law  

  • Wills & Estates  

  • Builders Liens 

  • Business Law 

  • Strata Property

 

Anna Bara, J.D.

Anna was born and raised in Alberta. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Alberta and then her law degree from the University of Victoria. During her law degree she studied abroad at the University of Utrecht, in Utrecht, Netherlands. Prior to joining the firm, Anna had a general law practice at a regional firm in southern Alberta and was an active volunteer at the Medicine Hat Legal Help Centre.

Anna has moved to British Columbia from the Alberta prairies and enjoys the lifestyle and activities that the Kootenays have to offer. During her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, climbing and has recently taken up skiing. 

Anna’s main areas of practice are real estate, wills and estates and business law. Anna is a member of both the Alberta and British Columbia Bar Associations.

Areas of practice:

  • Real Estate 

  • Wills & Estates  

  • Business Law 

Office Locations

CRANBROOK

201-907 BAKER STREET
CRANBROOK, BC
V1C 1A4

 

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FAX: (250) 426-6100

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FERNIE

202-502 THIRD AVENUE - BOX 490
FERNIE, BC
V0B 1M0

 

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FAX: (250) 423-4065

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SPARWOOD

BOX 1886, #116 101 RED CEDAR DRIVE
SPARWOOD, BC
V0B 2G0

 

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FAX: (250) 425-2204

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KIMBERLEY

201-290 WALLINGER AVENUE
KIMBERLEY, BC
V1A 1Z1

 

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FAX: (250) 427-0555

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INVERMERE

BOX 2647-906 8TH AVENUE
INVERMERE, BC
V0A 1K0

 

TEL: (250) 342-4447
FAX: (250) 342-3298

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