Matthew was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and growing up in a military family he had the opportunity to live in towns and cities across Canada. He received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and History from Dalhousie University in 2007. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary in 2010. Matthew was admitted as a member of the Law Society of Alberta on Sept 26, 2011, and as a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan on March 18, 2013. He now resides in Medicine Hat with his wife, who is a teacher for Medicine Hat School District 76, and his son. Matthew works in the Medicine Hat and Brooks offices, but has clients from Regina to Calgary and every rural area in between. Matthew is also available to travel and assist our Swift Current & Southwest Saskatchewan neighbours with their corporate and agri-business legal needs.
Matthew has developed a practice with an emphasis on corporate and commercial law, real estate, land transactions, wills, estate planning, financing, agri-business law and municipal law.
Matthew has a great deal of experience in corporate law and is the corporate solicitor for many businesses and organizations in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. His clients range from sole proprietors to organizations with hundreds of employees. Matthew works with businesses from the incorporation stage and assists them through all stages of growth. He does this by working with his clients and their business advisors including their accountants, bankers, and investment advisors to put together the structures, agreements and the financing required to ensure the businesses he represents succeed. His goal is to ensure your business is protected and that you can focus on growing your business and avoid unnecessary litigation.
Real Estate - Residential, Commercial, and Farm Transactions
Matthew has acted for many clients with respect to real estate transactions, ranging from residential transactions to more complex commercial and farm transactions, including commercial financing. He has a passion for real estate and enjoys working collaboratively with realtors, banks, and mortgage brokers to ensure that every transaction he is involved in is completed smoothly and efficiently. Matthew has a goal to make sure that real estate transactions are enjoyable, hassle free, and understood by his clients. Matthew also has a large agriculture based real estate practice including purchases and sales of farms and ranches, as well as agriculture financing transactions in Alberta and in Swift Current & Southwest Saskatchewan.
Estate Planning and Estate Administration
Matthew has also developed an estate planning practice that includes the preparation of wills, trusts, enduring powers of attorney, personal directives as well as assisting with the administration of estates. Matthew’s goal is to ensure that his clients have proper plans in place to reduce conflict and costs when life’s contingencies arise. Matthew particularly enjoys succession planning for businesses and farms to help them plan for future transitions and to ensure the successful continuation of businesses into the future.
When not practicing law, Matthew enjoys being active outdoors including hiking, cycling, camping, snowboarding and loves being in the mountains. Matthew strongly believes in education and can often be found speaking at seminars relating to his practice areas.
Matthew believes in service and being part of the community, and has volunteered with many community based organizations in the past including Scouts Canada, the Lions Club, and the Medicine Hat and Brooks Bar Association. Matthew was awarded a Red Cross Certificate of Merit in 2002 for his effort to fundraise over 1 million dollars for the victims of the tragedy of September 11, 2001, through his Students for Survivors Campaign.
Matthew has a strong interest in politics and is a past President for the Medicine Hat Conservative Association and served for more than 15 years on various political boards.
Matthew currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta and is a member of the Rotary Club of Brooks, the Brooks & District Chamber of Commerce, the Calgary Zeta Psi Alumni Associatione, MH360 Networking Group, and the Eastern Woodlands Métis Nation Nova Scotia.