Our People

Unlike most law firms, the lawyers at Benson Law LLP prefer to have a more personable rapport with our clients. We take our clients’ needs seriously, no matter what type of legal matter they’re facing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that meetings need to be so serious, or even held in our office for that matter. If hitting the greens for a round of golf, or having a coffee downtown to discuss your legal matters is your preference, we are happy to oblige. We are a full service law firm and whether you require assistance with Business Law, Civil Litigation, First Nation Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Real Estate Law or Wills & Estates, we have the expertise to help you.

Garry F. Benson QC

Partner

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

Wills & Estate, Business/Corporate Law, Native Law


“I believe that the practice of Law is about people. Lawyers should listen to clients, find out what the client really wants from the lawyer and the lawyer then tries to meet the client’s needs. Practicing law is about providing the client with clear advice, strong action and throughout the process, quality service.”

Garry is the founding partner of our firm and took the initiative to draw together widely skilled members with a vision to becoming a full service law firm representing clients throughout the Okanagan Valley.

His preferred areas of practice are corporate commercial law, banking and securitization, real estate, mortgages and Aboriginal law. Garry has practiced in Kelowna for 20 years and is extremely active within the community.

Garry has experience as a member of the RCMP, Senior Manager in the Federal Government and as a member of many Boards of Directors. His community involvement includes supporting community organizations through strategic support, fundraising and Pro Bono legal services.

ROBERT TONSOO

Partner

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

Corporate commercial law, business acquisitions real estate law

 

Practices primarily in the areas of corporate commercial law, business acquisitions and restructuring and real estate law including residential, commercial and development work.

He has significant experience in advising developers on developments ranging from major industrial subdivisions to strata duplexes. He has worked on numerous projects located throughout the Okanagan, including Big White, and several projects in northern British Columbia. Robert has been involved in all aspects of the development process including strata property issues, approval processes, financing and providing advice and support in litigation arising in regard to land transactions and developments.

Robert has developed expertise in strata property matters both in regard to the development of strata properties and the creation and and interpretation of strata bylaws. He has dealt frequently with the office of the Superintendent of Real Estate with respect to disclosure statements and related matters. In addition, Robert has acted for developers and strata corporations in strata property disputes including arbitrations under the Strata Property Act.

Robert received a Law Degree and Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the BC bar in 1986.

TERRY MCCAFFREY

Partner

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

Civil Litigation, Personal injury

“When you are faced with negotiating the minefield of insurance litigation, you need someone who is looking after your interests and only your interests. Often when you go it alone, you truly have no support and you need to be confident that the decisions you make consider your unique dilemma in a fashion that maximizes your recovery. Speak to me so that we can work together to ensure you are fairly treated by the opposing party.”

Terry obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Calgary in 1982 and his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Calgary in 1988. Terry has worked internationally in Switzerland and New York City. His preferred areas of practice are Personal Injury Law, including ICBC claims and motor vehicle accidents, Civil Litigation and Commercial Litigation. Terry is one of the Firm’s Trial Lawyers and has appeared in all levels of courts in British Columbia.

Terry is involved in various community activities. He is also a member of the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association.

Robert Starke

Associate

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

TYLER FULKERTH

Associate

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

Civil Litigation, Family Law


“Litigation can be a stressful time, it is my goal to develop an effective strategy that best fits my client’s situation, needs, and to handle your matter quickly and positively. With my diverse practice and experience, I am an approachable, client-first lawyer that will navigate and educate my client throughout the litigation process.”

Tyler Fulkerth is an associate lawyer with Benson Law.

Tyler received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and his Bachelor of Laws, with Honours, from the University of Liverpool in 2013. Tyler now calls Kelowna home after living and practicing law in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tyler’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury Law, including ICBC claims and motor vehicle accidents, and Commercial Litigation.

Tyler was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2016 and the British Columbia Law Society in 2017.

NAVJIT KHUN KHUN

Associate

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266


“I am dedicated to forming long-term ongoing relationships with my clients. My goal is simple-I strive to be responsive, effective and comprehensive.

Her practice is focused on corporate and commercial matters, real estate, and wills and estates.

Outside of work, Navjit enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, hiking, and travelling.

Born and raised in the Okanagan, Navjit obtained her Bachelor Of Arts Degree with a major in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She continued her studies at one of Australia’s leading institutions, Bond University, graduating with her Juris Doctor with Distinction.

Navjit is fluent in Punjabi and conversant in Hindi and Urdu.

LEIGHTON MEYER

Associate

Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

Business law, Corporations, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Trusts and Immigration


“As a lawyer, I focus on business law including corporations and commercial transactions, all areas of real estate including commercial and residential, estate planning for small business, and trusts. I have a wide variety of real estate clients from first time home buyers to property developers and large commercial landlords, so no matter your experience in the real estate market, I will walk through the entire process with you.”

Leighton a senior associate counsel with Benson Law focussing on business law, corporations, commercial transactions, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning, trusts and immigration.

He received his Bachelor of Arts of the University of Lethbridge and hisjuris doctor from the University of Calgary. A long-time resident in Kelowna, Leighton has been practising law in the Okanagan Valley for nearly 10 years. He provides legal counsel to a wide range of businesses and individuals. Leighton has had extensive experience counselling clients in all manners of corporate and commercial transactions including Joint Ventures, limited partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, construction, real estate development and immigration.

MICHAEL HANSEN

Associate

 Address: 270 Highway 33 West
Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7

Phone: (250) 491-0206

Fax: (250) 491-0266

Civil Litigation, Strata Law


“Whether you are a startup or established business I have the knowledge and experience you can rely on for your strategic growth plans and risk mitigation. My unique background as both corporate counsel and as a litigator can offer you a unique perspective on legal advice.”

Michael Hansen’s preferred areas of practice include litigation, business law, strata property and First Nation law.

Michael has appeared in the Small Claim Court, British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal across many types of matters. In addition, Michael has experience in commercial leasing, corporate law and regularly advises clients in relation to Westbank First Nation land deals.

Michael enjoys working with businesses of all sizes regarding all types of legal matters.

His unique experience provides him with a different perspective and skill set that has distinguished him within the legal community.