OUR PEOPLE

Peter D. Messner, Q.C.
Peter Messner has practiced law in the Cariboo for over 44 years as a Barrister and Solicitor representing clients at all levels of our courts, including several times at the Supreme Court of Canada. Peter strives to resolve clients’ legal issues in an efficient and fair manner. He handles many claims for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents and never acts fort ICBC on such claims. Peter is a long-time member and supporter of organizations such as the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. and the Canadian Bar Association.
Outside of the office, Peter enjoys all the Cariboo has to offer: he is an avid golfer, boater, gardener, snowmobiler and former pilot.
Education:
Bachelor of Arts (1965), University of Waterloo
Juris Doctor (1968), University of Toronto
Appointed Queens Counsel in 1989

Contact
T: (250) 395-3881
E: pmessner@messnerkenney.ca

Julian T. W. Kenney
Julian T.W. Kenney obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of British Columbia. He was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1978. Mr. Kenney was one of the founding partners of the law firm Lindsay Kenney LLP of Vancouver, B. C. in 1980 and practised from the Vancouver office of that firm until March of 2008 when he retired from the firm and relocated to the 100 Mile House area in the central interior of British Columbia.
Mr. Kenney is currently or was previously a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Vancouver Bar Association, the Fraser Valley Bar Association, the Cariboo Bar Association and the British Columbia Captive Insurers Users Group.
Mr. Kenney’s law practice has been as a solicitor primarily in the corporate and commercial areas of law with particular emphasis on business acquisitions, divestitures, corporate finance and real estate. He also practiced in securities, taxation and tax related business and estate re-organizations and pension fund matters. Mr. Kenney has represented the local, national and international interests of clients in many aspects of the manufacturing and service sectors including real estate and construction, hospitality and hotel operations, pharmaceuticals, insurance, ocean shipping and export and the forestry industry. Mr. Kenney holds the highest available rating (A-V) in the international peer review Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. He also served on the executive and for two years as Deputy Chairman of Mackrell International, an international association of law firms with worldwide representation.
Mr. Kenney has been a guest speaker for the Insurance Institute of British Columbia on several topics including corporate directors’ and officers’ liability and insurance agency and underwriter insolvency. He has spoken at Provincial Government sponsored symposiums on captive insurance, served on a Provincial Government advisory committee on captive insurance and has lectured and published papers on the topic. He has also spoken at the Amalgamated Construction Association conferences on a number of construction law topics and at a number of privately sponsored conferences on a wide variety of business legal issues. For five years Mr. Kenney taught business law courses at the British Columbia Institute of Technology as part of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia accreditation program.
Mr. Kenney has had a long history of community involvement in a variety of ways. He is a past director and coach in the Langley Minor Football Association and former president of the Thunderbird Football Association – University of British Columbia. He is also a past director and fundraising chairman for Vancouver Crime Stoppers and a past director of National Project Save Association, a community crime prevention program. Mr. Kenney acted as chairman and a member of the Science World Vancouver fundraising committee for several years. Mr. Kenney served for a number of years as a director and latterly as the Regional President of the 500 Club, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He has also been active in provincial and municipal political organizations and campaigns in both Vancouver and Langley B. C. and has served on the Economic Development and the Agricultural Advisory Commissions in Langley. In 2008 he ran as a council candidate in his new community of 100 Mile House and has now resumed the full-time practice of law at Messner Kenney LLP where he leads the solicitors’ practice at the long established 100 Mile House law firm.
Mr. Kenney has been married to his wife Linda for over 39 years and has two grown sons, Robert and Jason.
Contact
T: (250) 395-3881
E: jkenney@messnerkenney.ca

Heidi Zetzsche
Heidi Zetzsche joined Messner Kenney as Associate Counsel in 2010. She was called to the bar in Ontario and began practicing in British Columbia in 1990. Heidi practices exclusively in the area of family law. and the Director of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Heidi makes regular trips as counsel to the town of (far away town).
Heidi is currently the President of the Cariboo Bar Association, and a past Chair of the Cariboo Section of the Canadian Bar Association and chair of the Family Law – Kamloops Section.
She and her husband enjoy the outdoors with their horses, cats and dogs.
Education:
Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
LL.B. (1988), University of Western Ontario

Contact
T: (250) 395-3881
E: heidiz@messnerkenney.ca

Kenneth D. Smith
Kenneth was born in 100 Mile House and has strong roots in the local community. He first Joined Messner Kenney LLP in the summer of 2013, and is currently doing his articles with the firm. He will be called to the Bar in May 2014, and is expected to stay on as an associate with the firm. He currently enjoys practicing in Wills and Estates as well as Corporate, Commercial, and Real Estate Law. Outside of the office Kenneth enjoys carpentry, music, working with local charities, and most of all, spending time with his young family.
Education:
Bachelor of Arts (2010) Thompson Rivers University
Juris Doctor (2013) University of British Columbia
Contact
T: (250) 395-3881
E: ksmith@messnerkenney.ca

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