Legal matters are complex
Unfamiliar processes and language can be overwhelming
A small error or overlooked detail could create big problems
How do you choose the right lawyer?
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Approachable. Relational. Invested.
We understand that legal processes and language can be intimidating and confusing. We also know that some valid thoughts and feelings come with the events surrounding a legal need. The team at Cherkowski Marsden LLP are caring human beings who have been in your shoes. We have bought and sold property, dealt with personal planning, experienced the legal side of a death, and we own businesses. We understand why things feel confusing and want to alleviate your overwhelm.
As lawyers and legal professionals, we have spent decades giving clients clarity and confidence in our specialized practice areas. We’re here to make sure everything goes smoothly so you can look ahead to life on the other side of your legal matter. When you need us next time, we’ll be here.
Steven T. Tiainen
Steve Tiainen is a corporate/commercial lawyer based in our Salmon Arm office. He has been practicing law for 25 years, the last 5 in the Shuswap. He deals with a wide range of corporate, commercial, sales, acquisitions, financing, leasing, contractual and other business matters. Steve’s broad experience in business law has provided him with an appreciation and understanding of the issues and challenges facing large and small businesses. Steve strives to provide practical legal advice in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
Steve holds both an LL.B (Hons.) and LL.M in Corporate & Commercial Law from the University of London, England and practiced with law firms in London and in Vancouver before relocating to Salmon Arm in 2016. Steve is an avid cross-country skier, member of the Larch Hills Nordic Society, long-distance hiker, mountaineer and world traveller. He sits on the Board of the Shuswap Trail Alliance and loves spending time with his young family.
Zach is an associate lawyer at Cherkowski Marsden LLP with a practice focused on corporate commercial law, real estate, and wills and estates.
Zach has been involved in a wide range of business law matters including asset and share purchase transactions, corporate incorporations and reorganizations, commercial financing, leasing, and commercial and residential real estate transactions.
Zach received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Victoria in 2011 before obtaining his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Zach was called to the bar in 2015 and, prior to joining Cherkowski Marsden, he practiced income tax law in Vancouver and Kelowna.
Outside of the office, Zach immerses himself in the ski, wine and culinary experiences that the Okanagan has to offer. He is currently a community member of the North Okanagan Clinical Ethics Committee.
Mike is an associate lawyer based in our Salmon Arm office. He was born and raised in Salmon Arm and is proud to practice law in the community where he grew up. Mike practices in a variety of areas, including real estate, wills and estates, and corporate/commercial law. Mike maintains a particular focus on all aspects related to real estate, including construction projects, commercial and residential acquisitions and dispositions, financing and leasing.
Mike received a Bachelor of Science with distinction from the University of Victoria before obtaining his law degree from the University of Victoria. Prior to returning to the Shuswap, he practiced corporate/commercial and real estate law with an international business law firm in Vancouver.
Real Estate Assisant
Corporate & Commercial Assistant
Estate Planning & Estate
Runner / Office Assistant
Real Estate Assistant
Real Estate Assistant
Estate Planning & Estate
Karl T. Marsden
Karl has been practicing law for 40 years. He was called to the bar July 10, 1981 and has enjoyed every drink! Karl has considerable and comprehensive experience with residential and commercial real estate transactions, along with wills and estates. Having served on a number of non-profit boards including the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vernon), the North Okanagan Community Living Association, and Vernon Ringette Association, Karl loves being involved with the local community. In addition, he has also coached for the soccer and ringette teams in the Vernon area.
In his spare time, Karl enjoys spending time with his family. He can be found skiing and snowshoeing on the local mountains in the winter or hiking in the warmer months. A particular favourite of his is the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island
Kevin E. Cherkowski
Kevin is one of two partners at Cherkowski Marsden LLP. He and his law partner, Karl T. Marsden, established the firm in 2017 with the goal of providing exceptional service and legal advice in the areas of real estate, estate planning and business law. Kevin has extensive experience in those areas of law and is the preferred real estate lawyer to a number of real estate agents and brokerages and the preferred banking lawyer to a number of financial institutions and private lenders.
Kevin is actively involved in the community—he has served as a director on a number of boards and volunteered his time coaching youth baseball, soccer and hockey. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and can often be seen on the golf course, in local hockey arenas and on local mountain biking and snowshoe trails.
Sheridan is an associate lawyer at Cherkowski Marsden LLP. She has been practicing law since 2011 in a variety of practice areas including real estate, commercial, corporate and employment and human rights law. Sheridan advises companies on matters such as leasing, financing, corporate structuring, start-up, asset and share purchase or sales, and drafting shareholder agreements. In addition, Sheridan helps individuals buy and sell real estate and assists in estate planning through the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and representation agreements. Throughout her career, Sheridan has also acted for a number of not-for-profit corporations and societies.
In addition to practicing law, Sheridan and her husband owned and operated a successful business in the natural gas industry for 15 years. She was also an instructor at Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University. She has served as a director of both the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and Food Action Society of the North Okanagan and served for three years as the Vice-President of the Vernon Bar Association. She is currently the Vice-President of the BiodiverCity Foundation and serves as a member of the Community Futures Loans Committee.
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At Cherkowski Marsden LLP, we know that you want to feel secure about your legal preparations and transactions. To do that, you need lawyers who make the process clear and take care of every detail. The problem is knowing which lawyer to choose for the particular life or business event you are dealing with.
You deserve law professionals with focused experience in your area of need. We understand that the legal processes can be intimidating, which is why we work as a small, suit-free firm focused on client comfort and clarity. We’ll walk you through a straightforward process until your legal situation is resolved.
If you have a life or business experience that requires a lawyer, call our office to speak with Karl, Kevin, or Sheridan today. If you’d prefer to email a specific question, you can send it to one of our practice departments. Stop feeling vulnerable to an overlooked detail in a confusing legal transaction. Be confident, knowing you have the right lawyer taking care of you and your details.
SALMON ARM OFFICE*
351 Alexander Street NE, Unit A
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4H7
Phone: (250) 803-9171
Fax: (250) 803-9165
P.O. Box 789
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1E7