Lawyers at Meadowridge Law LLP
Rhonda Murray, Partner
Rhonda has been practicing law for over 23 years. She enjoys assisting clients with uncontested Marriage related matters as well as Wills, Estates and Real Estate Transactions. Rhonda obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1993 from the University of British Columbia. She has spent considerable time in both Provincial and Supreme Court advocating for family law clients. While she can be a strong force to be reckoned with, Rhonda has turned her focus to less adversarial matters in recent years.
Rhonda grew up in Vancouver, moved with her young family to Maple Ridge approximately 15 years ago and has never looked back. Rhonda has a genuine love for animals and the outdoors. She served for 6 years as the sole Public Board Member for the BC Veterinary Medical Association, which she found extremely rewarding. She sponsors a foster child and believes that helping others is the cornerstone of a fulfilling life.
Nora Radac, Partner
Nora has been a lawyer for over 17 years. Born and raised in Romania, Nora attended the University of Babes Bolyai in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1999. She then practiced as in-house counsel with a Romanian bank and had regular conduct of files dealing with real estate, security transactions, foreclosure proceedings and international banking transactions. Nora emigrated to Canada in 2003 and she earned her second law degree from the University of Victoria in 2008. Nora was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2009 and she now restricts her practice to Family Law
Nora has experience appearing in both the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal. She also has extensive experience conducting Provincial Court family law hearings.
In her spare time Nora enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle, which includes skiing, hiking and biking. She is fluent in both English and Romanian.
Julia Tchezganova, Associate Lawyer
After obtaining a degree from Simon Fraser University, Julia attended the University of Victoria school of law. After spending a year abroad living in Jakarta, Indonesia where Julia worked to promote access to justice and human rights as a foreign legal consultant, Julia returned to Canada to article with a boutique Downtown firm. She attended daily court hearings where she learned how to navigate the court room.
After being recognized for her courtroom skills by a prominent senior lawyer, Julia began to practice in a well-known Downtown family law firm and continued to do so until moving out to the Tri-Cities area with her family. Julia has worked on a variety of cases, including high net-worth files, as well as cases with issues pertaining to foreign assets and businesses, challenging parenting arrangements, and any other issues that deal with divorce and separation. Julia has drafted numerous cohabitation, marriage, and separation agreements. She has successfully represented her clients during mediations and while Julia prefers to assist her clients to resolve matters outside of the court, she is not afraid to make sure that her client is well represented if the case goes to litigation. Julia is fluent in English and Russian.
Julia is an avid theatre lover, giving preference to opera and classical music performances. Outside of theatre, Julia loves to spend time outside in her backyard or on a lake with her husband and son. When Julia has a moment to be alone, you can find her with a coffee and a good book hiding in a coffee shop or a reading section of any book store.
Alexandra Watkins, Associate Lawyer
Alex was born and raised in Maple Ridge. She pursued her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of the Fraser Valley before moving to Ontario to earn her law degree at the University of Toronto in 2015. Alex then worked as an articled student and associate lawyer in the family law division of a busy boutique firm on Toronto’s Bay Street before returning to BC in 2017. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2016, and to the BC bar in 2017.
Alex has a keen interest in family law. She spent a year volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada’s Family Court Support Program, where she assisted survivors of domestic violence in navigating the legal system. She also spent a semester as a student caseworker in the University of Toronto’s family law clinic, advocating on behalf of low-income clients. Due to her time working in both Bay Street and low-income contexts, Alex has experience with the full spectrum of issues faced by separating families, including complex high-net-worth property disputes, child and spousal support claims, and parenting issues. She is a strong advocate who works hard to defend her clients’ rights, and to find efficient and cost-effective strategies for resolving their disputes - whether it calls for negotiating a separation agreement, attending mediation, or taking the matter to court.
In her spare time, Alex enjoys bowling (badly), ambitious cooking projects, and reading fiction - she counts John Irving, Italo Calvino, and Jeffrey Eugenides among her favourites.
Sam Gill, Articled Student
Sam was born and raised in Surrey, BC and joined Meadowridge Law in March 2017.
Prior to attending law school, Sam completed his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. As a part of his degree, Sam completed a field practice with a large firm in Langley, BC. This ultimately convinced him to pursue a career in law.
He thereafter decided to go down under and attend law school in Gold Coast, Australia at Bond University where he obtained his Juris Doctor Law Degree.
Sam returned to Canada and started his articling with Meadowridge Law in September 2017. Sam has appeared in the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court and has assisted senior lawyers on numerous family and estate matters.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and friends, and reading. After having the privilege of playing youth soccer overseas in England and Australia, Sam has continued to play in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League at the Premier level with a local Surrey club team. He has given back to the sport by coaching the youth within the club.