I am proud to be a personal injury lawyer at Murphy Battista’s Kelowna office.
I grew up in Kelowna and then moved to the Yukon before eventually going to law school in Vancouver. After graduating, I took a position at one of the top defence firms in Vancouver, where I practiced for five years. During my time on the ‘defence side’, I gained valuable experience defending a variety of different entities including businesses, hospitals, dentists, chiropractors, and other lawyers. I also acted for municipalities as well as defended motor vehicle and occupiers liability claims.
When I made the decision to move my family back to Kelowna, I decided it was time to start advocating for accident victims rather than against them. I grew tired of acting for massive, faceless insurance companies. Murphy Battista is well known in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia as being tough as nails and willing to take on difficult and challenging cases. When I heard that they were opening a Kelowna office, I jumped at the chance to get on board.
At Murphy Battista, our clients are referred to us from former clients and other lawyers. You won’t see our name on a billboards and busses. We are one of the top personal injury firms in BC – not due to marketing but from the hard work and amazing results that result in client referrals. I enjoy representing my clients in a large variety of claims including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice claims, occupier liability claims (trip and falls), class action lawsuits, and claims against insurance companies for wrongfully terminating benefits or denying coverage.
Please call or email me, and I would be happy to discuss your claim with you and to see if we can help.
- UBC, JD, 2009
- UVic, B.Comm with distinction, 2001
- Member, Law Society of BC
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
- Speaker at the 2015 “Civil Litigation Basics,” Continuing Legal Education course on the topics of closing documents: drawing up and entering orders, settlement agreements, and post-judgment execution.
- Contributing author, “Civil Procedure – Costs” section of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s Annual Review of Law & Practice
- Co-author, Costs section of the British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook.
Disclaimer: The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts and unique circumstances in each individual case. References to successful case results where the lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP have acted for clients are not necessarily a guarantee or indicative of future results.
Keri Grenier and Matthew Van Nostrand acted for the plaintiff in this case involving the impact of injuries caused in two separate rear-end collisions. In the first accident, Ms. Pinkney hit her head and lost consciousness for a short time and was treated for injuries to her neck, back, and thumb. The second accident was less severe, aggravating the initial injuries and setting back the progress she had been making in her recovery. The main issue at trial was the impact of Ms. Pinkney’s injuries on her ability to work in the family business. Although the business grew after the accidents (causing ICBC to argue that there was no loss), Ms. Pinkney’s involvement diminished, meaning that the business was less profitable than it would have been had Ms. Pinkney not been injured. The court ultimately found that Ms. Pinkney’s ability to earn income was impacted, and awarded $442,600 in damages.
In the News
Murphy Battista LLP, committed to supporting Brain Trust Canada’s Free Brain Injury Counselling Services in the Okanagan
October 30, 2019
Bill Dick, Q.C., Keri Grenier, Matthew Van Nostrand, and Peter Driscoll were recently profiled by BrainTrust Canada regarding the firm’s contribution to BrainTrust’s free Okanagan Brain Injury Counselling services. Bill, Keri, Matt, and Peter each have experience helping clients deal with personal injury claims involving brain injuries. Supporting free counselling…Continue Reading
You’ve Been in a Cycling Accident Involving a Motor Vehicle – What do you do?
July 24, 2019
Summer has finally reached our beautiful province. However, with summer weather, bicycle accidents are at their peak. ICBC estimates that 740 cyclists are injured in car crashes from June to September every year. Last year, cyclist Anthony Floyd was involved in a collision when a driver pulled into a cycling…Continue Reading
Left Turn Accidents. What to Do if You’ve been Hit While Turning Left at an Intersection?
January 8, 2019
You’ve been hit by a car while turning left at an intersection and ICBC has told you it’s your fault – what can you do? First of all, ICBC’s determination of fault is not the final word. Ultimately, it’s up to a judge to decide. But practically speaking, if ICBC…Continue Reading
November 12, 2015
It’s that time of year again in BC – the clocks have been turned back and, for most of us, it’s dark on our commute home. It’s also raining frequently, and soon to be snowing, depending on where you live. This impacts both visibility and braking. For pedestrians, this can…Continue Reading
TLABC, Presenter – “Where, When & How to Launch a Claim,” May 11, 2019
- Director of the BC Cycling Coalition
- Steering Committee Member for the MS Society of BC
- Board Member, Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition
- Founder, Fulgas Cycling Club
Matthew and Stacey! Thank you for your hard work and for providing support during the agonizing process of dealing with ICBC. This team comes highly recommended. Thank you for everything!
I have been working with Matthew Van Nostrand for some time and have found him to be the best lawyer I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He listens to my desires and used his skills and expertise to do the very best for me . I will always go to Matthew first for any legal needs , because of his knowledge and abilities as a lawyer and also because of his heart! Deborah D.
I am more than happy with the work that Mathew Van Nostrand did for me. He’s a great lawyer, he explained how things would work & kept me informed. Thank you Mathew for winning my case for me
Matthew Van Nostrand – on a private insurance matter – went above and beyond the call of duty. Very pleased. Ethical and above board.
Jed Carter5Murphy Battista LLP was a very professional firm to deal with. Matthew Van Nostrand went way above and beyond any expectations. I would describe him as always prompt, professional and thoughtful. Mine wasn’t really a case he could take on but instead of sending me on my way he helped me through every step of my correspondence and negotiation with the insurance adjuster in regards to a significant property loss. His expertise, insight and ability to explain technicalities in layman’s terms were crucial in navigating this process. I highly recommend this firm and Matthew Van Nostrand in particular. I know this will be my first stop any time the need should arise.
I can’t say enough about how amazing Matthew was helping us in our case against cooperators insurance. He helped us through the whole process and helped alleviate a huge amount of stress. He did a lot of work on our behalf and our family will be forever grateful. I would definitely hire him if needed again and strongly recommend him to anyone that needs help.
T. Severin CBD Advocate5
I cannot say enough about the staff at this location Bill Cathy and Matt were instrumental in my son getting back on his feet …their compassion and hard work throughout the last four years cannot be repaid with a simple thank you . Grateful Mom
Working with Matthew was a pleasure and a very good experience. He was very methodical in his approach and showed great empathy with my difficult and delicate case. After much persistence and patience, he won my case and now I have my life back again. I would highly recommend Matthew and his firm to anyone needing special assistance and care.
Top professional approach by Matthew Van Nostrand and the firm. They are very results oriented and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them!!
Working with Matthew Van Nostrand of Murphy Battista made things easy and seamless and was a pleasure to deal with. He knew how to handle the situation with ease and confidence and I would highly recommend him. It is nice to have worked with a lawyer and law firm that makes the process easy rather than difficult. Thumbs up!
I enjoy representing my clients in a large variety of claims including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice claims, occupier liability claims (trip and falls), class action lawsuits, and claims against insurance companies for wrongfully terminating benefits or denying coverage.