Lawrence W. Donald, LL.B, C.Arb.
Lawrence founded Donald Legal Services (predecessor firm to Donald & Kehler Law Office) in 1994. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1979.
Lawrence carries on a general practice that includes commercial, residential and agricultural transactions on behalf of vendors, purchasers and secured parties, condominium and subdivision development, and petroleum and natural gas leasing. He provides estate planning and administration services and he is also involved in labour and employment-related matters.
As a litigator in civil, domestic and criminal proceedings, Lawrence has appeared before all levels of Manitoba courts, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Tax Court of Canada, as well as numerous administrative tribunals.
Lawrence is also trained in the Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques of arbitration, mediation and negotiation and has conducted seminars on these subjects:
As an arbitrator, Lawrence has ruled on disputes under the Western Grains Transportation Act and chaired the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal in addition to adjudicating private disputes as a Chartered Arbitrator.
Mediation services are provided in commercial disputes and to assist separating couples, resolve property, support and parenting issues. Lawrence was a contract mediator under the Farm Debt Mediation Act for 10 years.
In the community, Lawrence has taken a leadership role in organizations such as Brandon and District United Way (Board chairman and fundraising campaign chairman), Brandon Chamber Players Inc., Special Olympics Canada 2006 Summer Games and the Kiwanis Club of Brandon. He has also volunteered his time and expertise to numerous other organizations including: Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition Inc., Brandon Youth Hockey Association, Brandon Youth Soccer Association, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, Assiniboine Community College and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (Western) as well as assisting with capital fundraising projects for various community organizations.
Lawrence and his wife, Brenda, have two adult children.
Jarett D. Kehler B.A., LL.B.
Jarett joined Donald Legal Services as the firm was formerly known, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2007. He has a general legal practice with a focus on real estate law.
Real estate services provided by Jarett include vendor-purchaser, condominium and subdivision development, related security transactions, landlord and tenant issues, corporate and commercial transactions, and debtor/creditor dispute resolution. His solicitor practice also includes wills, estate planning and administration.
Jarett grew up in Brandon and earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Business Administration, from Brandon University, in 1999. After teaching in Japan and working in business in Alberta, Jarett graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2006.
Jarett and his wife, Cindy, have six children and love the activity of a large family.
Rhea Majewski, B.A., Hons., J.D.
Rhea joined Donald Legal Services as the firm was then known, in 2014 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2015. She is the recipient of the Borden Ladner Gervais Award for Professional Excellence and dedication to the community as well as the Tory LLP writing award. She has a general practice focusing on civil litigation and family law.
In the community Rhea regularly volunteers for the Women’s Resource Centre and the Brandon Helping Hands Soup Kitchen. She is an active cyclist who enjoys training and fundraising for the Riding Mountain Challenge MS Bike Ride. Rhea also has a Bernese Mountain Dog that she enjoys walking and carting around the community.
Shea Peplinskie B.A Hons.,M.A., J.D.
Shea joined Donald & Kehler Law Office in 2021 as an Articling Student, after graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. During her time in law school, she received the D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize for earning the top grade in Aboriginal Law Criminal Justice and Family. She also participated in the Solomon Greenberg Trial Moot Competition and was the National Director of Advocacy for the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada.
Shea was called to the bar in May of 2022 and is now an associate with the firm and is building a general practice focusing on family law, employment law and civil litigation. In the community, Shea volunteers for the Women’s Resource Centre. She is an avid culinarian who enjoys cooking and baking. Shea is a proud dog mom to an English Cocker Spaniel, Lou, who she enjoys spoiling.
Fern Majewski is a rambunctious Bernese Mountain Dog and has been a member of the Donald & Kehler team since March 2020 when she joined Rhea Majewski’s household. Fern was born just before the pandemic and joined the office during the height of virtual meetings. Fern can sometimes be shy and occasionally vocal. Fern’s hobbies include playing tug, snuggling, and hunting for treats. Fern attends Donald & Kehler on a part-time basis but when she’s at the office she can usually be found cruising the hallways or snoozing.
Maude Majewski is a Bernese Mountain Dog and has been a member of the Donald & Kehler team since 2014 when she joined with Rhea Majewski. Maude was born in 2012 and attended two years of law school with Rhea as the mascot for the Feminist Legal Forum. Maude’s hobbies include looking for treats, snoozing and getting pets from the staff. She can usually be found snoozing in the hallways of our office and can sometimes be heard snoring. Maude’s always willing to sit in on a stressful meeting and give some much-needed affection to those involved (unless it conflicts with her snack schedule, in which case she’ll see you later).