On the commercial litigation side, Sharon has represented business clients through corporate divorces where shareholder disputes are fraught with blame, suspicion, theft, forgery and fraud. Sharon assists clients with other contract disputes as well as construction contract interpretation, drafting and coordination. Sharon has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta as well as the Federal Court, administrative tribunals and arbitration panels. She also clerked to a Justice of the Federal Court and Court Martial Court of Appeal in Ottawa.
Sharon's experience includes working with oil and gas, construction, mining and real estate clients regarding contaminated lands and waterways, remediation, reclamation and related environmental matters.
She has also worked with clients to resolve Aboriginal rights, titles and land claims before the Alberta and Federal Courts.
In her OHS practice, Sharon balances issue identification, crisis management and investigation work with advice and program development to help clients identify and control hazards and prevent potential injuries and fatalities. She helps clients cope with the devastating effects of serious workplace accidents and navigate investigation processes and government demands. With the changing legal landscape in this area, Sharon is poised to help industries review and revise existing OHS frameworks and to guide organizations without existing OHS processes.
Sharon's areas of practice include:
•Corporate and commercial litigation
•Construction contract review and revisions
•OHS planning and prevention
•OHS defense work
•Environmental advising and litigation
Sharon has a psychology background and her compassion and experience with mental health issues and developmental disabilities enable her to diffuse difficult situations and reduce her clients' stress while resolving their legal issues.
I am an assertive litigator who tackles the most urgent priorities efficiently. I am responsive to clients and I maintain an excellent level of client service.
Outside of Work
When Sharon is not working and volunteering, she is spending time with her family. She enjoys running, meditation and writing - and wrote a novella while living in Mexico.
Honours and Awards
James Alexander Burgess Bryce Memorial Award University of Alberta 2004
Bennett Jones Student Scholarship University of Alberta 2001
Volunteer / Pro Bono
Pro Bono Law Alberta Volunteer Lawyer 2012-Present
Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society Director 2010-Present
Alberta Genealogical Society Director 2007-Present
Edmonton Community Legal Centre Volunteer 2002-Present
•From 2012-2014 Sharon and her team were involved in a complex shareholder dispute involving allegations of forgery, fraud and corporate mismanagement of multiple businesses. Sharon's team crafted a means of seizing control of the business and concluded the litigation out of court with her clients retaining ownership of the businesses.
•In 2014-2015 Sharon acted for parties involved in a complex set of corporate lawsuits that included allegations of theft, fraud and civil conspiracy. Some of the litigation had been ongoing for years when the client retained Field Law on an urgent basis. Sharon had to make multiple emergency court applications, often without notice to the opposing parties, to trace and freeze funds. Her clients ultimately resolved the dispute and were able to restore their personal and professional reputations.