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. As part of her commercial litigation practice, Sharon also resolves intellectual property disputes brought in the Alberta and Federal Courts. 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 also works with Aboriginal business clients and has worked to resolve Aboriginal rights, titles and land claims before the Alberta and Federal Courts.
Sharon is a Qualified Arbitrator and assists parties in resolving disputes outside of court through the arbitration process.
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
Value to Clients
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 maintain an excellent level of client service.
Outside the Office
When Sharon is not working and volunteering, she is spending time with her family. She enjoys running, reading and writing.
James Alexander Burgess Bryce Memorial Award
University of Alberta
Bennett Jones Student Scholarship
University of Alberta
Pro Bono Law Alberta
2012 - Present
Alberta Lawyers Assistance Society
2010 - Present
Alberta Genealogical Society
2007 - Present
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
2002 - Present
Alberta v. Suncor Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2016 ABQB 264
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2011 ABCA 289, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2011 ABQB 462, Alberta Court of Queens Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2011 ABCA 146, Alberta Court of Appeal
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2011 ABQB 191, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2011 ABCA 131, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
RIC New Brunswick Inc. v. Telecommunications Research Laboratories, 2011 ABCA 10, Alberta Court of Appeal
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2010 ABQB 761, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2010 ABQB 753, Alberta Coourt of Queen's Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2010 ABQB 590, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2010 ABQB 518, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Koerner v. Capital Health Authority, 2010 ABQB 557, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
RIC New Brunswick Inc. v. Telecommunications Research Laboratories, 2010 ABCA 227, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees v. United Nurses of Alberta, Local 168, 2009 ABCA 33, Alberta Court of Appeal
Canadian Western Bank v. 702348 Alberta Ltd., 2009 ABQB 271, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Hunter Financial Group Ltd. v. Maritime Life Assurance Company, 2008 ABQB 704, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Hunter Financial Group Ltd. v. Maritime Life Assurance Company, 2008 ABQB 787, Alberta
Hunter Financial Group Ltd. v. Maritime Life Assurance Company, 2007 ABQB 263, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
News + Views + Events
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
Don’t Let this Happen to You: Recent Developments in Occupational Health &Safety Law
Consumer Privacy and State Security: Losing our Balance
Same Sex Unions: An Introduction
Resolving a complex shareholder dispute
•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.
Solution to urgent corporate lawsuit allegations
•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.