Julie Shepherd
Julie Shepherd
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Julie Shepherd is a lawyer in our Calgary office focusing on commercial litigation, insurance and employment law.

Julie has represented a broad range of clients including owners, contractors, manufacturers, architectural and engineering firms in construction contract and workmanship disputes.

She regularly advises on employment matters involving claims for wrongful dismissal, breach of restrictive covenants and conducting workplace investigations.

She has extensive court appearance and has represented clients at trial in both Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench. Julie has also successfully resolved matters through alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

Value to Clients

"I am passionate about the law and resolving disputes for my clients in an efficient and practical manner. Clients often value my strong advocacy skills and ability to come up with creative solutions to the issue that they face."

Outside the Office

Julie enjoys spending time in the mountains with her young family. She is an avid hiker and snowboarder.

 

Certificate of Distinguished Public  Service
Western State University College of Law
2010
1L Moot Court Finalist
Western State University College of Law
2010
Law Review Editor
Western State University College of Law
2008-2010
Canadian Centre for  Professional Legal Education  (Bar Admission Program)
Instructor and Evaluator
2017 - 2019
Alberta Law Day
Mock Trial Coordinator
2014 - 2016
Pro Bono Law Alberta
Small Claims Duty Counsel
2012 - 2014

Resolving a Dispute with No Contract

A manufacturing client in the construction industry agreed to supply prefabricated cabinets to a commercial developer. The client hired a subcontractor to complete this work. A dispute arose when the client refused to pay the subcontractor for the cabinets, which he claimed were defective due to measurement errors. The client did not have a written contract with the subcontractor, and there was disagreement over the agreed-upon measurements.

By using indirect evidence, including text messages, emails, and public records relating to industry standards, we built a solid defence with our client. We also obtained valuable evidence when we questioned the subcontractor under oath.

In the end, we resolved the dispute with the subcontractor, and the subcontractor withdrew the claim against our client. Our client avoided lengthy litigation and was left better equipped to mitigate the risk of another dispute in the future.

Education
Western State University College of Law, 2010, Juris Doctor
University of Calgary, 2007, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,2013
California,2010