Connected - close to home and close to the source.
First and foremost - we are Albertans. The executives at Alberta Counsel have built their lives here. We are from your communities, and we work with your associates. We understand the rapidly changing legal landscape, the impact of litigation and legal issues that challenge your businesses and families. Based in diversity and tradition, our network of legal professionals has been engaged carefully to best assist in achieving your legal goals and solve difficult problems. We have alliances with other industries to ensure you are provided the very best legal advice in a diverse range of practice areas — both here at home, and in other jurisdictions.
Jonathon Wescott Principal
After his introduction to politics as a provincial advocate for university students, Jon became a small business owner. After success in business, he relocated from southern Alberta and began a legal career, acting as both a litigator and as a business advisor. His knack for simplifying complex issues with industrious solutions makes Jon an invaluable part of the team. Additionally, Jon is the former Executive Director and General Counsel for an Alberta political party.
Bev Anderson Counsel
After being called to the Bar in 2000, Bev practiced with Anton M.S. Melnyk, Q.C., at Melnyk & Company until she relocated her practice to Alberta Counsel in March 2015. In early years, her practice was focused on family law, then she transitioned into condominium law which remains her major area of practice. She enjoys the challenge of assisting condominium Boards (and their managers) to ensure their Corporation is being well run, and in accordance with the governing legislation. As well, Beverley has been, and continues to be, active in various Canadian Bar Association sub-sections, both as a participant and as an executive member. She instructs at Metro College twice years, specifically the course, “Condominium Lifestyle: Legal Aspects”, and finds educating the public on the intricacies of living in a condominium a most rewarding undertaking.
Shayne Saskiw Counsel
Born and raised in Alberta, Shayne had the privilege of being one of the youngest MLAs elected in Alberta. As an opposition member, the Official Opposition House Leader and a tax lawyer, he knows that strength in good advocacy and strategy comes from ethical relationships and a clear message. He is an expert in using various networks and strategies to achieve his client’s objectives. Shayne maintains a focused determination on the client’s goals with integrity and creativity.
Sarah Menzies Associate
Sarah joined Alberta Counsel as a Student-At-Law in August 2015, and brings an exceptional and diverse skill set to our legal team. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she is fluent in Dutch. Sarah came to Canada to pursue her post-secondary education, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University in 2011, with her Juris Doctor following in 2015 from the University of Alberta. She currently undertakes a general law practice in all of the firm’s business and litigation areas. In addition to her affinity for the law, problem-solving skills, and organization, Sarah brings her love of people and many years of customer service experience to the table.
Shauna Gibbons Associate
Along with a background in utility regulatory law, Shauna's civil litigation practice is supported by her commitment to advocacy and effective representation and well developed skills in connecting with people from all walks of life and collaboratively achieving goals. Shauna is a proud University of Alberta graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) and a Juris Doctor. As a longtime resident and passionate member of the Edmonton community, Shauna brings a wealth of diverse experience to her practice after having been born and raised on a farm north of Edmonton and also worked in youth ministry in the United Church of Canada for 20 years.
Ed Picard Associate
Ed knows that clear and effective communication is the key to building successful relationships. He brings to Alberta Counsel a multi-disciplinary skill set from his years as a marketer, business consultant, and professional writer. Born and raised in Edmonton, Ed is an experienced litigator and has served the Alberta Court of Appeal as legal counsel. He actively supports Edmonton’s growing legal community and volunteers on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Angela Ashton Associate
Born in Edmonton and raised in Peace River, Alberta, Angela has always been an avid reader. Her passion for writing and research paved the way to law school after she obtained her undergraduate degree in English and realized the life of a journalist was not for her. She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2003, and articled with what was then Cochard Gordon, a prestigious family law firm, in Edmonton. After she was called to the Alberta Bar in August of 2004, she practised as an Associate with Ackroyd LLP. From 2005 to 2012 she worked as Legal Counsel and Assistant Program Coordinator at the Family Law Information Centre, a project managed by Alberta Justice. In the fall of 2012 she became a non-practicing lawyer in order to pursue her Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS), and focus on her growing family. Angela obtained her MLIS in April 2016, and joined Alberta Counsel as a research lawyer in June of 2017. Angela is a member of the Edmonton Law Libraries Association and buries her head in a book whenever she is able.
Fabjola Gera Student-at-Law
Fabjola returns to Alberta Counsel as a Student-at-Law having summered with the firm in 2016. She received her Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University in 2017, and spent her third year at the University of Alberta. During law school, she was a member of the Women’s Law Forum, director of communications for the Career Development Student Committee, treasurer of the Student Conference Committee, and a caseworker for the Student Legal Services Criminal Project. Fabjola earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree at MacEwan University in 2014. She was a student ambassador for four years, president of the Commerce Club, student member of the MacEwan School of Business Faculty Council, and a member Governance Remuneration Advisory Committee. She maintains a close relationship with MacEwan University, and is currently serving on the Business Alumni Advisory Council.
Monica Tran Marketing and Business Analyst
Monica will be completing her Bachelor of Commerce with Honors in June 2017 with a major in Operations Management and a minor in Mathematics and is looking forward to commencing law school at the University of Alberta in fall of 2017. During her time at university, she has supervised a low-income tax clinic, conducted outreach sessions with high school students on financial planning, and written a case on the future of Northlands for a national case competition. Monica has learned that good communication is vital to achieving any goal and she is eager to add her skill set to the team at Alberta Counsel.