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 Wescottt 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.
Allison Boutillier Associate
Before joining Alberta Counsel, Allison practiced as a civil litigator at a mid-sized corporate commercial firm in Edmonton. She previously articled with the same firm and completed a clerkship at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Allison attended law school at the University of Alberta, where she graduated first in her class (gold medalist). During law school, Allison was the recipient of a number of other academic awards, including the Dr. Hazel Rutherford McCuaig Prize in Property Law, the Dr. Alexander Smith, Q.C. Prize in the subject of Contract Law, the Thomas Janakas and Peter Yanakas Memorial Prize in Criminal Law, the Cruickshank Karvellas Prize in Taxation, and the Adams Trust Oil and Gas Prize. Allison is currently Co-Chair of the CBA Alberta North Administrative Law Section.
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.
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.
Keith Pridgen Law Researcher and Analyst
Before joining Alberta Counsel, Keith spent several years as a political staffer at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, working for the official opposition. Keith received his Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida in 2017. During law school, Keith received Book Awards for Federal Civil Procedure, Taxation, Tax Procedure, and Tax Crimes. A Graduate Fellow, Keith also received a Business Law Certificate, focusing on US tax law. Keith earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2011. While attending the U of C, Keith successfully challenged the university in Pridgen v. University of Calgary, 2012 ABCA 139, a freedom of speech and administrative law case. He is a Blackstone Fellow and a member of MENSA and the Federalist Society.
Monica Tran Summer Student
Monica Tran has just completed her first year of law school and is looking forward to joining the team at Alberta Counsel this summer. Having worked at Alberta Counsel last summer, she is excited to be back among familiar faces and to bring what she has learned in the past year to the firm. During her first year at law school, she was fortunate to participate in Student Legal Services’ criminal and civil law projects as a caseworker and in Law Show. Monica earned her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours at the University of Alberta in 2017, where she oversaw a low-income tax clinic, wrote the case for a national case competition, and conducted research on whether NHL goalies have hot streaks in the playoffs.
Richard Schaub Summer Student
Richard Schaub is a 3rd year law student at the University of Alberta and is excited to summer with Alberta Counsel. Richard received his Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Major in Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. During this time, Richard was a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team where he specialized in sprinting and jumping. Throughout Law School, Richard has been a member of Student Legal Services as a Criminal Law Caseworker. Also, Richard is an active member of the Law Rugby team, The Golden Bearisters, and participated in Law Show.