Leah Shepherd

Associate

Vancouver

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Education & Qualifications

  • British Columbia Bar (2014)
  • JD (Alberta, 2013)
  • B.Sc. (Victoria, 2008)

Leah Shepherd advises individual and corporate clients in a variety of commercial matters involving, for example, shareholder and partnership disputes, fraud and misrepresentation, directors’ and officers’ liability, breach of fiduciary duties, oppressions and derivative proceedings, contractual disputes and professional negligence and/or misconduct.

Leah has advised:

  • Companies seeking approval for plans of arrangement in the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • A mining company in proceedings before the British Columbia Securities Commission in relation to a contested private placement
  • Individual clients accused of fraud under the Securities Act before the British Columbia Securities Commission
  • Companies under investigation pursuant to Investigation Orders issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission
  • Individual clients before the British Columbia Court of Appeal stemming from findings of fraud by the British Columbia Securities Commission
  • Companies alleging breaches of contract, oppression, derivative actions and fraud before the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • She been involved in investigations of and prosecutions of lawyers practicing in the province who have engaged in professional misconduct related to securities misconduct
  • Professional advisors in investigation and enforcement proceedings involving the British Columbia Securities Commission, Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada
  • An investor with claims against a professional advisor involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties and negligence in the provision of investment advising services
  • Directors of a mining company in relation to an oppression action brought by minority shareholders
  • A licensee in investigation and enforcement proceedings before the Insurance Council of British Columbia
  • Complainants and Respondents in proceedings and mediations before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal
  • Investors in a civil action and related bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings involving an alleged Ponzi scheme before the Supreme Court of British Columbia

Leah has a particular interest in representing clients before the British Columbia Securities Commission for alleged breaches of the Securities Act, including securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, Ponzi schemes, illegal distributions and money laundering.

Leah has been called upon by the Law Society of British Columbia to review and comment on a Discipline Advisory warning lawyers practising in the province and the public about the risk that micro-cap stocks can pose to the public, as they have been used by fraudsters. Additionally, she has written an article published in Business in Vancouver providing information to the public of the “Best ways to avoid being another victim of investor fraud in B.C.” She has also been involved in investigations and prosecutions of lawyers practising in the province who have engaged in professional misconduct related to the securities market.

Leah has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia. She has represented clients in matters before the British Columbia Securities Commission, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, the Insurance Council of B.C. and the Law Society of British Columbia.

  • Member and Social Media Leader, Women’s White Collar Crime Association, Vancouver Chapter
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Trial Lawyers’ of British Columbia
  • Director, FORED B.C. Society, Charitable Organization
  • Administrative Volunteer, Access Pro Bono at the University of Alberta (2010)