Catherine Christensen (Lawyer, Call Sign: Empress)
Catherine Christensen is the owner and founder of Valour Law. When she studied military law in law school, the Lt Colonel who taught the course encouraged her to work with military families since she “got it” even as a civilian.
She brings a wealth of life experience to her law practice that gives her an insight into the realties and solutions twisted up in any legal issue. Catherine’s biggest joy from being a lawyer is getting closure for her clients so they can move on with their life. She gives clients the options to get to their “clean break” and she makes a complicated situation less complicated for everyone involved.
Her clients appreciate her open mind, quick wit and no-nonsense, non-judgemental approach. Catherine is known as a strong advocate for her clients in Court and up the Chain of Command when it is needed to defend one of her guys. Her military clients love that she understands their lingo—from the recce to the intel to knowing that situational awareness is crap without situational understanding when planning the best tactics to use in the battle.
Catherine has represented members of all the branches of the Canadian military. She has dealt with the issues of the guys in the ranks and the guys in the officer corp. It is not uncommon for her to take on cases where a former partner wants to move the kids to the other side of the country, claims from former spouses for an extra cut of a soldier’s biggest asset—his pension–and extracting guys from messy domestic situations where the ex is trying to use military service as a parenting liability to deny them parenting time with the kids.
She has gone as high as the Court of Appeal to fight for a soldier dad. She also deals with VAC to assist veterans with their disability claims. One client thought he had a knee claim and after a review—he actually had 8 claims related to his service. Catherine passionately goes balls to the wall for what a military member wants should they be badly hurt or killed — documents properly done are essential in a military career and the one page crap handed out in deployment briefings doesn’t cut it..
Catherine is an active supporter of the military community. Valour Law often donates items for fundraising auctions as well as the whole team attending charity events to support such causes as the PPCLI Foundation, Heroes Hockey Challenge and the Yellow Ribbon Gala. She has been a House Ambassador for Valour Place, a “home away from home” for military families needing medical care. She has also been a frequent presenter and advisor at the Edmonton Garrison working with the MFRC where she provides military families with the information they need for their unique family law matters and estate planning needs for deployments around the world.
When not practising law, Catherine likes to travel and read trashy novels. She also likes to follow the latest archaeology news from around the world. She lives in the St. Albert area with her grown up son and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Miles (yeah, he hangs out at the office a lot of days to share his sweet personality with our clients). She looks forward to her son’s career as an airline pilot so he can fly his great mom all over the place (he hasn’t convinced her to buy him his own plane and runway… yet).
Michelle Roe (Lawyer, Call Sign: Lucky)
Michelle started her legal education and career in Dublin, Ireland where she was born and raised. During and after her legal education Michelle had various positions in criminal law firms in Dublin. Before moving to Canada with her family, she completed the Law Society of Ireland Entrance Examinations.
Since moving to Canada in 2013, Michelle and her family have called Edmonton their home (despite only coming to Canada for a year or two for some experience they fell in love–not with the snow—and decided to stay). On arriving to Canada, she quickly got into the legal field and worked as a legal assistant/paralegal in a number of law firms in Edmonton. Before she knew it, she was challenging the National Committee on Accreditation exams (NCA), which would enable her to begin her legal career in Alberta. Upon completing her NCA exams, she completed her articles and was admitted to the Bar in 2017.
Michelle has experience and keen interests in the areas of family law and child protection. Michelle also has experience in estate planning and real estate and would be happy to assist you with your legal matters. Michelle is a great advocate for her clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. She uses her excellent negotiating skills and sound judgment to assist clients in resolving matters outside the courtroom; however, if the situation calls for litigation, Michelle is ready to take the client’s matters to court. Michelle has acquired a great deal of courtroom experience as she has appeared at the Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench at various locations in Alberta and the Court of Appeal.
Preparation is an important part of Michelle’s practice and her clients enjoy the benefits of her attention to detail, efficiency and readiness at all times. Michelle listens to her clients and has the ability to make sure she is on the same level whether it is a simple matter or complex one.
Michelle enjoys volunteering for charities and organising events. She participates in Elizabeth Fry programs and Edmonton Court Law Day.
When not working on clients’ files, Michelle enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her family. She keeps fit by being part of a CrossFit community. She also enjoys spoiling the family’s two dogs. When she can find any more time in her busy schedule she enjoys socializing with her Irish ex-pat community!
Naomi Auber (Paralegal, Call Sign: Guard-at-the-Gate)
Naomi is an ex-pat Brit who is here in Alberta (which she fondly refers to as “the Arctic Tundra” — she refuses to acclimate) with her retired Patricia, actively looking for ways to enjoy this land a bit more – please send her any staycation referrals. She hopped the pond about 17 years ago, but is told her accent is still present, so Catherine shamelessly has her on the phones with her posh tones (but Ladouce is the multilingual mastermind).
She met her Patricia on holidays in Cuba and hasn’t looked back.
When not at the office you can find her walking with her Rottweiler, sipping tea, and causing the usual mayhem (this is privileged information, right?).
She volunteers her time as a vigilante veteran aide, and makes all the referrals to appropriate mental health resources if needed (shoot her a message and she’ll be happy to help where she can).
Catherine scooped her up and introduced her to the legal industry in 2016. Since she’s dipped her toes in, she’s been seriously considering taking the plunge to law school.
She enjoys the many perks of her job, and editing the hell out of documents (her English teachers would be so proud). She’s happy to serve those that have and continue to serve our nation.
Lindsay (Guard-at-the-Gate for the Home Front)
Lindsay was born and raised in St. Albert, but also lived on the family farm in Saskatchewan.. After graduating from SACHS, she achieved her Professional Paralegal Diploma in 2005. Lindsay has had the opportunity to dapple in all areas of law. Real Estate was her calling.
Lindsay tailors her real estate skills to meet the needs of various clients. And she’s funny as hell.
On Lindsay’s off time, first and foremost she loves spending quality time with her husband, 2 children and 2 wolf hounds, on their farm.
Gardening and fishing are her favourite past times in the hot season. However, all year long is concert season with her Twin Sis and her almost of age daughter (Eeeekk) getting their groove on.
But wait there’s more……
GO RIDERS GO!!
Nick (Crankshaft; Intern)
Nick is currently a full-time member of the Canadian Forces specializing in the restoration of museum pieces (commonly referred to as a vehicle technician repairing the fleet of the Canadian military).
When he is not swearing at the antiques, he can be found glued to his computer screen at MacEwan University where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in anticipation of entry into law school.
He has been posted to Edmonton since 2006, following training in St. Jean and Borden and has never looked back (apparently the air here is better).
Nick entered the legal field in 2018 via trial by fire following what likely amounted to a mid-life crisis, also known as his decision to enter law.
He enjoys anything from drafting documents to pondering complex legal conundrums (unbeknownst to him, legalese is his second language).
He has always been driven and motivated to help his fellow soldier, now volunteering his time at the firm to do so.
Kingsley (Top Dog in the Office)
Most days our office has the friendliest Rottweiler on the planet hanging out and looking for petting opportunities (and treats… don’t forget the treats).
He’s up for joining in on meetings and being that quiet support on tough days.
When he’s off duty from the demands of a busy law firm, he looks after his retired Patricia and his wife, plus baby boy who has joined the family.
Miles (Top Dog in the Office in Training)
Miles is our latest puppy addition.
His Mum and Dad are therapy dogs so this puffy ball of fur and energy loves to make people smile even on their bad days.
He’s especially keen to trade love for treats (might have learned that from Kingsley…hmmm).
When he’s not at the office, he hangs out at the Boss’ house contemplating the Universe from his podium in the backyard.