OUR TEAM

We are ready to help you.

At Shankar Law Office we give you cost effective, individualized attention. We carefully review each case in detail and create a strategy to achieve your desired outcome. We pledge to give you the care you deserve, every step of the way. 

RAM SHANKAR​​
Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public

After receiving my Masters of Law from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I worked on humanitarian and development issues internationally for over 23 years. Since opening my practice in Owen Sound and Port Elgin, I have been a huge advocate for mediation and out of court settlements.  I believe that many issues can be settled with a collaborative effort between lawyers and parties. Family, Criminal, Civil Litigation, Estates, Wills and Real Estate are just a few of the areas that round out my legal expertise, making me a versatile choice as a lawyer. I regularly practice in the Walkerton, Owen Sound, Goderich and Collingwood court houses, in the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justices. I am extremely committed to carefully LISTENING to each client's needs and fearlessly, zealously and effectively representing your needs to the Court by thorough preparation, research and presentation. I am passionate about my work, and to achieve results that YOU, the client, is happy with. I am extremely quick to respond to client communications and to ensure that you are stress free and feel confident about your case. I look forward to hearing from you.
MICHAELA ATHERTON
JD, Lawyer

Michaela joined Shankar Law Office as the firm’s second lawyer in 2020, practicing in the areas of criminal and family law. Michaela has appeared in criminal and family courts in the Greater Toronto Area and in the Grey Bruce Region, both in-person and virtually.

 

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, Michaela received her Juris Doctor from Western Law in 2019. She completed an internship with the Crown Attorney’s office in Toronto and then articled with Legal Aid Ontario where she practiced criminal law and refugee law.

 

Michaela is passionate about improving access to justice for everyone. She strives to help clients have their voice heard and to help clients understand their legal issues and rights.

 

Michaela grew up in Toronto and lived in London, Ontario for school. Since settling in Port Elgin, she has enthusiastically embraced life in Grey Bruce. Outside of the office, Michaela can be found playing hockey, biking up the Lake Huron coast, or spending time with her family and friends.

VICKY-LYNNE HICKS

Office Manager

Owen Sound & Port Elgin Offices

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Vicky brings with her to Shankar Law over 25 plus years of Management experience.  She is an exceptional team leader who actively works alongside the clerking staff to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of customer service.  She expanded her management skills during her most recent employment as a District Manager with the Owen Sound Sun Times, overseeing a staff of 50.  She is an advocate for the youth in our community and has demonstrated this in the past by serving as Secretary Director for Big Brothers of Owen Sound for over 13 years.  During her tenure with Big Brothers she actively participated in many fundraising events, developing strong ties with a variety of members in our community.  Vicky is a detail-oriented, computer-savvy administrative professional with versatile office management skills acquired through years of experience as an electrical contractor in the construction sector.  You can contact Vicky at vhicks.shankarlaw@gmail.com

JACQUI ARMSTRONG

Paralegal

Owen Sound Office​​
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Over twenty years’ experience in legal and property management with the skills and experience to transcend industries. After nine years of property management, she started her legal career in 2003 with an Owen Sound Law Firm researching and analyzing law sources to prepare drafts of briefs and arguments for civil litigation, criminal, small claims, and estates. She also searched property titles, prepared real estate documentation and managed the daily operations of the law firm. During this time, Jacqui was the recipient of the Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce Award of Georgian College for Community Involvement in Entrepreneurship in 2006, and the Clare Christie Award for demonstrating leadership in improving the Owen Sound and District Environment in 2007. In 2013, Jacqui decided to further her legal career as a Paralegal and attended the CTS Canadian Career College where she graduated in 2014 with honors. Jacqui assists Mr. Shankar in Real Estate, Criminal, Civil Litigation & Provincial Offences. You can contact Jacqui at jarmstrong.shankarlaw@gmail.com

CRYSTAL BELL

Paralegal / Law Clerk

Owen Sound Office

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A licensed paralegal, extremely competent and hard working team member, Crystal completed her studies at Mohawk College in Hamilton and  completed the paralegal licensing exam in 2017 . With Shankar Law Office, Crystal assists with Family, civil and criminal laws and will assist you with any paperwork under Mr. Shankar's guidance that is required in these areas. Crystal pays careful and close attention to the client's wishes and provides thorough follow up. You can contact Crystal at cbell.shankarlaw@gmail.com

IRENE COLLINS

Law Clerk

Port Elgin Office

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Irene completed the legal assistant program at Loyalist College in 2013 and began work as a Law Clerk soon after developing her skills in family, criminal and civil law, wills and estates and real estate law. Irene is detail oriented and is a very dedicated member of the team at Shankar Law Office.  You can contact Irene by email at icollins.shankarlaw@gmail.com

MELANIE TURNER

Law Clerk

Port Elgin Office

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Melanie has an honours bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Law from the University of London. Melanie has been working as a law clerk for over 10 years, with experience in areas of real estate, corporate, civil litigation, wills and estate and criminal law. With Shankar Law, Melanie assists with real estate, civil litigation, wills and estates. You can contact Melanie by email at mturner.shankarlaw@gmail.com

AMANDA HURLEY

Law Clerk

Owen Sound Office

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TERRA VAN VUGT

Office Assistant

Owen Sound Office

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As your first point of contact at Shankar Law Office, Terra is an empathetic listener who strives to provide excellent client service each time she answers the phone or greets you in the Owen Sound Office. Terra will ensure your questions and concerns are heard, without judgement and directed to the appropriate law clerk, paralegal, Lawyer or manager here at Shankar Law Office.  You can contact Terra by email at tvanvugt.shankarlaw@gmail.com

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PORT ELGIN OFFICE:

582 Hepner Cresent

Port Elgin, Ontario N0H 2C0

Tel: 226-256-8054 x 106

 

OWEN SOUND OFFICE:

968 - 2nd Avenue West

Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 4M7

Tel: 226-256-8054 x 102

 

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