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Local (867) 668-2600 • Toll Free 1-877-668-8882
info@shierlaw.ca
Whitehorse, Yukon
Helping people who have been
injured, abused or wronged.
Personal Injury Law
Abuse Law
Employment Law

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We act for people who have been injured, abused or wronged.
That's it. We don't act for the other side.
Our Focus is on You.

What We Do



Personal Injury Law

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, Product Liability, and other Negligence Claims that have resulted in injury.

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If you have been seriously injured, we should talk.
  • Brain Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Significant Soft Tissue Injuries including Whiplash

This is the core of our practice. For many years, Dan has been working with people who have been seriously injured in car crashes, sports and recreation incidents, and slip and fall injuries at commercial premises such as grocery stores, shopping malls and other commercial and public spaces.

Personal Injury claims start with a discussion with you. We will talk about the event, the injuries you have suffered, and how those injuries have affected all aspects of your life.

One major result of physical injury is the effect upon your mental well-being. Physical injuries cause mental pain. We understand that. We will work with you to make sure you are receiving accident benefits and appropriate services to help you get better. We will work to get the best settlement. If necessary, we will go to trial and get judgment against the wrongdoer.

We work with renowned experts in rehabilitation and the assessment of physical and emotional injuries. We also work with engineers and other experts to help us understand how you were injured and to help us prove fault.

Bottom line: We work hard to get the best result.

Please call us to talk about your case.

Residential School and Sexual Abuse Law

Sexual and Serious Physical Abuse Claims arising from Residential Schools anywhere in Canada and from Schools, Group Homes and other Institutions in Yukon and B.C.

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We handle many abuse claims. Based on our years of experience with personal injury claims, we know the deep emotional impact any injury has, and in particular injuries to children at the hands of people who should be caring for them. We will work with you and your support team to help you find your voice and speak up against abusers.

Residential School IAP Claims

Most claims under the Independent Assessment Process set up under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement are already resolved. However, we know that there are people who do not yet have lawyers and would like some legal help.

If you have not yet filed a claim, you may be able to do so in special situations. Otherwise, you may be able to start a claim through the Court, as set out in the information about Sexual Abuse Claims. Please give us a call.

If you have an ongoing IAP claim and would like us to assist you, please give us a call. Our job is to assist you in this process so that it is as helpful to you as it can be.

There are a number of steps in this process, which are set out below:
  1. Counselling and Support. Because the IAP process will bring up many memories, it is important that you have support as you move through the process. We strongly recommend that you have counselling, and carry on with it throughout the process. We will work with you to set up counseling and identify a support person.
  2. Gathering information. We will request documents from all the sources we need, so that we have a complete record of events in your life.
  3. Learning your Story. This can be quite a lengthy process. We will work with you at your pace and in a safe, respectful and supportive manner.
  4. Completing the Application. Once we have learned your Story, we will then fill out any additional information forms needed.
  5. Preparing for Hearing. We will continue to talk with you about your claim as we move toward the Hearing. Because working in the IAP often involves ongoing disclosure, there may be additional information that you wish us to know that may be helpful in your case. We can discuss this. At the same time, it is important that you continue with counselling/support.
  6. The Hearing. The hearing is your day. It is an opportunity for you to tell your Story to an Adjudicator who has been hired to make a decision in your case. The Hearing is a non-adversarial process: no one cross-examines you. It is not like being in a courtroom. You have a conversation with the Adjudicator who is there to learn your Story. Your team is with you. Your lawyer is there. Your counsellor/support can attend, and you can have additional people with you for support. Not all of those need to be in the Hearing room. Sometimes it is helpful just to have people nearby.
  7. Post-Hearing Steps. Once the hearing is completed, there may be additional steps that the Adjudicator requires us to take. We can discuss these as we get close to the Hearing and we have a better idea about what might be required.
  8. Conclusion. The Adjudicator will write a decision. If the decision requires Canada to pay compensation, then we will receive the settlement funds from Canada and put them into our trust account. We will deduct our fee and pay out the balance to you.

Sexual Abuse Claims

We know that the abuse was not confined to Residential Schools. We are currently working on many cases involving public schools, group homes, and other institutions. We have successfully negotiated settlements in many cases of this type.

Making a claim will be an important part of your healing journey and may at times be difficult. Our job is to assist you in this process so that it is as helpful to you as it can be.

There are a number of steps in this process, which are set out below:
  1. Counselling and Support. Because the claim process will bring up many memories, it is important that you have support as you move through the process. We strongly recommend that you have counselling, and carry on with it throughout the process.
  2. Gathering information. We will start requesting documents from all the sources we need, so that we have a complete record of events in your life.
  3. Learning your Story. This can be quite a lengthy process. It is really important that you have support or counselling, so that when we start learning your story, you are strong and ready.
  4. Filing a Legal Action. We will prepare a draft Statement of Claim for filing in the Supreme Court Registry. We will review it with you before filing. The Statement of Claim starts the formal process of notifying the defendants of the claim.
  5. Examination for Discovery. A lawyer appointed by the defence will come to Whitehorse for a process known as "Examination for Discovery". This gives you an opportunity to tell them about the claim you are making. It is an important step because it is the first time that the defence lawyer will meet you and learn about the case from your perspective. We will work with you and your counsellor to get ready for the Examination for Discovery.
  6. Psychological Assessment. In most cases, we hire a psychologist or psychiatrist to meet with you and do an assessment and provide expert evidence for the Court. Usually, the defence lawyers also hire their own expert. This gives us all a better understanding of how the abuse has affected you.
  7. Preparing for Resolution of your Claim. We will continue to talk with you about your claim as we move forward. Usually there are discussions with the defence about how to settle a case. If that is unsuccessful, a mediation is often set. An alternative is a Judicial Settlement Conference with a judge, which we have found to be very useful. Almost all cases resolve through settlement discussion, mediation, or Judicial Settlement Conference.
  8. Trial. If we cannot settle your case, then we will proceed to trial. Very few cases actually have to go to trial. However, we will prepare your case on the basis that it may go to trial and we will be ready. We will discuss with you the evidence, law, and witnesses we need. This discussion will go on throughout the case, starting well before settlement negotiations take place. That is because we go to settlement to show the defence what will happen if the case goes to trial.

We expect that it will take about 2 years to complete your case. As we continue to learn more about you and your case, we will be in a better position to give a more precise timeline.

Employment Law

Wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal.

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Wrongful Dismissal

If you have been dismissed from your job or asked to resign, we may be able to help. Wrongful Dismissal claims may be made through legal action (through the Courts) or a Complaint to Labour Canada. The choice depends on a number of factors, including the nature of your employer. We will discuss the appropriate avenue for your claim.

Constructive Dismissal

If your employer is breaking the employment contract or if your rights are being ignored or abused, we may be able to help. Please call us.

Our Team




Dan Shier

Lawyer

I came to the Yukon in 1988, and have lived and worked here since then, with a few years out to work in Africa. My legal practice has always been focussed on working with people who have been injured, abused, or wronged.
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After more than 20 years at a big full-service commercial firm, I realized that the service I wanted to provide my clients required a more personal approach. So on January 1, 2011, I started my new office: Daniel S. Shier Law Office. Since then the firm has grown. We provide personal, prompt, and caring service to people who have been injured, abused or wronged.

I have handled hundreds of cases over the last two decades in Territorial Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Nowadays, I find that we are often able to negotiate satisfactory settlements for our clients through mediation and settlement conferences.

Since 2004, I have worked extensively in resolution of abuse cases arising from Indian Residential School and other institutions, including public schools, group homes, and organizations. I helped negotiate the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Claims and appeared in Supreme Court when it was finalized.

Brenda Smichura-Jerome

Lawyer

I was born and raised in Northern Alberta and moved to the Yukon in 1996. I am the first to admit that my love of the land is a vital part of me, and that my roots run deep.


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My legal practice began in 2004 working extensively with Dan on residential abuse claims arising from Indian Residential Schools.

During my practice I have travelled throughout the Yukon and have had the honor of working with hundreds of clients. My clients have taught me the true meaning of being an advocate - speak less and listen more.

In June of 2015 I joined the firm to continue working with Dan, and to advance our shared goals: working with people who have been injured, abused or wronged.

While it may be true that there are no guarantees in any legal action, I can promise that our clients will be respected and heard.





Rachel Jessup

Legal Assistant

Rachel will be your main contact on Personal Injury and Employment files, as well as some of the Abuse files. She also does the bookkeeping.
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Rachel grew up in Ladysmith, a small town on Vancouver Island. She spent her summers at the family cabin on Lake Cowichan where she enjoyed water sports and camping.

Rachel moved to Vancouver at 18 and very quickly was put in charge of a large logistics warehouse where she handled product distribution and transportation.

Rachel and her husband Dustin moved to Whitehorse in 2011. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, spending time outdoors ATVing, running with her dogs and experiencing the wonderful opportunities Yukon has to offer.

Amanda Younker

Legal Assistant

Amanda will be your main contact on Residential School claims and most of the Abuse files.


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She joined us as a Legal Assistant in January, 2013.

Amanda is from New Glasgow, a small town in Nova Scotia. She grew up with family and close friends and enjoyed pursuing her artistic talents.

Amanda worked for the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Departments of the federal government before moving to the Yukon in 2006. She came to Whitehorse to visit family but fell in love with the Yukon and decided to stay. Before she became a Legal Assistant with us, she worked at Air North and with the Government of Yukon.

Amanda's dog, Lucy, is her constant companion. She continues to pursue her artistic interests as well as outdoor adventures.

How We Work



It costs a lot to hire a lawyer, so you will want your lawyer to work hard for you. We usually work on a Contingency Fee Agreement. That means that we are paid a percentage of the amount of compensation we recover for you. That gives us an incentive to work very hard to maximize the recovery. Under a Contingency Fee Agreement, if we don't recover anything for you, you don't pay us anything. In other words:
No Recovery: No Fee
Once we discuss with you the facts of your case we can provide an initial opinion on the likely outcome and discuss our proposed fee arrangement.
On Residential School cases, we apply the
Chief Adjudicator's Legal Fee Guidelines.
On successful claims, Canada pays an additional 15% of the total compensation to you to help offset your legal fees. We will discuss this with you.

We will not charge you for our first meeting. You need to be able to meet us and decide if you want us to work on your case. We do that for free.

Contact Us

Address

200-6131 Sixth Ave.
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1N2
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Phone

Local: (867) 668-2600
Toll Free: 1-877-668-8882

Email

info@shierlaw.ca
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Initial Inquiries

Call us or send us an email. Just provide your email address or telephone number and ask us to email or call you. We will then get back to you to discuss your case and representing you. Please do not send us specific or confidential information by email before we have confirmed that we are able to act for you. An initial inquiry email is not confidential and does not create a lawyer-client relationship.

No automatic lawyer-client relationship. Please remember that using this website, including sending emails or receiving a reply from us through this website does not automatically create a lawyer-client relationship with us.

If you want to hire us, give us a call or send us an email and we'll do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Websites are not a substitute for Legal Advice

You need to talk to a Yukon lawyer. We will discuss the facts of your case and how the law applies. You need specific legal advice on your particular legal situation from a lawyer qualified to practise in the Yukon. No one else can do that. Please note that the information on this website is not intended to provide or replace legal advice.

You should talk to a lawyer before you rely on or use legal information obtained from any website.

Don't be fooled by advertising promises about past settlements or judgments

Each case depends upon its facts. References to successful case results do not necessarily predict future results. We will talk to you about your case, not ones we have won in the past. The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts in that case.

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Check with us first. If you want to discuss your case, you may contact us by email but please be advised that information sent over the Internet may not be secure.

We cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information you send us through this website or by email. Whether you are a current client or not, transmission of information or your emails to us may not be protected by lawyer-client privilege. Therefore, we strongly caution you NOT to send confidential or sensitive information to us about your situation over the Internet without first consulting us to confirm email communication is appropriate in your circumstances.