Business Law

  • Drafting and analysis of business contracts
  • Corporate law
  • Evaluation and development of special projects
  • Procurement law
  • Commercial transactions

Caisses Populaires / Credit Unions Law

  • Services and advice with respect to the interpretation and application of the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 1994 and its Regulations
  • Power of sale and foreclosure proceedings

Construction Law

  • Services and advice with respect to construction liens and claims for payment
  • Drafting and review of RFPs, calls for tenders, prequalifications
  • Construction lien claims

Education & Administrative Law

  • Advice and legal memoranda with respect to operational, decision-making and procedural issues for public and para-public organizations as well as community groups and associations (namely in the fields of education and health management)
  • Freedom of information and privacy protection – Ontario
  • Conflicts of interest, rules of conduct and discipline matters
  • Governance issues
  • Training sessions for personnel, directors and officers, trustees


  • Litigation related to the above areas of practice before administrative tribunals, Small Claims Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Advice with respect to alternative dispute resolution

French Language Services

Both partners are graduates of the French Language Program of the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa.  Over the years, we have practiced law principally in the French language and our client base is mainly comprised of francophones.  That being said, all of our team members are fluently bilingual in both official languages and can offer quality services in English as well.

Our Strengths

Our firm often serves as “in-house” or corporate counsel to a number of clients who value prompt and personalized service in a range of legal fields.  Direct availability to the partners and their ability to receive from us expert advice and counsel is what our business and institutional clients appreciate most.  Our team members value professionalism, efficiency and excellence in all services provided to our clients, be it, expert advice or general counsel.  We strongly believe in prevention and training, and actively encourage our clients to adopt this approach vis-à-vis legal matters.  We strive to find answers and solutions quickly and efficiently in the following areas.


F. Anne Sheppard

F. Anne Sheppard

Founding Partner of Sheppard & Claude
(613) 748.3333 / ext.8

Anne Sheppard is a founding partner of the firm.  She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.  Anne received her Bachelor of Law (Common Law – programme national en français) in 1986 and her Bachelor of Civil Law in 1985, as well as a Bachelor of Administration (operational research), all from the University of Ottawa.  Anne is perfectly bilingual and practices in both official languages.

Anne’s practice is focused in the areas of education law (elementary and secondary), legislation interpretation, governance and policy drafting and access to information.  She also practices in the areas of administrative law, business law and civil litigation.

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member of l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
  • Member of the County of Carleton Law Association
  • Director and Vice-President of Maison Marie-Louise
  • Director of the Dominican University College
  • Member of Saint-Gabriel Parish’s Pastoral Council
  • Past Director and Treasurer of Coopérative ami jeunesse inc. (2002-2008)
  • Guest lecturer – legal drafting, civil litigation (French Program) at the Common Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa
  • Guest lecturer at the Family Law Association Annual Conference – April 2010: presentation on Education Law
J.N. André Claude

J.N. André Claude

Founding Partner of Sheppard & Claude
(613) 748.3333 / ext.7

A founding partner of Sheppard & Claude, André received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 1982 and his Bachelor of Common Law (French-Language Program) in 1985.  He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987.  André is perfectly bilingual and practices in both official languages.

André provides legal advice and services to clients in a wide variety of business activities, including the areas of corporate and commercial, debtor-creditor, construction, procurement and real estate. He also has extensive experience in civil litigation.

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member of l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
  • Member of the County of Carleton Law Association
  • Director and Treasurer of Radio communautaire des francophones d’Ottawa (94.5 Unique FM)
  • Director and President Miriam Centre Foundation
Jean-François Gauthier

Jean-François Gauthier

P.Eng., J.D.
(613) 748.3333 / ext.11

Jean-François has been practicing law since his call to the Bar of Upper-Canada in June 2015. Jean-François joined the team at Sheppard & Claude following his articles which were completed at the firm. He contributes, manages and develops the firm’s files which touch on construction law, business law, commercial law, education law and all civil and administrative litigation linked to these areas of practice. Given Jean-François’ background, he has a particular interest in construction law and procurement law.

Jean-François is an accredited Professional Engineer registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. He obtained this permit following varied work experiences both in the public and private sector, from site inspections in the field to in office structural design work. Among others, he was a member of an inspection team conducting on-going inspection work on the Honoré-Mercier Bridge in Montreal for a period of over 18 months.

Jean-François is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in applied sciences (civil engineering) with concentration in structures and geotechnics in 2009.  He then obtained his Juris Doctor from the French Common Law program in 2014. Both these degrees were conferred with Cum Laude honors.

Jean-François is fluently bilingual in English and in French, and offers all his services in both these languages.

His professional and community involvement include the following:

  • Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario
  • Member of l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
  • Member of the County of Carleton Law Association
  • Guest speaker (2012, 2013 and 2015) – Department of civil engineering of the University of Ottawa – Seminar on health and safety, licensing requirements for engineers and the work experiences of a graduate
  • Guest speaker (2015) – École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers (public high school) – Seminar on career choices


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