About Smith & Little LLP

Christine and Kelly are proud to work together in a true partnership and offer the benefit of two minds to all of our clients.

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We are strongly of the view that two minds are better that one and if a partnership is able to capitalize on the strengths of each individual partner there will be huge advantages flowing to the client. Having spent our first years as lawyers figuring out what pieces of the job we each enjoy the best, we determined that there were certain tasks we enjoyed more than others.

Luckily for us our strengths are complementary and while we are able to trade off and step in for each other when required, we like to each perform the tasks we enjoy the most as often as possible.

Christine N. (Little) Shepherd

Christine N Little Shepherd

My favourite part of the job is speaking with clients, learning their stories and hearing about their families. This allows me to work with individuals and craft unique solutions for individual families. I like to think that I am down-to-earth and approachable. I take pride in being able to translate difficult legal concepts into language that is easily understood by non-lawyers.

Those who have worked with me know that I am all about trying to find a concrete and practical solution to problems faced by parties at the end of their relationship. Whether you are a client seeking assistance with a separation, a business owner having a contractual dispute or someone experiencing difficulty in administering an estate, I want to work with you to solve your matter in a way that is cost-efficient and effective.

When I am not practicing law or working in our business, I enjoy being involved in the legal community and outside of the legal community. I particularly like mentoring young lawyers who are new to Canada or those who are thinking of starting their own practices.

Outside of that interest, I am trying to improve my skiing and very much enjoy trying to make new and interesting recipes in the kitchen.

Christine’s Education:

  • B.A. University of Calgary 2005
  • LL.B. University of Southampton 2011
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta May 21, 2014

Christine’s Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of the Family Law Section – Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member of the Calgary Bar Association
  • Member of Board of Directors of Apollo – Friends in Sport
  • Member of the Advocates’ Society
  • Member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers – Western Chapter

Christine’s Professional Presentations:

  • Presenter – Legal Education Society of Alberta – “The Business of Law” – October 18 and 25, 2017
  • Co-Host – Smith & Little Seminar Series for Lawyers – 2018, 2019
  • Presenter – Canadian Bar Association – Changes are Coming! How the new Family Statutes Amendment Act is changing the rules of property division for adult interdependent partners in Alberta – March 13, 2019

Kelly Elizabeth Smith

Kelly Elizabeth Smith

I am our litigator. I have always spent a lot of time in Court and represent our clients in contentious litigated matters, if necessary. I regularly appear before the Provincial Court of Alberta, as well as the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. I have also enjoyed appearing before the Court of Appeal of Alberta as the academic exercise of considering complex legal issues is what I like most about my job. I have an excellent memory for detail and am known to be able to think on my feet. While I am able to recall very specific details and facts with regard to all of our cases, unfortunately I do suffer from a mild form of prosopagnosia such that I am not always able to recognize faces immediately. Please do not take offence if you are one such person and introduce yourself even if it is not for the first time.

I am fluent in French and look forward to practising it more often when I travel to France. I enjoy being active in the community and particularly being a volunteer guide leader with the Girl Guides of Canada. I also very much enjoy spending time playing board games and competing with my friends at all kinds of trivia games. When I am not at Girl Guides or competing in trivia contests, I love watching various sports and spending the day in the kitchen.

Kelly’s Education:

  • B.A. (Hons.) University of Toronto (Victoria College) 2005
  • J.D. University of British Columbia 2008
  • LL.M. with Merit London School of Economics and Political Science 2010
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta February 28, 2012

Kelly’s Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Member of the Association of Women Lawyers

Kelly’s Professional Presentations:

  • Presenter – Legal Education Society of Alberta – “The Business of Law” – October 18 and 25, 2017
  • Co-Host – Smith & Little Seminar Series for Lawyers – 2018, 2019