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 Young Alumna Award

Shelby AUSTIN’99 
 
“People thought I was a bit crazy,” says Shelby AUSTIN’99, founder of ATD Legal Services, a trendsetting Toronto law firm with a mandate to help clients significantly lower their legal bills.
 
In 2010, following years of hard work and study, Shelby left a job she loved and at which she excelled, to start her own business from scratch.
 
Branksome Hall clearly recognized Shelby’s natural tendency to help others, honouring her with a Service Award for Contributions to Public Affairs in her graduating year. Shelby continued to shine, and at the University of Western Ontario, where she studied Law, she was the recipient of several awards, including the Brad Hodgson Civil Litigation Award for demonstrating the greatest potential for success as a practitioner in the area of Civil Litigation.
 
Having been called to the bar in 2006, Shelby quickly rose through the ranks to become a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, with a practice in complex and commercial litigation. Her years as a lawyer transformed into a business opportunity as she recognized a niche in the outsourcing market which was not being addressed.
 
ATD Legal was born purely of Shelby’s vision and accomplishes its mandate by taking a unique approach to staffing and managing large documentary review and due diligence projects for clients. In addition to managing a team of top pedigree lawyers, Shelby has published articles on legal process outsourcing, been a speaker at civil litigation conferences and, in 2011, was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the “Future Leaders” category.
 
For her service to the legal industry, the Alumnae Association is proud to bestow the Young Alumna Achievement Award on Shelby Austin — risk-taker, entrepreneur and committed public servant.

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