Sierra Hardy, B.Sc. (Hons), J.D.

photo of Sierra Hardy of Beresh Law in Edmonton

“I have a background working with people from all walks of life and recognize the difficulty of navigating Canada’s complex legal system. I believe every person facing charges is entitled to a rigorous defence, while being listened to and treated with respect.”

Sierra Hardy, B.Sc., J.D., is a junior associate at Beresh Law. Sierra was born and raised in Edmonton and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2021 after completing her articles under Brian Beresh, Q.C.

During her articles, Sierra worked on and assisted with a wide range of serious and high-profile cases, including allegations of aggravated assault, fraud, drug trafficking, sexual assault, and murder. Her practice is focused solely on defending people facing criminal charges and/or regulatory offences.

Sierra’s interest in criminal law began in elementary school and her studies have been focused in the field ever since. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with honours, from Arizona State University in 2016 and in 2020 received her law degree from Thompson Rivers University (“TRU”).

Sierra spent her law school summer holidays working and volunteering in the legal field. She worked at a criminal defence firm in downtown Vancouver, and volunteered with the University of British Columbia’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, the Elizabeth Fry Society, the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, and a boutique law firm in downtown Edmonton.

During law school, Sierra gained practical legal experience working as a student clinician at the TRU Community Legal Clinic where she provided one-on-one legal assistance to low-income clients in various areas of the law. She stayed actively involved in her law school community by serving as co-chair of her law school’s conference in 2020, hosting speakers such as a former Supreme Court of Canada Justice and the Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court. Sierra additionally held a position as vice-president, and later president, of the TRU Women and Law Society and was a member of the TRU Law Golf Club.

Prior to law school, Sierra worked at a full-service law firm in downtown Edmonton, a women’s legal clinic in Arizona, and volunteered as a mentor at the Edmonton Institute for Women penitentiary.

Whether the police are beginning an investigation, or your matter is set for trial; if you need assistance or advice, contact Sierra at 780-421-4766 or sierra@bereshlaw.ca to set up a free consultation.