Our Legal Team

Chris Kahler

Managing Director

Throughout the North Queensland community, Chris has earnt a reputation amongst his peers and clients as a dedicated, hard-working and outcome driven lawyer.  He worked in private legal practice in Cairns and Innisfail for 11 years before starting Kahler Lawyers in 2016.

Chris’ ability to quickly grasp and analyse complex legal issues with highly-regarded and respected attention to detail give clients peace of mind that their matters are in the most capable hands. In addition, his extensive Court room and litigation experience makes him the first choice for clients seeking to achieve the best possible outcome.

Chris is a passionate rugby union supporter and has played five seasons of rugby with the Innisfail Vikings.

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner to the High Court of Australia (2006)
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Queensland and Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (2005)
  • Bachelor of Laws, James Cook University (2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics), James Cook University (2004)
  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (1998)

Megan Shephard


Megan is dedicated to helping her clients resolve their legal issues in the criminal defence and litigation practice areas. Megan takes a practical approach with her clients by offering a dedicated and compassionate legal service.

Prior to joining Kahler Lawyers in March 2022, Megan gained valuable experience volunteering and assisting barrister Judy Collins at LawRight by helping disadvantaged clients with their tenancy and criminal law issues. In 2021 Megan participated in a work education placement program with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Cairns.

Megan is a Cairns local who has grown up playing sport and is a valued member of the Cairns Vigoro Association and wider Cairns Community.

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Queensland (2021)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and Certificate of Legal Business Skills, College of
    Law (2020 – 2021)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Central Queensland University (2019)
  • Certificate 4 in Justice Studies, TAFE Qld (2013)

Michaela Kahler

Practice Manager

Michaela looks after all aspects of administration support for the firm including general and trust accounting, reception duties and legal secretarial work. Her eye for detail and inquisitiveness ensures that she completes administrative and accounting tasks enthusiastically and with a professionalism synonymous with modern legal practice.

Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese Language in 2007 Michaela has worked in a variety of customer service focused roles.  She has lived and worked in Innisfail since 2013.

In her spare time, Michaela enjoys learning new languages and keeping up her studies in Japanese language by listening to podcasts and participating in conversational language exchange with Japanese persons who wish to learn English.

  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (2016)
  • University of New South Wales Institute of Languages, Japanese Level 5 – Advanced Credit (2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland (2007)

Tracy Cundy


With over 25 years’ paralegal and legal support experience, Tracy has an established reputation as a paralegal of the highest calibre.

Her exceptional attention to detail backed with demonstrated expertise in delivering high standards of service sets her apart from the rest.

Equipped with a strong desire to help people and a determination to succeed, Tracy welcomes the opportunity to assist and support the highly valued clients of Kahler Lawyers.

  • Commissioner of Declarations
  • RPS in‐house training (Group Net Systems)
  • PC Law Training 2010 (Legal Practice Management Software)
  • Various Legal Department Training (Legal Aid & Department of Natural Resources & Mines)

Ashlea Vang


Completing her Certificate III in Business Administration in 2015, Ashlea is an asset to the team as an experienced administrative assistant.

Coming from strong client management roles, she is a highly motivated professional committed to delivering dynamic service and fostering positive relationships with clients and colleagues.

Ashlea understands the importance of being the face of a company.  She strives to ensure each client visit is a warm and welcome one.  Ashlea is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the team at Kahler Lawyers and to their clients.

In her spare time, Ashlea enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

  • Certificate III in Business Administration, EIM Training International, Cairns (2015)
  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) (2022)

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