Martin Sheard is an eighth-year call to the British Columbia Bar, he is formerly the Chair of the Employment Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch, and is currently the Secretary of the Civil Litigation (Vancouver) Subsection. His peers frequently recommend him in matters requiring complex, practical and time-sensitive advice.
Some of the highlights of Martin’s career include:
- Frequent guest lecturer at the UBC Faculty of law on topics including employment law, Employment Standards legislation, negotiation strategy and professional standards of conduct
- Frequently quoted in the media as an employment law expert, including in the Vancouver Sun and as a guest on the nationally broadcast Charles Adler radio program
- Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Employment Law Subsection
- Successful counsel at all levels of Court in British Columbia, as well as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals.
Martin has broad experience in wrongful and constructive dismissal trials as well as Human Rights and Employment Standards matters. In recent years Martin has been successful counsel on several cases at the forefront of defining constructive dismissal in British Columbia. He has represented a diverse range of clients including publicly traded companies as well as senior managers and executives from large national and international firms.
Martin has spent his entire career focusing on employment law, and has worked with Tevlin Gleadle Curtis throughout that time. Prior to his call to the Bar, Martin articled at a large regional firm.
Martin is also a mediator focusing on contractual disputes. He is quick to point out that for each of his court appearances, he has settled dozens of matters privately through negotiation and/or mediation. This speaks to Martin’s ability to find practical, financially viable solutions to a wide variety of client problems.
In addition to his affiliation with the Canadian Bar Association, Martin volunteers as a supervisor with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as a mentor for law students throughout British Columbia.
As a student, Martin distinguished himself during the annual University of British Columbia Mediation Moot and placed third out of 100 teams in the Law Games Moot in 2008. Throughout school Martin was an avid rugby player, and won several awards as a member of the University of British Columbia’s law school rugby team. Martin has hung up his cleats, focusing his spare time and attention now on his two young sons.