Martin Sheard is arguably the most experienced wrongful dismissal trial lawyer in British Columbia and one of very few employment lawyers who have advocated at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Martin is one of Tevlin Gleadle Curtis‘ shareholders. He has practiced for more than ten years as an employment lawyer. He has spent his entire career practicing at our firm. Martin’s peers frequently recommend him in matters requiring complex, practical and time-sensitive advice. Martin is the highest client-rated employment lawyer based in British Columbia and he has a perfect 5.0-star rating on Google Places.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
- Counsel to the Law Students’ Legal Advice program as intervenor at the Supreme Court of Canada
- Past Chair of the civil litigation subsection of the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association
- Past Chair of the employment law subsection of the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association
- 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
- Leave applications to Supreme Court of Canada
- British Columbia Court of Appeal
- British Columbia Supreme Court
- Ontario Superior Court of Justice
- Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
- Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench
- Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
- Canadian Human Rights Commission
- Employment Standards Branch (BC)
- Human Rights Tribunal (BC)
- Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (BC)
LITIGATION, MEDIATION AND VOLUNTEER WORK
Martin has broad experience in wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal trials. 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 ten years at Tevlin Gleadle Curtis and has focused on wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal claims during that time. Prior to his call to the Bar, Martin articled at a large regional firm.
In addition to being a successful employment lawyer, Martin also acts as a mediator in order to resolve various contractual disputes.
Martin volunteers as a supervisor with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as a mentor for law students throughout British Columbia.
Martin obtained a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2008 and a history degree from Queen’s University in 2003.
Martin played rugby for 14 years and won several awards as a member of the University of British Columbia’s law school rugby team. He has officially retired from rugby and now focuses his spare time and attention on his two young sons.
Martin can speak French and basic Mandarin.