Martin Sheard

Martin Sheard is a prominent employment lawyer practicing in Vancouver and one of our firm’s shareholders. His peers recommend Martin in matters requiring complex, practical and time-sensitive advice.  Martin is the highest-rated employment lawyer based in British Columbia with a perfect 5.0-star rating on Google Places.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Current 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)
  • Arbitrations
  • Mediations

LITIGATION, MEDIATION AND VOLUNTEER WORK

Martin has broad experience in wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal trials. He has represented clients in more than a dozen venues.  Martin has won several cases that contribute to 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 eight years at Tevlin Gleadle Curtis with a particular focus on wrongful dismissal claims.  Prior to his call to the Bar, Martin articled at a large regional firm.

Clients also hire Martin 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.

EDUCATION/PERSONAL

Martin obtained a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2008.

Martin played rugby for 14 years and won several awards as a member of the University of British Columbia’s law school rugby team. With rugby in the rear-view, Martin now focuses his spare time and attention on his two young sons.

Martin can speak French and basic Mandarin.

Career Highlights

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B.A. Honours Queen's University

2003
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Co-founder Pacific LSAT Prep

2006
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Public speaking instructor UBC Sauder School of Business

2007
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LL.B. University of British Columbia

2008
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Called to the Bar

2009
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First BC Supreme Court Trial (win)

2010
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First time acting as mediator

2012
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First guest lecture at the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law

2012
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First Judicial Review in Ontario Superior Court (win)

2013
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CBABC Chair of the Employment Law Subsection

2013 - 2015
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Became shareholder in TGC

2014
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Co-presented paper to Continuing Legal Education Society of BC's Employment Law Conference on the "without prejudice" doctrine

2014
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Sat on the planning committee for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC's Employment Law Conference

2014-2015
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Co-presented paper to Continuing Legal Education Society of BC's Employment Law Conference and Mergers and Acquisitions Conference on various employment issues arising in the context of the purchase/sale of a business

2015
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Co-presented to Canadian Bar Association Employment Law subsection regarding impact of the Wilson v AE case from Supreme Court of Canada

2017
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Co-presented with Michael Howcroft of Blake Cassels and Graydon to the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC regarding effective strategies during initial severance negotiations.

2017