Martin Sheard

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.

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