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Howard Shapray, Q.C. is rated by his peers as one of the leaders of British Columbia's commercial litigation bar. In a career that has spanned more than four decades, he has successfully prosecuted and defended a gamut of extraordinary, complex, landmark civil matters, including corporate disputes, property and environmental cases, mining litigation, securities regulatory disputes, fraud and conspiracy claims, professional liability claims, libel and slander, commercial arbitration, intellectual property issues, constitutional issues and matrimonial and estate disputes.
Mr. Shapray has appeared as counsel in all levels of the Canadian courts, including the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia, the Superior Court of Ontario and Ontario Court of Appeal, plus the Alberta Queen's Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal. Working with some the top-rated lawyers in the United States and Europe, he has also represented clients involved in foreign litigation.
Mr. Shapray, together with the firm's partners, Brad Cramer, Stephen Fitterman, Francis Lamer, and Abbas Sabur are also recognized by their peers – and the firm's distinguished roster of clients – for their demanding standards, intense work ethic, innovative approaches to the art of persuasion and the pursuit of creative dispute resolution techniques. Each has enjoyed careers at large, full service law firms before joining forces in a boutique environment devoted exclusively to representing clients involved in a broad variety of commercial disputes.
The firm's client roster includes entrepreneurs, major Canadian and US-based corporations, as well as the government of British Columbia. In its role as counsel in many of the high profile, high stakes cases that have made inroads in Canadian jurisprudence, tough, intense litigation and arbitration has always been the firm's forte.
For example, the last few years have seen SCFL lawyers:
- successfully obtain a $93 million award and defend the judgment through and appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada;
- represent the government of British Columbia in the Court of Appeal on a crucial constitutional issue and other complex disputes;
- settle a landmark "nuisance" case involving economic harm from unexploded WWII munitions against the government of Canada;
- successfully defeat defamation claims against directors and officers of the British Columbia Medical Association in a lengthy trial and successfully defend the trial court judgment to the Supreme Court of Canada;
For more information on the firm, its legal team and the professional accolades they have earned, see www.scfl-law.com.