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Martin Sheard Profile

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Martin Sheard
Martin Sheard Law Corporation
Employment Law Strategies

 

Direct Phone: (604) 484-4781
Direct Fax: (604) 648-2967

 

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Education


Biography

 
 

LL.B.
University of British Columbia, 2008

 

B.A. Honours 
Queen's University, 2003

 

Martin Sheard is a sixth year call to the British Columbia Bar, he is currently the Chair of the Employment Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association - B.C. Branch.  His peers frequently recommend him in matters requiring complex, time-sensitive advice.

 

Martin has spent his entire career focusing on employment law, and has worked with TevlinGleadle throughout that time. Prior to his call to the Bar, Martin articled at a large regional firm.

Some of the highlights of Martin's career include:

  • 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
  • Frequent guest lecturer at the UBC Faculty of law on topics including Employment Standards legislation, negotiation strategy and professional standards of conduct
  • Current Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Employment Law subsection
  • Successful counsel at all levels of Court in British Columbia as well as at various 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.  His success rate in trials and/or hearings is over 90%. 

 

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.

 

Throughout his law school career, and continuing into practice, Martin has dedicated himself to pro bono legal work. As a result, he has represented clients in both civil and criminal proceedings in provincial courts.  In addition to his affilitation 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 interests now on history, politics and languages.  He can speak conversational French and basic Mandarin.