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John R. Shewfelt

John R. Shewfelt



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John Shewfelt's practice encompasses an almost limitless range of commercial, regulatory and civil litigation. He has conducted hearings and trials involving securities law, shareholder disputes, surgical negligence, defamation, aircraft nuisance, childhood sexual abuse, fraudulently concealed assets, real estate claims, class proceedings, and a variety of corporate and commercial disputes. John also has experience with serious personal injury claims and with professional malpractice claims involving lawyers, doctors, investment advisors, and other professionals.

John has spent literally hundreds of days in trial and on appeals in all of the British Columbia courts, in the Yukon Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has represented clients before a number of regulatory tribunals, including the Law Society of British Columbia and the British Columbia Securities Commission. He is also experienced with the processes of alternative dispute resolution, including commercial arbitration and formal mediation.

John’s broad range of experience and unique skill set are valuable resources offered to clients who seek reliable legal counsel and practical solutions to their business problems.

John’s wide-ranging practice condenses into three basic categories:

  • Commercial Litigation: the resolution of commercial disputes is the mainstay of John’s practice, comprising approximately three-quarters of his litigation portfolio. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in roughly equal proportions, allowing him to maintain a balanced strategic perspective on how best to advance the interests of his clients regardless of the circumstances or the industry involved.
  • Securities Litigation: John holds a graduate law degree (LL.M.) in securities law. He has represented clients in many securities-related matters in the context of civil litigation before the courts and in regulatory proceedings such as Securities Commission prosecutions.
  • Personal Injury: John began his legal career in a personal injury law firm and he has continued over the years to assist clients who have been injured through the negligence of doctors, dentists, motor vehicle operators, and other defendants.

John has periodically taught for many years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law.

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  • LL.M., York University, 2003
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1994
  • B.G.S., Simon Fraser University, 1991


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Representative Work

The following is a list of the reported trial, appellate, and chambers judgments in which John Shewfelt has acted as counsel of record:

Court of Appeal / Supreme Court of Canada

Trial Judgments

 Petitions and Chambers Decisions


  • Affidavit Evidence in British Columbia, 42 Advocates' Quarterly, 281, 2014
  • Expanding Liability Horizons, Civil Liability for Secondary Market Disclosure, Corporate Liability, Federated Press, Vol. XII, No. 2, 2007

Industry Expertise

Areas of Focus

  • Lawyer's Negligence
  • Misrepresentation
  • Professional Liability Disputes

Year of Call

  • Yukon Bar, 2008
  • British Columbia Bar, 1995