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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.  One major focus of his practice is securities litigation, an area of law in which he holds a Masters degree.  He also has experience with serious personal injury claims and with malpractice involving lawyers, doctors, stock brokers, and other professionals.  John has conducted hearings and trials involving surgical negligence, aircraft noise nuisance, childhood sexual abuse, fraudulently concealed assets, real estate claims, and a variety of corporate and commercial disputes.

John has conducted trials and 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 various tribunals, including the Worker Compensation Appeal Tribunal, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Investment Dealers Association, and the British Columbia Securities Commission.  He is also experienced with the processes of alternative dispute resolution, including commercial arbitration and formal mediation.

In addition to his law practice, John has periodically taught for many years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. 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.

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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