John Shewfelt's practice encompasses an impressive 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 hundreds of days in trial and on appeals in all of the British Columbia courts, 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 alternative dispute resolution, including commercial arbitration and formal mediation.

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

John’s wide-ranging practice concentrates on three basic areas:

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 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 others.

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