Individuals and businesses approach litigation with different outcomes in mind. Sean provides his clients with practical and considered advice tailored to advance their specific objectives and minimize potentially adverse consequences. Sean works closely with business owners, Indigenous governments and insurance professionals to resolve complex disputes both inside and out of the courtroom.
Clients trust Sean to represent their interests in commercial and Indigenous litigation matters including bringing and responding to claims involving shareholder and partnership disputes, commercial contracts, fraud claims, real estate development and land use matters, judicial review applications and advancing specific claims on behalf of First Nations under Canada’s Specific Claims Policy.
Insurance is an integral part of the modern economy. Sean applies his litigation and analytical skills to advance his insurance clients’ interests in subrogation, defence and coverage matters. Sean’s insurance experience includes subrogating and defending significant property loss claims, defending professionals, and advising insurers on a broad-range of coverage matters.
Significant Property Loss Claim
- Represented international sulphuric acid vendor in 11 separate lawsuits alleging over 800 vehicles were damaged after travelling through sulphuric acid spills in Trail, BC. In the course of defending that client, Sean was successful in obtaining orders requiring ICBC to store and preserve 519 vehicles at its own expense during the course of the litigation. (The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia v. Teck Metals Ltd., 2020 BCSC 1617)
Commercial Lease Dispute
- Represented commercial tenant at trial and appeal in novel case involving the corporate identification doctrine and interpretation of a commercial lease's insurance covenant in the context of arson (Austeville Properties Ltd. v Josan, 2019 BCCA 416; Austeville Properties Ltd. v Josan, 2016 BCSC 1963)
- Represented director and shareholder of a business, and others, at trial against claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud (Roussy v Savage, 2019 BCSC 1669)
Sean is a steadfast advocate who achieves results for his clients. He has represented clients in matters before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, the Federal Court of Canada and the British Columbia and Federal Courts of Appeal.
|Commercial litigation||Shareholder and partnership disputes|
|Fraud claims||Creditors’ rights|
|Collections||Commercial lease disputes|
|Contract disputes||Insurance subrogation, defence and coverage matters|
Awards & Distinctions
- Best Lawyers in Canada, Insurance Law, 2024