- University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
- Queen’s University, B.A.H.
Shawn is an experienced corporate and commercial litigator who focuses on delivering value to Osler’s clients in their high-stakes business disputes. Recognized for being practical and innovative, Shawn goes the extra mile to know our clients’ businesses. Whether acting on a complex multi-jurisdictional class action, a fiercely contested dispute over the dissolution of a closely held private company, a securities investigation or contested take-over bid, or the restructuring of an insolvent corporate giant, Shawn tirelessly advocates for those he represents while remaining committed to identifying and obtaining the best practical results for them.
Shawn acts predominantly for corporate, insurance, banking and other financial sector clients, and has significant expertise in the private equity, investment fund and portfolio company space. He regularly represents these clients in securities, commercial and insolvency and restructuring proceedings, as well as in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving various securities regulators. Some of Shawn’s recent non-confidential mandates have included defending Manulife Financial in a multi-jurisdictional class action; representing Corus Entertainment in its successful response to an application made to the OSC by The Catalyst Group Inc. relating to the proposed acquisition of Shaw Media; representing Jazz Aviation in a complex cost benchmarking arbitration against Air Canada; successfully defending a shareholder rights plan, or “poison pill”, adopted by Canadian Oil Sands Limited before the Alberta Securities Commission; successfully defending Asian Coast Development (Canada) Inc. against an oppression remedy claim; and defending RBC and RBC DS in a proposed class action brought on behalf of retail investors following the collapse of a major offshore investment fund. Shawn has also acted as debtor counsel on a number of complex and high-profile CCAA proceedings, including CanWest Communications, Target Canada, and Sears Canada, and for various creditor groups in several other CCAA proceedings.
Personally invested in identifying and driving innovative solutions for clients, Shawn currently is the Chair of Osler Works – Delivery, where he works to apply legal matter and project management principles to drive efficiencies, predictability and lower costs for all firm clients. Shawn has actively supported the development and execution of Osler’s adoption of cutting-edge technology in the legal space, including AI, service delivery improvements, and the broad and creative use of Alternative Fee Arrangements. He is also a member of the firm’s Innovation Council, which focuses on the development of new products, service offerings and delivery models to support the evolving needs of Osler clients.
Shawn was named a “Rising Star” by Lexpert magazine in 2014, a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in 2015 and has been recognized in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation by The Best Lawyers in Canada in 2017 and 2018.