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Litigation Star


British Columbia

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Shea Coulson is a commercial litigator with significant experience in partnership and shareholder disputes, disputed buy-outs, collapsing or collapsed transactions and commercial misrepresentation claims. He also provides representation in disputes relating to business valuations, broker fees and deposits, commercial supply agreements, and real estate. In addition, he acts for clients in general contractual litigation. Shea has developed extensive expertise in white collar defence, and fraud and investigations in addition to cannabis and liquor law, transportation law, and constitutional law. He is recognized as a litigation star in general corporate and constitutional litigation in Benchmark Litigation: Canada. Acting for public and private companies and high-net-worth individuals, Shea’s clients have included Whirlpool Corporation, EBA Engineering (now Tetra Tech), Canadian National Railway, BMW, FortisBC and the Attorney General of British Columbia. Shea has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in numerous constitutional disputes, including on behalf of B.C.’s wine industry in R. v. Comeau, in which the court determined the extent of free trade between provinces that is constitutionally protected under provisions of the Constitution Act, 1867. Also recognized for his work in administrative law, Shea regularly appears before B.C.’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on complex cases both for and against the government of British Columbia and on federal matters. Shea has acted for a variety of companies in all facets of the cannabis and liquor sectors, and regularly provides licensees and ancillary businesses advice on regulatory compliance with the Cannabis Act and provincial cannabis regulation, as well as provincial retail regulations and provincial monopoly wholesale. Prior to joining McMillan, Shea was the regulatory lead of the national cannabis group at another major firm.


Updated March 2022