Sean’s practice embraces all aspects of corporate/commercial, civil and class actions litigation. He has considerable experience advising clients in large and complex commercial litigation matters.
Sean has diverse experience in matters involving shareholder disputes, directors liability, securities litigation, mining disputes, negligence and contractual disputes, financial institutions, investment advisors disputes, employment disputes, executive compensation, intellectual property disputes, municipal and administrative law.
Most recently Sean was named a Future Star (2013) by Benchmark Canada.
Some of the recent and ongoing matters he is currently involved in include:
Acting on behalf of one of Canada’s national banks in respect of various investment related law suits.
Successfully acting as part of the counsel team for a group of independent directors in Gould v. Western Coal et al., a class and secondary market liability action.
Acting on behalf of Rio Algom/BHP Billiton in respect of litigation with the Federal Government over its historic mines in Elliott Lake.
Acting on behalf of a former director and executive in a circular and proxy disputes.
Acting in a class proceeding on behalf of condominium purchasers who paid allegedly improper development charge increases.
The successful defence of several former Directors of a TSX listed company in multijurisdictional proceedings.
Successfully acting as part of the counsel team in respect of indemnity applications against a TSX listed company.
Acting as part of a counsel team on behalf of a shareholder and creditor in respect of CCAA proceedings.
Acting as part of the counsel team in several national unpaid overtime class actions with respect to alleged unpaid overtime and misclassification of employees.
Successfully acting as part of the counsel team in the national class proceeding in respect of the constitutional challenge of survivor pension benefits, Hislop v. Canada, appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada and responsible for the administration of the proceeding and ongoing matters.
Litigation arising out of the RIM Park financing on behalf of the City of Waterloo
The pre-1986 and post-1990 Hepatitis C settlement for claimants in litigation against the Federal Government
The defence of various class proceedings and other proceedings arising out of the collapse of Bre-X Minerals.
Class Action Litigation
Admissions and Affiliations
Called to the Bar of Ontario 2002
Advocate's Society, Member
Canadian Bar Association, Member
Ontario Bar Association, Member
B.Sc. (Hons) Minor in biochemistry, University of Windsor, 1998
LL.B. - University of Windsor, 2001
Certificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Hall – Currently Enrolled
Co-author, "The Court of Appeal for Ontario Clarifies the Rule 20 Test", (2012) Federated Press, Commercial Litigation Section, Vol. XIV, No. 4
Access to Justice and Recent Employment Related Class Proceedings, 2010 OBA Class Action Colloquium, December 1, 2010, presented as well
Co-Author "Risks, Rewards, and Access to Justice Time For Reform?" Osgoode – 7th National Symposium on Class Actions April 29, 2010
Co-Author "Shareholder Actions", Canadian Mining Law & Finance 2008 April 7 & 8, 2008: Toronto Ontario
Co-Author, "Getting Ready for Bill 198- Civil Liability For Secondary Market Disclosure", for The Canadian Institute’s 6th Annual Forum on Litigating Class Actions, September 26, 2005, presented as well.
Co-Author "The Early Disqualification of the Counsel Witness – Practical Considerations v. the Right to Counsel of Choice" (2005) XI, No. 2, Commercial Litigation 562 at 562.