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Shea Coulson


Shea assists public and privately held companies with complex B2B, shareholder, governance, and regulatory disputes. He uses a diligent, practical and opportunistic approach to help his clients find their path to the best outcome. Shea approaches his clients’ problems with a strategic mindset and an open mind, treating them as business problems rather than just as legal problems.

In his disputes practice, Shea works with clients from the forest products, mining, ‎transportation, ‎technology services, liquor, hospitality, and cannabis industries. He ‎also assists growth companies in a ‎range of industries with disputes arising from ‎public markets financing and assists IIROC regulated ‎investment banks with a variety ‎of regulatory and commercial matters.‎

Shea regularly acts for shippers in arbitrations under the Canada Transportation Act and regulatory proceedings before the Canadian Transportation Agency relating to rail freight rates and service issues. Shea also acts for shippers in related commercial disputes with carriers and terminals.

Having acted as external ‎counsel in civil asset seizure cases for the Attorney General ‎of British Columbia for over a decade, Shea brings an extensive background to his ‎white-collar defence, fraud, and investigations practice. He ‎now uses his former ‎‎‘prosecutorial’ expertise to assist companies seek recovery for corporate/commercial ‎‎fraud and related wrongs.‎‎

Shea is recognized as a litigation star in general corporate and constitutional litigation in Benchmark Litigation: Canada. Shea began his career as a law clerk for two justices of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Bar admissionsBritish Columbia, 2010


  • Confidential final offer arbitration under the Canada Transportation Act, 2022.
  • Level of Service Complaint under the Canada Transportation Act, 2022.
  • Confidential final offer arbitration under the Canada Transportation Act, 2021.
  • Successfully settled complex multi-million dollar partnership and taxation dispute.
  • Successfully removed valuator from valuation dispute.
  • Successfully settled disputed buy-out of minority shares in $30 million dispute.
  • Successfully settled complex licensing dispute in the liquor sector.
  • Successfully settled multi-million dollar share claw-back dispute for founders arising from a new tech IPO and subsequent acquisition.
  • Successfully settled complex multi-jurisdiction commercial lease dispute in hospitality sector.
  • Successfully obtained multi-million dollar injunction for alleged fraud on behalf of large corporate client.
  • English
  • JD, University of British Columbia, ‎‎2009‎
  • PhD, York University, 2006‎
  • MA, University of Western Ontario, ‎‎2005‎

    BA (Honours), University of Toronto, ‎‎2003‎

Publications and media

  • Author, “Cullen Commission on money laundering, part two,” The Lawyer’s Daily, July 27, 2022‎
  • Author, “Cullen Commission report on money laundering, part one,” The Lawyer’s Daily, July 25, 2022‎
  • Author, “Applying for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence in BC,” Cannabis Retailer, 2018‎

Community Involvement

  • Board member, BC Hospitality Foundation (2017-2020)‎
  • Member of planning committee, Vancouver International Wine Festival (2019)‎

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Former Member, board of directors, BC Hospitality Foundation
  • Former Member of planning committee, Vancouver International Wine Festival
  • Former Member, Advocate’s Club
  • Former Co-chair CBA Administrative Law Subsection