I have spent my entire career practicing law in Calgary. I appear as counsel at all levels of court in Alberta, as well as at a wide variety of administrative and regulatory boards and tribunals, and at arbitrations and mediations. I am also an arbitrator, mediator and negotiator.
In 2012, I was appointed Queen's Counsel and in 2014, I was admitted as a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
I am listed in the 2013 - 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Alternative Dispute Resolution for both Arbitration and Mediation. I am listed as a Canadian Litigation Star in Arbitration and Energy/Resources (2014 - 2015) by Benchmark Canada.
My current practice is comprised primarily of:
I have been retained in countless litigation, administrative and regulatory proceedings concerning:
The breadth of my litigation practice over the years has given me a broad knowledge of many businesses, industries and endeavours. That familiarity, coupled with my training in dispute resolution techniques and practices, equips me to serve as an independent arbitrator or mediator in a wide variety of disputes.
I have been retained in many arbitrations, both as counsel for a party and as an arbitrator, including with respect to:
I have also been retained to mediate hundreds of disputes and represented parties in many others, including with respect to:
I provide advice and opinions to, and represented, employers and employees in matters involving:
I have negotiated:
My experience also includes drafting and reviewing employment, executive compensation and independent contractor agreements, as well as employment policies.
Other retainers have included investigation of employee misfeasance and harassment.
I have represented judges, lawyers, engineers, accountants, investment advisers, stock and insurance brokers, doctors and other health care providers in claims and proceedings against them. I have also served as counsel to professional discipline tribunals.
In addition to my current practice, I have significant experience with:
Please contact Sabri M. Shawa QC, FCIArb at shawas [at] jssbarristers [dot] ca if you are interested in receiving a copy of any of the following:
23 December 2014
I earned a Master of Laws degree with a major in Dispute Resolution from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, in 2006. My course of study there included arbitration, international commercial dispute resolution, and international trade law.
In 2014, I became a Fellow (FCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, an internationally-recognized dispute resolution organization. I am also a member of ADR Canada and the ADR Institute of Alberta. I am listed in Best Lawyers International for Alternative Dispute Resolution (arbitration and mediation) and as a Canadian Litigation Star by Benchmark Canada for Arbitration.
I have been retained as an arbitrator on several occasions with respect to a variety of matters including construction projects, franchise agreements, and general commercial disputes.
Over the nearly 25 years I have been practicing as a litigator in Calgary, I have been involved in dozens of arbitrations as counsel for a party. Those arbitrations were in respect of claims arising out of freight contracts, construction and project management agreements, construction deficiencies, contractors' negligence, and labour disputes, among other things.
I have, on many occasions, drafted arbitration clauses, as well as arbitration agreements. I have also provided advice and opinions on the application and enforceability of arbitration provisions.
In 2013, I spoke at the International Chamber of Commerce Canada Conference on Realizing Potential Benefits of Commercial Arbitration. In 2011, I spoke at the Legal Education Society of Alberta's Arbitration Seminar on the selection, appointment and jurisdiction of the arbitrator, scope and composition of the award, and enforcement of awards (domestic and international). Also, in 2011, I moderated a panel discussion on Financial Experts in ADR at the ADR Institute of Canada Peak Performance Conference.
When I was a member of the Conduct Committee of the Law Society of Alberta, I sat as a panel member in hearings reviewing the conduct of lawyers against whom complaints had been made. I have also acted as counsel to various tribunals to provide advice to hearing panel members in the course of proceedings.
I would be happy to speak with you about any potential appointment.
In addition to my experience as a mediator in hundreds of disputes, I have a Master of Laws degree with a major in Dispute Resolution from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
I am a member of ADR Canada and the ADR Institute of Alberta. I am also listed in Best Lawyers International for Alternative Dispute Resolution (arbitration and mediation).
I have been retained to mediate disputes relating to matters including, among other things:
I am able to provide whatever degree of mediator involvement parties seek, ranging from very active engagement on the facts and legal issues to passive facilitation. I am also comfortable structuring mediations with as much or as little direct party contact as the parties desire.
In 2011, I wrote an article for Law Matters entitled Mandatory Mediation under the New Rules of Court - the First Year. I am included on the Alberta Energy Regulator's roster of mediators. In 2000, I was a panelist at the Conflict Solutions National Dispute Resolution Conference.
Our offices are available to host mediations of any size with no additional charge.
I would be happy to speak with you about any potential mediations.