E. Patrick Shea, MStJ, LSM, CS Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1997 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-7399

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: patrick.shea@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

E. Patrick Shea, MStJ, LSM, CS

Patrick Shea is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of commercial law with a particular focus on the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency.

A certified specialist in bankruptcy and insolvency law, Patrick has acted for a variety of clients in large corporate restructuring and insolvency matters in the entertainment, retail, automotive, airline, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industrial sectors. He has also advised the Government of Canada and governments in the Caribbean Region on the reform of their insolvency laws.

Patrick was an instructor for the business law and insolvency portions of the Bar Admission Course run by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and taught an advanced restructuring course at Queen's University. He is coach for the LSO's Coach and Advisory Network and tutors students who are taking the LSO Licensing Exams.

Patrick is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section, the Canadian Bar Association's Insolvency Section, and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association's Insolvency Committee. He is currently the co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's International Committee and chair of the OBA's Recognition and Leadership Development Committee.

Patrick is a licensed pilot and a former officer in the Canadian Forces reserves. He is the secretary for the 48th Highlanders of Canada's Regimental Senate, the RCAF Foundation and the Rangers' Foundation.

Patrick has been admitted as a Member/Serving Brother of the Order of St. John. He is a past director of St. John Ambulance Ontario and currently sits on the Board of St. John Ambulance's Toronto Branch. He is the chair of the St. John Canada Foundation.

In 2012, Patrick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; in 2018, he received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers; and in 2019, he received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Patrick has also been awarded two Minister of Veteran's Affairs Commendations for his work to commemorate veterans of WWI and WWII. In 2015, Patrick was awarded the Law Society Medal, the Law Society of Ontario's highest award.

Career & Recognition

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  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Royal Canadian Military Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association

Articles written by Patrick have been published in the United States, Germany and Japan and he has presented papers on insolvency and insolvency-related topics at conferences in Canada, the United States, Japan, New Zealand and Malaysia. Patrick wrote the chapter on Canadian insolvency law for a major Japanese work on cross-border insolvency, edited a book on cross-border insolvency and is the author of a book on recent amendments to Canada's insolvency legislation.

In 2013, Patrick started a powerful initiative with the Law Society of Ontario to honour Canadian law students who sacrificed their lives in service of their country during World War 1. The initiative, The Great War Law Student Memorial Project, is intended to recognize the sacrifices these young men made by giving them what the fates denied them almost 100 years ago. On Nov. 10, 2014, the Law Society of Ontario gave the Ontario law students killed in the war Honorary Calls to the Bar. The book of biographies of the law students, prepared by Patrick for the event, is available as a PDF download: The Great War Law Student Memorial Project.

Representative Work

Patrick has acted for stakeholders in insolvency proceedings involving Skyservice, Nortel, Unique Broadband Systems, Anvil Range Mining, Livent, Quality Dino, AgriBioTech Canada, Eatons, Algoma, Teleglobe, PSINet, 360Networks, GT Group Telecom, Cotton Ginny, Air Canada, PanGeo Pharma, Noble China, SAAN Stores and Keata Pharma.