E. Patrick Shea, 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, 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 the Government of Jamaica 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 Upper Canada. He is a member of the executive for the Ontario Bar Association's Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and the Canadian Bar Association's Insolvency Section, and was the chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association's Insolvency Committee. He currently sits as a member of both the Canadian Bar Association's National Sections Council and its Legislation and Law Reform Committee. 

Patrick lived and worked in Japan for a number of years where he was an active member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan and a member of the CCCJ’s Events Committee.

Patrick is a licensed pilot and soaring instructor, and a former officer in the Canadian Forces reserves. He sits on the board of the Air Cadet League of Canada's Ontario Provincial Committee and volunteers as a pilot with the Air Cadet Gliding Program. 

Patrick is a Member of the Order of St. John and in 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he was awarded the Law Society Medal, the Law Society of Upper Canada's highest award.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2015
      Law Society Medal - Law Society of Upper Canada
  • 1997

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1993

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLB
  • 1990

    • Education
      Carleton University, BA


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • 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 Upper Canada 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 Upper Canada 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.

Previous speaking engagements

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.