Shayne P. Strukoff, QC

Shayne Strukoff is a senior member of Gowling WLG's Advocacy Department, member of the firm's National Management Committee, and former managing partner of the firm's Vancouver office. Over the past 29 years, Shayne has built a reputation as a leading counsel who conducts himself with the highest degree of skill, professionalism and integrity.

Shayne is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator. He completed mediation and arbitration courses offered by Harvard Law School as well as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of BC, and is currently a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute.

Shayne is recognized by his peers as a leading counsel in British Columbia, and has been independently ranked as one of the best litigation lawyers in B.C. by several national and international publications. Benchmark Litigation, a U.S. publication, rated Shayne as one of the "litigation stars" in several areas, including Competition Law, Class Actions and Product Liability, and noted that Shayne was "praised by peers as pleasant to deal with; strong, capable and smart." Martindale-Hubbell rated Shayne as BV Distinguished. Chambers, a U.K. publication, recognized Shayne in its global directory for dispute resolution and described him as "very pragmatic and highly experienced." The Best Lawyers in Canada has named Shayne one of the best lawyers in B.C. for commercial litigation. Lexpert also noted that Shayne is "repeatedly recommended."

Shayne has authored or co-authored legal articles for the Vancouver Sun, Business in Vancouver, and Mining World. He co-wrote and presented a paper on "Carriage Motions" to the Canadian Bar Association class action subsection and was invited to be a panelist at the Insight Conference on Major Business Agreements, where he presented his paper on "Minimizing Litigation Risk: A Litigator's Perspective for Solicitors." Shayne has been quoted or favourably mentioned in a number of legal articles, including, "Legal eagles build a case for IT adoption"; the National Post, "Justice Relies on Timeliness" and "Caution needed when conducting due diligence."; and the Vancouver Sun, "International Hi-Tech was 'a massive shell game,' judge finds."

Career & Recognition

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    • Rankings & Awards
      November 2015
      Chambers Canada 2016
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      September 2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
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      July 2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
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      April 2015
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015
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      April 2015
      Chambers Global 2015
  • 2014

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      September 2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      April 2014
      Chambers Global 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2014
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014
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      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      February 2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2012
      Benchmark Canada 2012
  • 1986

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 1985

    • Education
      University of British Columbia, LLB
  • 1984

    • Education
      University of British Columbia, B.Comm.

Representative Work

Bryar Law Corporation v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al., No. S070350

Counsel to a US-based semiconductor design and manufacturing company named as a co-defendant in class proceedings before the Supreme Court of British Columbia alleging price fixing and anti-competitive conduct against producers of static random access memory (SRAM).

Bain v. General Motors et al, Ontario Court file no: 07-CV-340633CP

Counsel to the North American and Canadian subsidiaries of a leading global automobile manufacturer in a proposed Ontario class action in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice involving allegations of cross-border price fixing.

McKay v. Ace Aviation Holdings, et. al., S067490

Counsel to a US-based airline initially named as a co-defendant in a putative class action filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia with respect to alleged anti-trust action in regard to price fixing for air cargo;

The Consumers' Association of Canada et al. v. Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. et al., 2006 BCSC, appeal dismissed 2007 BCCA 356.

Counsel to a leading Canadian food wholesaler and distributor and to the Canadian beverage subsidiary of a multi-national food and beverage conglomerate named as co-defendants in a class action in the Supreme Court of British Columbia based on the British Columbia Beverage Container Stewardship Program Regulation; the action was ultimately dismissed by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia pursuant to a summary judgment application.

Wong v. Nissan Canada Inc. et al., S046621, Vancouver Registry

Counsel to the Canadian subsidiary of a leading global automobile manufacturer and its dealers in a putative class action in British Columbia involving allegations of defective vehicle brakes; claim was dismissed by consent.

MacKinnon v. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, 2004 BCSC 125

Counsel to a British Columbia-based credit union which avoided joinder in class proceedings before the Supreme Court of British Columbia involving a claim related to alleged excessive charges on overdraft accounts.

Re: 360networks

Canadian counsel to a Big Four accounting firm, auditor for Vancouver-based fibre-optic network builder 360networks, in US class proceedings filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York which alleged that 360networks had overstated its revenues between November 2000 and June 2001 by almost US$4.8 billion; the claim against the accounting firm was abandoned.

Sadler and Hart v. Watson Wyatt & Company, Royal Trust Corp et al. No. C982281, Vancouver Registry]

Counsel to the corporate directors of an insolvent British Columbia-based mining company in a class action before the Supreme Court of British Columbia relating to underfunding of the company's corporate pension plan; the directors avoided liability.

Elms et. al. v. Laurentian Bank of Canada et. al., No. C990211, Vancouver Registry.

Counsel to a major Canadian bank named as a defendant in a class action in the Supreme Court of British Columbia arising from a failed real estate development; the action was ultimately discontinued.