Profile submitted by Howard Shapray QC
Howard Shapray, Q.C. is one of the leaders of British Columbia's commercial and securities litigation bar. In a career that has spanned more than four decades, Mr. Shapray has been called upon by some of Canada's most prominent business entrepreneurs to represent them in a variety of business disputes. Over the years, he has successfully prosecuted and defended corporate disputes, property and environmental cases, mining cases, securities regulatory disputes, fraud and conspiracy claims, professional liability claims, libel and slander, commercial arbitrations, intellectual property issues, and matrimonial and estate disputes. His cases have made both law and headlines.
A Queen’s Counsel, Mr. Shapray holds an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® rating for legal skills and ethics, the publication’s highest level of professional excellence. His peers have repeatedly recommended Mr. Shapray in Lexpert surveys for his 'litigation prowess,' and his skills have also been recognized by Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Canada, which are reputed to be the definitive guides to Canada's leading litigation firms and attorneys. He has been named 'Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Canada' in 2015 by Corporate INTL, and was named '2015 Elite Libel & Slander Lawyer – Canada' by Corporate LiveWire. Mr. Shapray is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America as well.
Mr. Shapray has been called upon by some of Canada's most prominent entrepreneurs to represent them when the stakes are high and the chips are down. Mr. Shapray’s clients are a who's who of Canadian business. Through his strategic management of extraordinary cases, Mr. Shapray has acquired a reputation as a skillful and passionate counsel — summed up by author Peter Newman in his book, Titans, as 'Vancouver’s toughest and ablest courtroom lawyer.' Mr. Shapray thrives on the challenge of hard cases and hard work. His determination to get the best results for his clients has been evident throughout his career, which began in 1970 when Mr. Shapray joined a growing powerhouse business law firm in Vancouver, and where he soon became partner and head of the firm’s litigation department. He founded the boutique commercial litigation firm now known as Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer LLP in 1993
Howard has been recognized as an early leader in computer assisted litigation support. In a case from 1988 that involved the management, manipulation and presentation of more than a million pieces of evidence, he won the trial judge's accolade for a 'forensic achievement' unparalleled in courtroom history. He was a contributor to one the the American Bar Association's bestselling books, Winning with Computers.