In 1995, a group of distinguished barristers formed what is now Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP (known as JSS Barristers), one of Canada’s most prominent civil litigation and advocacy boutique law firms.

JSS Barristers has a reputation as one of Western Canada’s top litigation firms. It has been recognized as a “highly recommended” firm since 2012 by Benchmark Litigation; a “Band 1” firm for general commercial litigation in Alberta (the only boutique firm to receive this recognition); and has been listed as one of Canada’s Top 10 civil litigation boutique firms by Canadian Lawyer magazine since 2012, among many other awards and honours.

JSS Barristers consistently provides high-quality representation to its clients. It practices in all areas of commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, construction claims, corporate disputes, energy, employment, securities, intellectual property, and telecommunication. It also practices in the administrative and regulatory fields, including representing clients in provincial and national energy regulatory matters, as well before various Securities Commissions, the Competition Bureau and Industry Canada. Lawyers from our firm are also retained directly by regulatory bodies for advice and representation from time to time. JSS Barristers is also a leading class actions firm, routinely acting for defendants and plaintiffs in class actions brought in Alberta, and elsewhere in Canada.

Lawyers from JSS Barristers have achieved success in Courts at all levels in Alberta, and elsewhere in Canada. We have successfully represented clients in the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.  We have also successfully represented clients in private arbitrations (both domestic and international) and before various regulatory bodies and tribunals.

The strength of our firm lies in the diverse backgrounds of our lawyers, many of whom have extensive experience as trial and appellate advocates. The reputations of our lawyers are unquestioned, with many of our clients being referred to us by conflicted counsel and former clients, alike.

Lawyers from JSS Barristers are able to offer services to clients in English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese.

In terms of our paralegals and Litigation Support Department, they have a combined experience of over 50 years in the industry, supporting matters in all levels of court and alternative dispute resolution procedures. Our firm is open and welcoming of new technology and employ the latest software tools to achieve the best and most efficient results for our clients. Our Litigation Support Department is experienced at troubleshooting unique situations and welcomes the challenges that come with every matter. Our team is made up of three full-time paralegals who specialize in document production and trial support, and who make creative, effective, and efficient use of technology. Our Litigation Support Department approaches each file with precision, imagination and attention to detail.