University of Calgary, LLB
University of Calgary, BSc (Zoology)
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Gavin volunteers at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, including with the mooting and debating program. Gavin has also served on various community boards, including Calgary Legal Guidance, the Resicare Society (Resicare provides community-based support for people with disabilities) and the Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary (PASC seeks to provide independence, community inclusion and quality of life for people with disabilities).
Awards & Recognition
2017 - 2021
2019 - 2021
Class Action Litigation
Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Gavin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (Zoology) from the University of Calgary in 1997. He then attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, graduating in 2001.
Upon graduation, Gavin clerked at the Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Following his clerkship, Gavin completed his articles at the Calgary offices of a large national law firm, practicing in securities and regulatory matters. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 2002.
Gavin joined JSS Barristers in 2003, commencing a full-time litigation practice, and became a Partner in 2010, serving as Managing Partner in 2018 and 2019. Gavin is currently the firm's Chairperson and has served on the firm's Executive Committee for over five years.
Gavin's practice focuses primarily on class actions. He also regularly represents clients on corporate and commercial litigation matters, as well as professional negligence claims. He has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Appeal, IIROC and the Alberta Securities Commission.
Gavin's current work includes class actions involving: investor losses; securities misrepresentations; and automobiles. Gavin's recent experience has also included representing affected shareholders in the class proceedings and ongoing CCAA process involving the collapse of Poseidon Concepts Corp. as well as representing Plaintiffs in a large medical negligence claim. He has represented lawyers on more than 60 negligence claims and continues to represent several defendant professionals in other ongoing negligence cases.
JSSBarristers.ca, September 16, 2020
Co-Author (with Charlotte Stokes)
JSSBarristers.ca, July 28, 2020
Co-Author (with Kajal Ervin and Andrea MacLean)
"10 Things for the Litigator's Toolbelt & 10 Tips for Making Practice Better" (webinar), Legal Education Society of Alberta, April 20, 2021