1990

Alberta

2006

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, LL.M. - major in dispute resolution

1990

University of Alberta, LL.B.

1987

University of Calgary, BSc. - Chemical Engineering

ADR Institute of Alberta and Canada

Calgary Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Canadian Energy Law Foundation

Law Society of Alberta

Litigation Counsel of America

Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society

Tutor, Accelerated Route to Fellowship (Online)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canada Branch, 2020

Tutor, Accelerated Route to Fellowship (Toronto, ON)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canada Branch, 2019

Guest Lecturer, Civil Procedure (Arbitration)

University of Calgary: Faculty of Law, 2018

Instructor, Advocacy

Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education, 2012

Guest Instructor, Advocacy

Legal Education Society of Alberta: Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, 2009 & 2011

Sessional Instructor, Civil Procedure

University of Calgary: Faculty of Law, 2003 - 2010

Guest Instructor, Trial Advocacy

University of Calgary: Faculty of Law - Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009

Regular Guest Speaker, Nursing and Healthcare in Forensic Populations

University of Calgary: Faculties of Nursing and Continuing Education, 1997 - 2002

Guest Lecturer, Civil Procedure

University of Calgary: Faculty of Law, 2002

Guest Lecturer, Remedies

University of Calgary: Faculty of Law, 2000

Alberta Energy Regulator
Included on list of mediators
(2003 - present)

Legal Education Society of Alberta
Member - Board of Directors
(2012 - present)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Canada Branch)
Member - Branch Executive Committee
(2017 - present)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Alberta Branch)
Chair - Chapter Executive Committee
(2017 - present)

Mount Royal University: Forensic Studies Program
Chairperson
(2006 – 2013)
Member - Community Advisory Board
(2002 – 2006)
Ad hoc advisor
(1999 – 2002)
Co-author of two Internet course units

Legal Education Society of Alberta
Co-Chair - New Lawyer Experience Seminar
(2009)

Certus Strategies and Canadian Dispute Resolution Corporation
Included on list of mediators
(1997 - 2004, 2006 - 2008)

Law Society of Alberta
Member - Insurance Committee
(2004)

Resicare Society of Alberta
Member (and multiple terms as President) - Board of Directors
(1994 - 2003)

Law Society of Alberta
Member - Conduct Committee
(2000 - 2003)

Theatre Junction
Member - Board of Directors
(1996 - 1999)

Alberta Justice Provincial Court
Included on roster of mediators - Civil Claims Mediation Program
(1998 - 1999)

Better Business Bureau
Included on roster of mediators - Mediation Program
(1996 - 1998)

2014 - 2021

Best Lawyers
Alternative Dispute Resolution

2021

Best Lawyers
Corporate and Commercial Litigation

2021

Best Lawyers
Labour and Employment Law

2020

Best Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year, Calgary
Alternative Dispute Resolution

2014 - 2020

Benchmark Litigation
Litigation Star

2020

Lexpert
Commercial Arbitration
Repeatedly Recommended

2012

Queen's Counsel Recipient

2009

University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence (Nominee)

2003

Avenue Magazine
Top 40 Under 40

Sabri M. Shawa QC, FCIArb

Sabri M. Shawa is a highly-regarded arbitrator, mediator and litigator.

In the nearly three decades of practicing in Calgary, Sabri has been appointed as an arbitrator dozens of times and as mediator on many hundreds of occasions. He has also represented and advised thousands of parties in matters before the courts, a wide variety of administrative and regulatory boards and tribunals, at arbitrations, and in mediations.

In addition to practicing, Sabri has extensive experience teaching. For 8 years, he taught Civil Procedure at the University of Calgary Law School, a required course for all students. Additionally, he taught in a variety of other programs and has spoken at many conferences and seminars on a wide range of topics.

Sabri was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012.

In 2014, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an internationally recognized dispute resolution organization. He also serves on the executive board of the Canadian branch of the Institute and is the chairperson of its Alberta chapter.

He has been consistently listed in Best Lawyers since 2014 and was named Lawyer of the Year in Calgary for 2020 for Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is listed as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Canada for arbitration and dispute resolution, among other things, and have been for many years. The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory also lists him as repeatedly recommended for Commercial Arbitration.

He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, as well as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.


Experience

Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP 1995 – present:
Firm Chairman 2008 - 2014
Managing Partner 1997 - 2004
Founding Partner 1995

MacKimmie Matthews 1990 – 1995:
Articling Student and Associate, Litigation Department

Arbitration, Mediation, and Negotiation

The broad scope of my litigation practice over the years has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of many businesses, industries, and endeavours. That familiarity, coupled with his training in dispute resolution, equips him to serve as an independent arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of disputes. As part of his formal training, he has studied arbitration, international commercial dispute resolution, mediation, and international trade law.

He has been appointed as arbitrator on dozens of occasions, in both administered and ad hoc arbitrations, including through the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, with respect to:

  • Construction and engineering projects
  • Natural resource ventures
  • Shareholders, franchise, partnership, and joint venture agreements
  • Insurance claims and coverage
  • Umpire determinations under s. 519 of the Alberta Insurance Act
  • Commercial lease renewal rates
  • Employment and labour relations.

As counsel, he has represented parties in many more arbitrations, concerning a wide variety of maters, both domestic and international, administered and ad hoc. He has appeared as counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. He also has experience drafting submission agreements and arbitration clauses, and has provided advice and opinions on enforceability of arbitration provisions, and appeals and enforcement of awards.

He has been retained to mediate many hundreds of disputes and represented parties in many others, including with respect to:

  • Personal injury
  • Shareholder, partner, and joint venture relationships
  • Plant and facilities disasters
  • Construction and project management
  • Employment
  • Professional negligence
  • Medical malpractice.

He has also been hired to negotiate a variety of professional services agreements and related arrangements, including large agreements covering hundreds of individuals.

General Commercial Litigation as well as Administrative and Regulatory Proceedings with an emphasis on Engineering, Energy, and the Environment

He is regularly retained to provide advice and representation in respect of claims (in both litigation and arbitration) and regulatory proceedings concerning:

  • Engineering and design faults and failures
  • Construction deficiencies and delays
  • Oil and gas operating and royalty agreements, as well as ownership and rights issues
  • Misappropriation of proprietary technology and data
  • Environmental contamination, nuisance, and remediation and reclamation
  • Electrical transmission and generation
  • Pipelines
  • Contractual disputes and negligence claims involving industrial parties
  • Insurance, including coverage.

Employment and Business Relationships

As counsel in litigation, and as an advisor to employers and employees, he provides representation and advice in employment and professional matters, particularly with respect to executives, involving:

  • Wrongful and constructive dismissals
  • Employment issues in restructurings and succession planning
  • Employee misfeasance and misconduct
  • Breaches of confidentiality as well as non-competition and non-solicitation obligations
  • Breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Injunctions
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Professional misconduct and discipline proceedings
  • Admission to professional associations and licencing.

He has negotiated, drafted, and provided advice with respect to:

  • Employment, executive compensation, and independent contractor agreements
  • Services and partnership agreements
  • Employment policies.

 In addition, he has investigated, reported and advised, on complaints against directors, officers and employees.


Publications

“Civil Procedure Update”

Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, First Edition 2011, Alberta Rules of Court, Cumulative Supplement Release 14, LexisNexis
Co-Author

“Mandatory Mediation Under the New Alberta Rules of Court - the First Year”

Law Matters, Canadian Bar Association, 2011
Author

“Informed Consent Most Difficult”

Lawyer’s Weekly: Medical Negligence Issue, 1998
Author


Speaking Engagements

Speaker
"Remedies for Unfavourable Arbitration Awards: Appeals, Setting Aside, and Declarations of Invalidity", Canadian Bar Association: Alberta Branch, ADR Subsection (online), 2020

Speaker
"Appeals, Setting Aside, and Declarations of Invalidity", ADR Institute of Canada, Arbitration Appeals: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 2020

Speaker
Arbitration Pitfalls & Misconceptions”, ADR Institute of Alberta Luncheon, 2019

Speaker
Arbitration Pitfalls & Misconceptions”, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (Calgary and Edmonton), 2019

Speaker
“Basics of Arbitration and Making the Most of Mediation”, Derer Lutz, No Longer Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium, 2019

Speaker

Limitation Periods of Arbitration, ADR Institute of Canada, ADR to the Rescue of Justice Conference, Montreal, QC, 2018

Speaker
Limitation Periods of Arbitration, Canadian Bar Association: Alberta Branch - ADR Subsection, Calgary, AB, 2018

Speaker
Arbitrating the Construction Dispute, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development: Certificate of Construction Law - Western Canada Edition, 2016

Speaker
Arbitration, Canadian Bar Association: Alberta Branch - ADR Subsection, Calgary, AB, 2015

Speaker
Mediations: Games People Play”, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association: Litigation Potpourri, 2015

Speaker
“Arbitration”, Central Alberta Bar Association, 2015

Speaker
Evidence Law Refresher (the Rule of Browne v Dunne and Evidence Not Called: The Adverse Inference, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2014

Panelist
How to Establish a Successful Litigation Practice, Canadian Bar Association: Alberta Law Conference, 2014

Panelist
Candid Conversations with Men in Law Round Table Discussion, University of Calgary, 2014

Panelist
Thinking Outside the Box to Realize ALL Potential Benefits of Commercial Arbitration, ADR Institute of Canada/International Chamber of Commerce Canada Gold Standard in ADR Conference, Toronto, ON, 2013

Panelist and Workshop Instructor
Evidence for Litigators Seminar, Legal Education Society of Alberta: Advocacy Series, 2011

Moderator
Financial Experts in ADR, ADR Institute of Canada: Peak Performance in ADR Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2011

Speaker
“Selection, Appointment and Jurisdiction of the Arbitrator”, “Scope and Composition of the Award”, “Enforcement of Domestic and International Awards”, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Arbitration Seminar, 2011

Speaker
Medical Care for the Gravely Ill - Who Calls the Shots?, Calgary Medical Legal Society, 2008

Interviewee
Interviewed about an injunction I obtained in respect of a comatose patient in respect of whom a do-not-resuscitate order had been made, The National at Six, CBC TV, 2007

Interviewee
Interviewed about an injunction I obtained in respect of a comatose patient in respect of whom a do-not-resuscitate order had been made, Calgary Eyeopener, CBC Radio, 2007

Graduation Guest Speaker
Cochrane High School, 1989 & 2004

Speaker
Elective C-Sections - Latest Challenges and Complications, Insight Information Co.: Obstetric Malpractice and Risk Management Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2004

Moderator
Sexual Torts Workshop, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association: Sexual Torts Workshop, 2004

Moderator
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association: Section B Auto Insurance Workshop, 2003

Speaker
Building the Plaintiff’s Case, The Canadian Institute: Litigating Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries Conference, Toronto, ON, 2003

Regular Guest Speaker
Nursing and Healthcare in Forensic Populations, University of Calgary: Faculties of Nursing and Continuing Education, Calgary, AB, 1997 - 2002

Speaker
Use of Experts in Accident Reconstruction, Canadian Institute: Claims Litigation Conference, 2002

Regular Speaker
Legal Liability, Insurance and Screening Practices for Not-For-Profit Organizations, Volunteer Calgary, Calgary, AB, 1997 - 2000

Interviewee
Internet radio interview about suing politicians, Essential Talk Network, 2000

Panelist
National Dispute Resolution Conference: Conflict Solution, 2000

Speaker
Standard of Care, Consent and Limitation Period Issues, Lexpert: Medical Negligence Conference, 1998

Speaker
Informed Consent”, Canadian Bar Association: Health Law Subsection, 1998