Shea Coulson is a partner in at Dentons Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. Based in Dentons’ Vancouver office, Shea’s practice focuses on commercial, real estate, regulatory and constitutional litigation. Shea brings a practical business sense with a deep knowledge and understanding of both commercial law, and the complex legal doctrines and political environments that govern regulatory decision-making by provincial and federal governments and their agencies. This unique combination of skills translates into real, business-facing results for clients confronting nuanced, complex litigation. Shea has appeared in significant, precedent-setting cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, the BC Court of Appeal, the BC Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Canada. His core philosophy is to develop efficient, effective strategy that meets the business goals of his clients.
With 10 years’ experience working for the hospitality industry, Shea has developed a special capability in BC liquor law and regulation, as well as the new cannabis laws and regulations, including distribution, sale and licensing.
Shea is a tireless advocate for businesses facing challenging regulatory environments. He has successfully navigated many small, medium and large businesses through complex, multi-party situations dealing with significant regulatory investigations and shifting regulatory environments. His sector experience is broad and includes transportation and shipping, post-secondary education, freedom of and access to information, and municipal zoning and regulation.
Shea has acted in dozens of complex commercial cases, including corporate governance; derivative and oppression actions; commercial and investment fraud contracts; joint venture disputes; insurance coverage; professional liability; trademark and copyright; commercial leasing; and sale of business disputes. Shea was a clerk for two justices of the BC Court of Appeal and taught Constitutional Remedies at UBC Law School for several years.