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I commenced my articles with Sam Beckie at the Saskatoon Legal Assistance Clinic in 1978 until the Clinic closed temporarily in July, 1978, at which time I completed my articles with Garth Sandstrom of Hnatyshyn, Sandstrom & Company, where I remained until 1982, practising primarily in civil litigation, when I commenced my own firm in association with Mark Brayford, which firm is known as Brayford Shapiro.
From 1978 through to the mid to late 1990's, my practice was primarily in the area of civil litigation, at the trial and appellate levels, in all Courts in the Province of Saskatchewan, as well as in the area of arbitration/mediation. Between 1987 and 2003 I was an active member of the Law Society of Alberta. I have also appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before numerous administrative boards and tribunals. My litigation practice has been most heavily concentrated in the health law field, representing plaintiffs in medical negligence and personal injury litigation, acting as counsel in professional disciplinary and competency matters and in labour relations.
I have been involved in arbitrations, both as counsel (for both management and labour) and chair, and have participated in mediations, both as counsel to participants and as mediator. I have been appointed by the Chair of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board as an arbitrator on public sector labour relations disputes in both Regina and Saskatoon. I am now named as an arbitrator in a major public sector disability plan. I have served as arbitrator/umpire in commercial equipment/vehicle valuation disputes. I am a qualified mediator and have served as mediator in numerous injury claims. I was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ontario as the arbitrator/referee of disputes involving the application of the Hepatitis C Class Actions Settlement (1986-1990) for Saskatchewan. In my capacity as member and more recently chair of the Joint No-Fault Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Canadian Bar Association, I have worked closely with the Coalition Against No-Fault, an organization of accident victims that was formed to seek improvements to the system for motor vehicle accident compensation in Saskatchewan. In the fall, 2003, I was appointed to a two-year contract by Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat as a senior adjudicator of claims submitted as part of a new ADR process to deal with outstanding claims by former students of Indian Residential Schools. [Chief Adjudicator - Ted Hughes]