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Martin F.  Sheehan

Martin F. Sheehan, AdE

Partner | Co-leader, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Fasken
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Jurisdiction Quebec, 1991
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montreal

Martin F. Sheehan is the Co-leader of Litigation and Dispute Resolution group and  specializes in commercial litigation. Martin acts on behalf of companies and professionals in the areas of commercial, professional and product liability. He appears before courts of all jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has in-depth knowledge of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Martin is recognized by his peers as a leading commercial and product liability litigator in Canada. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers an invitation only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada. He defends manufacturers, importers and distributors of industrial and consumer products in individual or class actions. He works with public and investor  relations departments to manage product recalls.

He also helps companies involved in class actions based on breaches of the Consumer Protection Act or other related laws.

His expertise in civil liability covers a variety of areas. Martin defends airlines and aircraft manufacturers, as well as a wide range of professionals (architects, engineers, accountants, bailiffs, brokers, lawyers, pharmacists, psychologists, and real estate agents).

He provides creative solutions to problems that arise during major construction and technology projects, whether it involves disputes over schedule or cost overruns, contract termination or disputes on the scope of the contract.  Martin regularly delivers seminars during which he shares tips and advice on project management.

2019 Lexpert Recognized by the Lexpert Special Edition - Litigation
2010 to 2019 The Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, International Arbitration and Product Liability Law
2018 The Best Lawyers in Canada Named Lawyer of the year in Product Liability Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada (2018 edition)


  • BCL McGill University
  • LLB McGill University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
    • Member, CBA Resolutions Committee (2013-2016) Chair (2016-2017)
    • President of the Canadian Bar Association - Québec Division (2011-2012)
    • Member, Board of Directors, National Directorate, of the CBA (2011-2012)
    • Chair of the CBA's By-law Consolidation Committee - Québec Division (2010-2011)
    • Member of the Executive Committee (2005-2007), Vice-President (2010-2011)
    • Head of the Committee on Strategic Alliances and Partnerships (2005-2007)
  • Member, Québec Bar
    • Lecturer (Obligations), École du Barreau du Québec, (2014-present)
    • Member, Compensation Fund Committee (2007-present)
    • Member, Account Arbitration Committee (2011-present)
    • Member, Private Practice Committee (2008-2011)
    • Founding member, Board of Directors of the Legal Information Access Centre (2001-2002; 2003-2008); Vice-President (2006-2007), President (2007-2008)
    • Member, Québec Bar Requests Committee (2005-2007)
    • Member of the General Council of the Québec Bar (2000-2003)
    • President, Québec Bar Internet Committee (1998-1999)
  • Member, Montréal Bar
    • Member, Board of Directors of the Bar of Montréal (2000-2003); Secretary, Bar of Montréal (2000-2001)
    • Chair of the Bar of Montréal Liaison Committee with the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal (2003-2006)
    • Member, Bar of Montréal Communications and Web Site Committee (1998-2002)
    • Member, Bar of Montréal Library Committee (1999-2000)
  • Member, Canadian Intellectual Property Institute
    • Member, Internet Committee of the Canadian Intellectual Property Institute (1999-2001)
  • Young Bar Association of Montréal
    • Member, Board of Directors of the Young Bar Association of Montréal (1994-1997);
    • Secretary, Young Bar Association of Montréal (1995-1996)
    • Representative and/or conference speaker for the Young Bar Association of Montréal at the conference of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in Washington (September 95), San Antonio (May 95), Tucson (May 96) and Charleston (May 97)
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Project Managers Institute's Montréal Chapter (2005-present)
Speaker Jurisprudence récente en droit immobilier Presented at the 5th edition of the Real Estate Seminar organized by Éditions Yvon Blais
Delegating work to outside counsel: When? Why? How? Presented at Brown Bag Lunch Seminar organized the Canadian Bar Association location location Montreal Fasken Martineau
Drones: Overview of the Legal Landscape Presented at Young Bar Association of Montreal Congress. location location Palais des Congrès de Montréal


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