The litigators at MJM LLP pride themselves on delivering high quality legal representation in all matters involving commercial disputes, construction law, general civil litigation, insurance defence, personal injury and family law.
Their collective experience encompasses representation of clients before courts at all levels, as well as, appearances before a wide range of tribunals.
Select from the list for detailed professional biographies of each member of our team.
Shane K. McGurk
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Shane McGurk is a partner with the firm. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1999 with his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (with distinction) after having obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (with distinction) in 1996. He was the recipient of numerous academic awards and prizes including the Margaret Hypatia Crawford and Carswell Canada Prize. Shane was admitted to the Alberta and Manitoba Bar in 2000 and since that time has practiced in Calgary, Alberta.

Shane has appeared before all levels of the Courts in the Province of Alberta and before the Courts in the Province of Manitoba. He has extensive experience with all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including, arbitration, mediation and mini-trials.
In addition, Shane has been actively involved in the continuing education of the insurance, construction and legal communities having authored papers and presented on a wide variety of topics. He has served as a lecturer at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law teaching Commercial General Liability Policies of Insurance and previously served on the editorial board of the Risk Management Counsel of Canada.

LL.B. (with Distinction),1999
University of Manitoba

B.A. (with Distinction), 1996
University of Manitoba
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• Civil Litigation
• Construction
• Engineering
• Insurance Defence
• Energy Disputes

Shane acts for both national and global insurers. In addition he renders services to brokerage firms, corporations with self-insured retentions and adjusting firms both as counsel and as litigator. His practice in this area involves the defence of actions brought against insureds, coverage interpretation and disputes, subrogated claims, drafting of policy wordings and the defence of actions brought against insurers. His practice involves all facets of insurance including professional liability, directors and officers liability, tavern and host liability, personal injury, products liability, fraud, occupiers liability and commercial property claims.
Construction, Engineering and Energy
Shane’s primary focus in this area relates to risk management and the resolution of disputes that arise during the course of a construction project. He acts for owners, contractors, project managers, subcontractors, suppliers, architects and engineering consultants relating to the delivery and performance of construction projects. Shane also acts for and advises clients on RFP/Tender related matters, builders’ liens, surety issues, delay claims, construction contracts and different forms of project delivery. Mr. McGurk acts for a variety of design professionals and is frequently involved with multi-party litigation involving building/deficiency/ design related claims.
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First Mortgage Committee v. Investors Acceptance Co., 2003 ABQB 67

Murkute v. Condo Plan 8210334, 2006 ABCA 315

UPA Construction Group Ltd. Partnership v. Lake Placid Properties (Park) Inc., 2006 ABCA 315

Wallace v. Johnson, 2008 ABQB 771

Bouvry Exports Ltd. v. ING Insurance Co. of Canada, 2008 ABQB 61; 439 A.R. 281.

Wallace v. Johnson (2008) ABQB 771 (Q.B.)

Kent Construction Services Ltd. v. Plasco Contractors Ltd., 2007 ABQB 355; 424 A.R. 368

Chidiac v. Lu, 2006 ABPC 276

Tirion Properties Ltd. v. Safety Codes Council, 2008 ABQB 549
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Corporate Responsibility: Director Liability: Avoiding Oppression Actions (Calgary, 2013)

Risk Management Strategies for Consulting Engineers (Calgary, 2011)

Construction Law Primers – Strategies for 2010: Tendering, Risk Management and Dispute Resolution: Construction Liens and Trusts (Calgary, 2010)

Going Green: Green Building – LEED Certification (Edmonton, 2009)

Canadian Institute – Negotiating Construction Contracts: An Introduction to Risk Management During Construction: Identifying Risks Upfront and Mitigation Strategies (Calgary, 2008).

Limitation Periods Across Canada, Risk Management Counsel of Canada, Western Canadian Conference (Calgary, 2006)

2005-2007 – University of Calgary, Faculty of Law – Commercial General Liability Policies of Insurance
John A. MacIver
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John has over 20 years of litigation experience. He has conducted trials in civil and criminal courts. He has appeared before the Manitoba and Alberta Courts of Appeal, as well as, the Supreme Court of Canada. In the area of Administrative Law John has advocated before provincial and federal tribunals. He acts for plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and corporations.
He received his Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Manitoba in 1989 and his LL.B. from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 1993. John was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1994 and Alberta in 2006.
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  • General Litigation
  • Insurance Defence
  • Professional Liability
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Class Action and Mass Tort
  • Contracts
  • Commercial and Construction Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Employment Disputes
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • Competition Claims
  • Shareholders Rights
  • First Nations Law
  • Insolvency
  • Collections
  • Mediation and Arbitration
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Sparks v. Brothers, 2008 ABQB 740

Weatherall v. Seaba, 2008 ABQB 689

Marchand v. Brar, 2008 ABQB 470

Seich v. Tobin, 2007 ABQB 492

Alexander et al v. Zurich Insurance Company et al, 2001 MBQB 304

Alexander v. Zurich Insurance Co., 2002 MBCA 88

Gale v. Hominick, 1997 CanLII 2561 (MBCA)

Unger v. Dynamic Machine Corporation, 2003 MBQB 169

2686172 Manitoba Ltd. v Wellington Insurance Company et al, 2003 MBQB 83

Shamattawa First Nation v Haugen Morrish et al, 2005 MBQB 17

C.M.F. v. Manitoba, 2001 MBQB 75

Albert v. Norway House Cree Nation, 1997 CanLII 5774 (FC)

R. v. Caslake, [1998] 1 S.C.R. 51

3925928 Manitoba Ltd. v. 101029530 Saskatchewan Ltd., 2005 FC 1465
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  • Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Insurance Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Volunteer – Pro Bono Law Alberta (Amicus Project)
  • Member of the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose (Elected Guardian of the Pond)
  • Past member of the Defence Research Institute involved in the International Legal Issues Specialized Litigation Group
  • Past Vice Chairman of Tamarack Centre
  • Instructor – Renovators and the Law
  • Contributing Author “The Commercial Laws of Canada” Oceana Publications, New York.
  • Volunteer with the Community Legal Education program
  • Speaker with the Canadian Bar Association’s Law Day Program.
  • Appearances and commentary in national and local television broadcasts and newspapers
Balraj Grewal
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Balraj Grewal is an articling student with the firm. He recently graduated law school from the University of Calgary with a Juris Doctorate (JD). He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. As a law student, Bal volunteered with Student Legal Assistance, providing representation and advocacy for clients involving criminal and civil matters. 
Bal also participated in the Rural Energy Agricultural Law (REAL) group as a member and an executive member along with participating in multiple sports teams while attending law school. Prior to law school, he was involved in the corporate sector, primarily in commerce for a number of years. Bal brings a professional, courteous and client centred approach to his practice.
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MJM LLP is a Calgary law firm with a focus on Litigation and Insurance disputes.


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