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 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.
Education LL.B. (with Distinction),1999 University of Manitoba
B.A. (with Distinction), 1996 University of Manitoba
• Civil Litigation • Construction • Engineering • Insurance Defence • Energy Disputes Insurance 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.
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
Wolf v Wolf, 2019 ABQB 200
Torfason v. Booth, 2017 ABQB 387
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 is a trial lawyer, biker and trucker. He has over 25 years’ experience as trial counsel in Alberta and Manitoba. His focus has been on personal injury, criminal defence, insurance and family law.
He has run civil, criminal and family trials and appeals across Western Canada. He has appeared as lead counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada. He represents individuals and corporations, plaintiffs and defendants.
John is proud to be a biker with his current ride being a 2010 Heritage Softail Classic. He holds his Class 1 Commercial Driver’s License and regularly operates tractor trailers.
John 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. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1994 and Alberta in 2006.
Class Action and Mass Tort
Commercial and Construction Litigation
First Nations Law
Mediation and Arbitration
Taggart v. Taggart 2018 ABQB
Taggart v. Taggart 2019 ABCA
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,  1 S.C.R. 51
3925928 Manitoba Ltd. v. 101029530 Saskatchewan Ltd., 2005 FC 1465
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
Torin is an articling student at MJM LLP. Torin recently graduated from law school from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops having received his Juris Doctorate. Torin was acknowledged for having received the course prize for having the highest mark in Family Law. He also presented at both the 2017 and 2019 Student Law Conference on legal issues of the emerging esports industry. Torin was elected by his fellow law students as the representative for mental health and wellness in law school. He worked to ensure both mental and physical health among his peers. Prior to pursuing his legal education, Torin graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts (With Distinction) majoring in history.
Torin is the founder of the Digital Media and Entertainment Law Club at Thompson Rivers University which focused on legal issues in the media and entertainment industry. During law school, he joined various academic and social clubs including the Legal Innovation Club, the Hiking Club, and the Human Rights Club. Prior to law school, Torin worked as a project coordinator at a construction company, as a youth and family counselor at a residential home and started his own travel company. He brings a professional and personalized approach to his practice.
MJM LLP is a Calgary law firm with a focus on Litigation and Insurance disputes.
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