“Howard Shapray, who used to stage manage
Robert Friedland’s legal battles, is Vancouver’s
toughest and ablest courtroom lawyer.
“Finally, I desire to repeat now the substance of what I
said at the conclusion of argument on 7th April 1988.…
It is a remarkable achievement on the part of the
solicitors and counsel for the plaintiffs and their
professional advisors… that they obtained, collated and
marshalled hundreds of thousands of pieces of evidence,
brought this case to trial and the trial to an end in less
than three years from that first intimation. To my mind,
this is a forensic achievement rivalling that of Cicero in
the prosecution of Verres.”
The Hon. Madam Justice Mary Southin in United Services Funds v. Carter & Ward et. al. (1988)
“Litigation boutique Shapray Cramer saw its genesis in Vancouver in 1993.
While the business entity is a relative newcomer to the market, its litigators
come from previous posts and esteemed international law firms and have
developed a level of gravitas in the community to make the transition to their
own shop relatively seamless. While the firm’s focus is exclusively litigation,
within that realm the firm casts its wide net, attending to all matters of
commercial, environmental, intellectual property and even family law issues.
Howard Shapray is one of British Columbia’s most celebrated litigators and, it’s
worth noting, one of its most feared…. Shapray’s cases often involve large,
complex or high-profile disputes, often worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
“He has that reputation, that ability to attract those ‘cream’ clients who need
that extra ‘punch’ in handling their files.” While Shapray has a well-earned
pedigree of a true “scorched-earth” trial lawyer, it is noted that he is “equally
adept and strategic at alternative dispute resolution.”