Sean Donovan *

Associate Counsel, Business Litigation

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Delphine Gin
604.661.1053 (Mon-Wed)
Sharon Wade
604.661.1002 (Wed-Fri)

I am a bull dog! I take hold of a file and I don't let go until it is done.

Practice Areas


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia (1976)
  • Bachelor of Law, University of British Columbia (1979)

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia (1980)

* Practicing through a Personal Law Corporation.

  • Sean Donovan is interested in dispute resolution, whether by mediation, arbitration, or litigation. He has appeared in all levels of Court in British Columbia, in Federal Court, and before a variety of administrative tribunals. The bulk of his practice is devoted to business and finance litigation, with emphasis on corporate governance matters, contract disputes, and bankruptcy and insolvency matters. As such, he acts for shareholders and directors of corporations, businesses, lenders and borrowers, and receivers and bankruptcy trustees.

    Sean’s other interests include commercial real estate disputes, successfully representing landlords, vendors and purchasers. He acts for owners, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in construction disputes. Sean also represents separating or divorcing individuals, or their families, in matrimonial property matters.

    Sean’s first encounter with the law took place in the early 1970’s, in Whitehorse, Yukon. One of Sean’s four partners in a construction business took all the money from the business bank account and disappeared down the Alaska Highway. When he sought legal assistance, the lawyer he spoke to advised that practically there was nothing to be done. It would be impossible to find the absconding partner. To this day Sean brings a familiar sense of practicality to all of his work. If something does not make financial sense for a client, he will avoid doing it wherever possible.

    • Numerous cases involving the sale or winding up of corporations locked in shareholder disputes
    • B.C. Counsel in a national bankruptcy and CCAA matter with assets worth over $450,000,000
    • Counsel for the husband in a matrimonial dispute over assets worth over $40,000,000

    • Sections of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
    • Former executive member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
    • Member of the CBABC Rules and By-laws Committee

    • Sean has lectured at the UBC Faculty of Law, the Professional Legal Training Program, and with Continuing Legal Education in finance and construction litigation matters

    • Sean is a staunch supporter of the Lawyer Referral Program operated by the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association