Mark Brayford, Q.C.
Registered with the Law Society of Saskatchewan with a preferred area of practice of Criminal Law. Also a member of the Law Society of Alberta and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1995.
In over 20 years of practicing criminal law, he has held a number of leadership positions within the legal community, including President, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, and President of the Saskatoon Criminal Defence Lawyers Association, as well as serving on the Provincial Court Bar Judicial Council, the Queen's Bench Bar Judicial Council, and the National Executive Council of the Canadian Bar Association. He presently serves as a National Director and Vice-President of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers. He has lectured extensively at the College of Law, at Continuing Legal Education programs, and at the Saskatchewan Bar Admission Course. He has been the distinguished speaker at the University of Western Ontario Law School, at Queen's Law School, at the University of Calgary Law School, as well as acting as a guest panelist for the Alberta Criminal Trial Lawyers Association and the Montreal Criminal Defence Lawyers. He has published over a dozen articles in the Criminal Defence Lawyers Newsletter and has acted as counsel in numerous precedent-setting legal decisions, with over 100 of his cases having been reported in the Law Journals. His practice is restricted to Court work, appearing in the trial and appellate Courts of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Types of Criminal Cases Handled
Mark Brayford is registered with the Law Society of Saskatchewan with a preferred area of practice of criminal law. He has extensive experience in all types of criminal trials, handling everything from murder cases to shoplifting. He travels throughout Western Canada and Ontario doing all types of criminal trials, including: drug charges, driving charges, murder and manslaughter charges, sexual assault charges, assault charges, weapons charges, wildlife charges, trademark charges, fraud charges, discipline charges, threats charges, mischief charges, robbery charges, break and enter charges, arson charges, kidnapping charges, extortion charges, counterfeit charges, and proceeds of crime charges.
Daniel Shapiro, Q.C., C. Arb.
CHARTERED ARBITRATOR, MEDIATOR AND LAWYER
In recent years, practice focuses on providing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services including arbitration, adjudication and mediation.
ADR Background includes:
2003, Appointed as Chartered Arbitrator by ADR Institute of Canada
2003, Appointed as Senior Adjudicator, Indian Residential Schools (Canada) Adjudication Secretariat (Alternative Dispute Resolution model)
2002, Appointed Vice-Chair, Discipline Committee, Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons
2001, Appointed by Supreme Court of Ontario as Saskatchewan Referee/Arbitrator for disputes under Hepatitis C Class Actions Settlement Agreement
1998 & 1999, Appointed by Minister of Justice as one-person Board of Inquiry under Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
Experienced arbitrator (both as sole arbitrator and chair of tripartite boards) in a wide variety of both public and private sector labour relations disputes, with previous counsel experience in arbitrations and labour relations board matters, representing both labour and management
Member of ADR Institutes of Canada and Saskatchewan
Considerable experience in health sector labour relations arbitrations
Experienced collective bargaining negotiator
Experienced mediator with an emphasis in mediating no-fault auto insurance claims and member of Conflict Resolution Saskatchewan (formerly Mediation Saskatchewan)
Appointed arbitrator under major public sector union Long Term Disability Plan
In addition, provides litigation consulting services to other lawyers. Summary of litigation experience/background:
Handled numerous civil litigation, medical negligence, injury, wrongful dismissal, insurance, labour relations and human rights cases
Has appeared as Counsel in all levels of courts throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada
Taught at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, in the area of Trial Advocacy as well as teaching at a number of Continuing Legal Education Programs
Past President, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association
Inaugural Chair, Canadian Bar Association (SK Branch) Health Law Section
Past Chair, Law Society of Saskatchewan/ Canadian Bar Association Joint No Fault Committee
Served many terms as District Governor (SK and MB) of the American Trial Lawyers Association
The Historic Land Titles Building
The Land Titles Office was originally designed by the Regina firm of Storey and Van Egmond. Construction was completed in 1909 by Smith Brothers and Wilson. The Romanesque Revival building was expanded in 1910-1912 by two thirds its size by adding additional east and west wings.
The original use of the building was the Land Titles Office and then in 1959 was transferred to the Law Courts Building and used by a number of Provincial Government departments. In 1985 311-21st Street East received Provincial Heritage Property designation.
In 1994 Mark Brayford and Dan Shapiro purchased and restored the building to its original splendor with the help of architect, Darrel Epp. When completed they relocated their law offices there.
All efforts were made to keep the buildings interior and exterior in its original form. The historic building held unique treasures such as:
removing the false ceilings they revealed majestic, arched windows.
refurbishing and copying the composition of the old building, it has maintained its original characteristics.
The design incorporated a beautiful 120-square-metre mezzanine, with a replica of the original handrail leading to the boardroom.
In 1996 Dan Shapiro and Mark Brayford were rewarded for their efforts in keeping a piece of our heritage alive, by receiving a "Sympathetic Renovation and Restoration" award from the City of Saskatoon and a "Vintage Building Award for Adaptive Re-use - Community Landmark", from the Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Society.