Paul Seaman

Gowling WLG

550 Burrard St, Suite 2300, Bentall 5, PO Box 30
Vancouver, BC V6C 2B5
Phone: (604) 891-2731
Fax: (604) 443-6780

Paul Seaman is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office. He mainly practises in the areas of constitutional, administrative, and Indigenous law. He also maintains a practice dedicated to other public law matters, including regulatory and trade matters. Paul’s Indigenous law practice is focused on advising Indigenous communities, industry groups and government on projects and transactions where the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous Peoples is engaged, and on negotiations between Indigenous communities, industry and government in those circumstances. He represents clients at all levels of court across Canada, and was cited in Lexpert®'s Top Ten Cases of 2016 for his representation of an Alberta Metis Settlement in Daniels v. Canada. In 2017, he represented Canada’s National Brewers at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Comeau, now a leading case concerning the scope of interprovincial free trade between the provinces under s. 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867. Paul has acted on many recent large-scale resource development projects across Canada, and was counsel to the successful lead applicant in Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada, a 2018 decision of the Federal Court of Appeal which invalidated the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project.

Year Called to the Bar:2011 (ON); 2014 (AB); 2015 (BC); 2017 (YT)
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