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Sharon Matthews, Q.C.
Contact Information
Telephone: 604-331-9522
Email: smatthews@cfmlawyers.ca
Catherine Polder
Telephone: 604-331-9532
Email: cpolder@cfmlawyers.ca
Called to the Bar: 1993 (BC)

Sharon combines a practice focusing on aviation cases, product liability and class actions with service to the legal community.

Sharon has practiced with J.J. Camp, Q.C. and Joe Fiorante, Q.C. since her call to the bar in 1993. Together the three formed CFM in 2001. During the course of her practice, Sharon has acted for plaintiffs in notable aviation cases and class actions representing clients at trials and on appeals in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sharon was President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association for 2011 – 2012. In that role, Sharon worked with dedicated BC CBA volunteers and staff to improve access to justice.

Sharon volunteers as a roster lawyer for Access Pro Bono and is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. She is a frequent speaker at professional development events for the CBA, BC Branch, Continuing Legal Education BC, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Osgoode Professional Development.

In December 2012, Sharon was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in recognition for her exceptional legal skills and contributions to the profession.

Sharon was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of BC for a 2 year term commencing in January 2014.

Sharon’s volunteer efforts and service to the professional community have earned her:

  • The BC Canadian Bar Association’s President’s Medal three times: 2002-03; 2009-10; and 2011-2012
  • The 2006 UBC Law Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna Award

Sharon’s non-legal interests include her husband Rob, her beagle, skiing, staying on her bicycle, cooking and wine.


Representative Experience

  • Endean v. The Canadian Red Cross Society et al. Supreme Court of BC No. C965349 Vancouver Registry – often referred to as the Hepatitis C class action case
  • Barbour v. UBC 2009 BCSC 425; 2010 BCCA 63
  • Class action pertaining to the legality of parking fines at UBC
  • Chadwick v. Canada (Attorney General), et al., 2008 BCSC 1141 (CanLII) and Honour v. Attorney General et al. Supreme Court of BC No. S065902 Vancouver Registry
  • The firm successfully argued that a manufacturer of aircraft fuel pumps was required to produce documents pertaining to the history of fuel leakage in pumps sharing a common design as the fuel pump in issue in the case.
  • Chadwick v. Canada (Attorney General), et al., 2010 BCSC 1744 (CanLII) (Duty of Care of Regulator)
  • Hislop v. Canada 2007 SCC 10: class action pertaining to same sex spousal rights under the Canada Pension Plan
  • Honour v. Attorney General et al. - Supreme Court of BC No. S065902 Vancouver Registry
  • Public Guardian and Trustee v. Workers Compensation Board 2010 BCSC 1486
  • Vilardell v. Dunham 2012 BCSC 748; Vilardell v. Dunham 2013 BCCA 65 and Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Canadian Bar Association –British Columbia Branch v. Attorney General British Columbia 2014 SCC 59: Sharon acted pro bono as counsel on case in which BC Supreme Court hearing fees were declared unconstitutional