Chapelski, Shelley A.

Partner – Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

1800-510 West Georgia Street

Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 0M3

Tel: (604) 641-4809

Fax: (604) 646-2630



Shelley Chapelski’s practice encompasses all aspects of maritime law, including maritime contracts, torts, creditor’s remedies and marine insurance matters. She drafts and advises on charter parties, contracts of carriage, moorage contracts, insurance policies and other agreements that arise in maritime transportation law. She has dealt with dozens of vessel arrests and many maritime limitation of liability proceedings. Ms. Chapelski is frequently called upon by many commercial vessel operators, P&I clubs and marine insurers, harbours and maritime service providers for practical and creative solutions to their maritime law issues.

She is the National Vice-President of the Canadian Maritime Law Association.

Ms. Chapelski has represented clients in the provincial, supreme and appellate courts of British Columbia, Alberta and Federal Court of Canada. She has also achieved numerous successful results for clients through mediation and arbitration.

Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991.

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Maritime Law
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada: Recognized as a leading business lawyer in Shipping & Maritime Law
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized as a  Band 1 lawyer in the area of Shipping Law
  • Chambers Canada: Recognized as a Band 1  lawyer in the area of Transportation
  • Canada Legal Lexpert Directory: Rated Repeatedly in the area of Shipping & Maritime Law
  • LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell: Peer Review Rated
  • Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers: Recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Shipping and Maritime Law
  • Expert Guides – Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law: Recognized as an outstanding practitioner in the field of Business Law