In co-founding Shapray Cramer in 1993, Mr. Cramer sought to create a collegial environment where lawyers could truly focus on their clients’ civil litigation needs.
Mr. Cramer was a founding partner and is now Associate Counsel with the firm. He is known for his concentration and focus when representing his clients. As he describes it, “It is important to peel back the onion skins of a problem, because a large file tends to involve layers of facts and issues. Some are obvious and overt while others are more nuanced. Even the most complicated case can actually be, at its core, reduced to a small number of key facts and legal issues. The sooner they are identified, the better we can plan strategy and steps to effectively litigate or settle the case.”
Mr. Cramer has acted in a wide variety of cases, often involving complex business disputes, but extending into many other areas as well. Examples include:
Mr. Cramer began his career in criminal law but soon found that he preferred civil litigation. For him, the work of a litigation lawyer has four basic components: factual and legal investigative skills; efficiency and accuracy of analysis; written and oral advocacy skills; and decision-making in response to the numerous issues, large and small, that arise in the course of a file. Benchmark Canada has recognized Mr. Cramer as a "Litigation Star", and he holds a Distinguished Martindale-Hubbel rating for legal skills and ethics.
To all his cases, Mr. Cramer brings his unwavering commitment and dedication to his client. He has heard, from time to time, that he has an excellent reputation. As Mr. Cramer says, “I hope that's true, and I try very hard to justify it.”