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LAW SCHOOL: University of Alberta
BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (2013)
Steven has built a reputation for offering sound and strategic advice to clients, ensuring they fully understand each step of the litigation process and the broader legal implications of their decisions.
In his labour and employment practice, Steven primarily advises employers with respect to issues that arise in the workplace including labour relations, human rights, dismissals, performance management, policy development and occupational health and safety issues. As an active participant in the political arena, he understands the importance of establishing clear goals, developing a concise narrative, and executing on a strategy to achieve results.
Steven is recognized for his expertise in the area of political law. He advises political participants of all types to adopt strategies and structures that are compliant with elections legislation, electoral financing rules, and all other aspects of the political process. His clients include candidates in elections at various levels of government, first nations and corporations or individuals looking to shape public policy as third party advertisers.
Steven also advises clients within and outside government on issues of ethics, lobbying, conflicts of interest and sensitive political matters. He recognizes and understands the reputational and strategic significance of these issues Steven regularly advises corporate executives and lobbyists on registration requirements and enforcement proceedings. He also acts for public officials and bodies with respect to government accountability and public-sector conflict of interest issues.
In his indigenous law practice, Steven advises first nations with respect to how to structure their operations in an accountable and efficient fashion that takes into account the unique customs and realities faced by each nation. He provides advice and representation with respect to operational policies and procedures, labour and employment issues, economic development structures, band council governance, and elections.
Steven’s administrative law practice includes representing clients before various administrative tribunals and, when necessary, reviewing tribunal decisions before the courts. In particular, Steven has extensive expertise with respect to tax assessment appeals. He has represented institutional and individual property owners before assessment review boards and at the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal.
In the constitutional law arena, Steven has represented clients in a range of matters that relate to the division of powers between governments. This includes representing parties in the Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act references as well as a number of matters arising from his labour and employment practice.
Steven is heavily involved in the Edmonton community and believes strongly in community service. He supports a wide range of causes that help make the city a better place to live, work, and play.
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Steven’s labour and employment practice covers a wide range of issues faced by employers and employees. He counsels a number of large organizations with respect to labour relations, HR policies, privacy issues, terminations, grievances, human rights complaints, employment standards claims and occupational health and safety issues. He also regularly acts for employers and senior level employees with respect to contractual reviews, severance analysis, and wrongful or constructive dismissal claims.
Some examples of Steven's experience in labour and employment include:
Steven is widely-recognized for his expertise in the area of political and elections law. He advises a range of clients from political parties and candidates to third party advertisers and advocacy organizations. Steven helps these clients navigate the complex regulatory environment and to manage sensitive political issues.
Steven leads a team of McLennan Ross lawyers who serve clients seeking to carry out third party advertising campaigns in jurisdictions across Canada. Together they help individuals or companies establish an appropriate structure while providing real time compliance advice on campaigns and political activities.
He regularly advises business leaders and lobbyists on questions surrounding registration, compliance, and enforcement arising from lobbying activities.
Steven also assists public officials with questions of ethics and conflict of interest. He also acts for public officials and bodies with respect to government accountability and public-sector conflict of interest issues.
Some examples of Steven’s experience in political and elections law include:
Steven understands that the challenges facing first nations’ administration and leadership are rarely the same. While there are common themes and best practices, each specific situation must be addressed with the unique customs and traditions in mind. His aboriginal law experience has included a range of elements – from complex and contentious litigation to pro-active policy development and governance advise. His clients include small developing nations and those that are large with well-established processes and structures.
Some examples of Steven’s experience in indigenous law include:
Steven has represented clients before administrative tribunals and in applications for judicial review and on appeal.
Some examples of Steven’s experience in administrative law includes:
Steven has experience dealing with constitutional law issues and has acted for clients in a variety of applications and actions engaging constitutional questions.
Some examples of Steven’s experience in constitutional law include: