Experience

Steven graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2011 from the University of Alberta, where he served for a year as a Co-Editor in Chief of the Alberta Law Review. He joined Parlee McLaws as an Associate upon the completion of his articles with the firm in 2012. His primary areas of practice include financial services litigation, with an emphasis in commercial and consumer restructuring and insolvency, debt recovery (both secured and unsecured), pre-judgment remedies, and the enforcement of civil judgments. Steven also carries on a significant mortgage foreclosure practice. He acts primarily on behalf of institutional and private lenders in such matters, although he has also acted on behalf of debtors. Steven appears frequently in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and has assisted in matters brought on behalf of clients before the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Steven’s involvement with the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group has allowed him the opportunity to assist in a number of significant group engagements, such as:

• Acting for the Receiver and Manager of a First Nations’ casino entity operated on reserve lands, which made it necessary for the team to address and take heed of complex regulatory issues stemming from the nature of the debtor’s business, as well as unique priority and security vetting issues arising from the nature of the security at issue;

• Acting for the Receiver and Manager of a nationally operating non-bank consumer financial services corporation. The debtor provided a range of credit, insurance, and product protection services through customer programs it had established with a diverse group of merchant retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and franchisors. At the date of the granting of the Receivership Order, it had active contracts with approximately 1000 merchants across Canada, making the receivership proceedings truly national in scope. Due to the manner in which the debtor’s business was funded, the matter required a consideration of complex priority issues;

• Acting for one of the lead inventory financiers of a major Alberta recreational vehicle dealership in proceedings necessitating the appointment of an interim receiver as a result of concerns arising from the activities of the debtor;

• Advising secured creditors in proposal proceedings commenced under the BIA;

• Successfully acting for a factor in a Court resolved priority dispute with a provincial regulatory actor, who claimed priority to certain funds by way of the deemed trust provisions of provincial legislation; and

• Numerous engagements on behalf of institutional lending clients which were resolved informally via the use of mechanisms such as forbearance arrangements, ‘look sees’, and debtor-driven voluntary liquidations.

Professional Activities

 

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Edmonton Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals

 

Awards

  • Jason Lang Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement, 2004-2008
  • Sally Hansen Memorial Bursary in Law

Community

  • Volunteer, Alberta Pro Bono Lawyers Association – Edmonton Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project