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Stephen practices securities litigation, administrative law, criminal defence, and commercial litigation. He has appeared before all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prior to joining Stockwoods in 2014, Stephen served as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Thomas Cromwell at the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a law degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He also holds a B.A. (Hons.) from McGill University, where he held a Greville-Smith Scholarship. He has completed the Level I examinations of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.

While at law school, Stephen was a research assistant to Professor Martin Friedland. He was an articles editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, competed in the Gale Moot Cup, and volunteered with the Oxford Legal Assistance Clinic. His international experience includes an internship at a renewable energy company in Essen, Germany.

Stephen is the chair of a federal riding association in Toronto, president of the Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is a member of The Advocates Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

  • While at Oxford, Stephen won the Gibbs Prize for the highest average mark in tort, contract, trusts, and land, as well as the Field Fisher Waterhouse Prize for the highest mark in EU law.
  • Stephen’s writing on administrative monetary penalties has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (Guindon v. Canada, 2015 SCC 41).
  • Author, "Does Chief Justice McLachlin's successor have to be from Quebec?", The Toronto Star, 18 July 2017.
  • Co-Editor, with Pam Hrick, The Supreme Court Law Review, Vol. 80 (2017), “Essays in Celebration of the Hon. Thomas A. Cromwell” (LexisNexis, forthcoming).
  • Co-Author with Nader Hasan, “Password protection a crucial Charter right,” The Toronto Star, 23 August 2016.
  • Co-Author with Gerald Chan, “FBI v. Apple and Beyond: Encryption in the Canadian Law of Digital Search and Seizure,” Journal of Data Protection & Privacy (London: Henry Stewart Publications, forthcoming).
  • Co-Author with Gerald Chan, “We need stronger limits on Apple-style court orders”, The Globe and Mail, 19 March 2016.
  • Co-Author with Brian Gover, “Informed Consent: From Material Risks to Material Information”, Dispatch Magazine, February/March 2016
  • Co-Author with Luisa Ritacca, “The Public Policy of Insurance against Administrative Monetary Penalties” (2015) 12 Regulatory Boards and Administrative Litigation 734.
  • Co-Author with Samuel Robinson, “Requisitioned Meetings of Shareholders: An Uneasy Balance of Powers”, (2015) 44 The Advocates Quarterly 509.
  • Co-Author with Luisa Ritacca, “In Defence of Administrative Law: Procedural Fairness for Administrative Monetary Penalties,” (2015) 28 Can J Admin Law & Practice 35.
  • Author, “The Idea of Privacy Law: Jones v Tsige and the Limits of the Common Law” (2013) 71 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 61.
Speaking Engagements
  • “Corruption Without Borders: Information Sharing in International White Collar Investigations” presented to the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, July 10, 2017, San Francisco.
  • “Administrative Law: Year in Review”, 16th Annual Advanced Administrative Law & Practice Conference, Ottawa, ON, October 25, 2016.
  • “D&O Liability Insurance Coverage for Administrative Monetary Penalties”, Advocates Society Sixth Annual Securities Symposium, Toronto, ON, September 12, 2016.
  • “Data Encryption and Digital Privacy in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom”, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 29th International Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 27, 2016.
  • French, German
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