Stephen joined the firm as an associate in May of 2016. A Durham Region native, Stephen holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed his undergraduate studies at Queen's University, earning his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and graduating magna cum laude.
Stephen has gained legal experience in both private practice and policy development settings in Toronto. He has worked for non-profit corporations in the capital markets industry, interned in the in-house legal department of a publicly-traded oil and gas company, and summered at a Toronto-based law firm practicing in various areas of law.
During law school, Stephen was awarded the Shin Doi and Benda Prize in Legal Drafting and was selected to participate in Osgoode's competitive Intensive Program in Business Law. He was also the Co-President of the Real Estate Law Association, the Treasurer of the Osgoode Law Italian-Canadian Association, a research student for the Law Commission of Ontario, a case worker in Osgoode's legal aid clinic, a member of the Business Law Society, and the captain of Osgoode's intramural soccer team.
Stephen also writes monthly articles on behalf of the firm on various topics related to the firm's practice areas. His articles can be found in the Retail Pages monthly publication (in print and online here: www.retailpages.ca) as well as on our website's blog.
In his spare time, Stephen enjoys maintaining a highly active and healthy lifestyle. He plays competitive level soccer, and consistently works on his fitness. He is also an avid Toronto sports fan, following the Toronto FC and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Stephen has a client-centered focus, and enjoys meeting and advising the firm's local clientele.
Recent Work Highlights Include:
- Assisted in the reorganization and succession planning of a long-time family-owned business;
Acted for a corporate purchaser in a share purchase transaction involving a veterinary clinic;
Advised purchasers on their termination rights in respect to their new home agreement with a failing builder and successfully obtained the return of their deposits;
Assisted client in the private sale of his mixed-use multi-million dollar property;
Acted for corporate client in commercial loan and mortgage refinancing deal involving various forms of security;
Redrafted shareholders' agreement for owners of a hair salon to better establish the shareholders' rights and obligations and to more effectively govern the company's business;
Reviewed a private offer of a commercial property and multiple commercial leases and acted on the purchase of a church property on behalf of a charitable corporation;
Assisted corporate client in structuring the security on its large loan to corporate borrower in manner that most effectively minimized creditor risk;
Advised multiple co-owners of real estate on the most equitable and tax-efficient manner to structure their co-ownership via a co-ownership agreement with a view to succession planning.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Law Society of Upper Canada
Durham Region Law Association