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Steve Warnett has a robust commercial disputes practice and is widely recognized as a leading counsel in corporate and securities disputes.
He regularly represents his clients in disputes involving corporations and their shareholders, including oppression proceedings, derivative actions, secondary market liability claims, proxy contests, plans of arrangement and corporate governance matters.
Steve has extensive experience in dealing with various securities regulators in both compliance and enforcement proceedings, including the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC).
His comprehensive securities litigation practice includes the defence of professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty actions, class actions, shareholder actions, and other securities-related civil proceedings.
In addition to providing litigation representation, Steve provides practical and proactive advice to corporations and their Boards and Board committees.
Steve is also recognized for his work in domestic and international commercial arbitration and intellectual property litigation, among other areas. He has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
Before being called to the bar, Steve completed a judicial clerkship with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia from 2000-2001.
Steve provides legal services through a Law Corporation.
Co-Author, " B.C. Court of Appeal Overturns Class Certification in Patents Case, Finding Patent Regime to be Complete Code in Respect of Remedies," Risk Management in Canadian Health Care, February 2016
Author, "No Cause of Action to Support Consumer Class Certification Says B.C. Court of Appeal," June 2015.
Co-Chair and Presenter, "Shareholders' Disputes 2015," CLE BC, April 2015.
Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Civil Litigation Section
Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Young International Arbitration Group
Chair, BLG Vancouver Pro Bono Committee
Member, BLG National Pro Bono Committee
Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids Program
Coach, West Vancouver Field Hockey Club
Awards & Recognitions
Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2021) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial Litigation) and in the in the 2023 edition (and since 2021) (Appellate Practice).
Recognized in the 2023 edition (and since 2022) of Benchmark Litigation — The definitive guide to litigation firms and attorneys in Canada as a "Litigation Star" (Securities; Commercial), and in 2021 as a "Future Star".