Stephen began his legal career over 12 years at a downtown Toronto law firm, working first as a law clerk, then as office administrator. As a member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, he completed courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in both real estate and estate law. Moving to a Brampton firm as administrator in 1989, he began to use the Small Claims Court to recover the firm’s outstanding receivables.
Stephen opened a paralegal practice in Orangeville in 1991, where his principal focus was assisting law firms with receivables recovery. In 2008 he was grandfathered into the paralegal licensing program, and has continued to provide legal services as a licensed paralegal since that time, principally in civil litigation in the Small Claims Court, together with residential landlord and tenant matters. His Small Claims practice has dealt with increasingly complex issues as the monetary jurisdiction of the Court increased. He has represented both individuals and corporations in a wide spectrum of cases, including wrongful dismissal, contract matters, construction disputes, bailment issues, and recovery of personal property.
Stephen has taught public speaking for the past 25 years. He is fluent in French, speaks passable Spanish, and is an advocate for correct spoken and written English, much to the annoyance of his friends and associates.