Stephen Fitterman is repeatedly consulted by business and individual clients for his thoughtful, strategic analyses grounded by a broad skill set in all forms of dispute resolution. Following ten years with two prominent firms in Toronto, Mr. Fitterman returned to Vancouver where his wide-ranging practice has encompassed the prosecution and defence of complex and often unique civil matters, including all manner of corporate, corporate governance and commercial disputes, employment law disputes, real estate and construction law disputes, environmental and mining law litigation, securities and regulatory disputes, class actions, estate and trust-related disputes, professional liability claims, fraud and conspiracy claims, and defamation claims. Mr. Fitterman has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board, all levels of the Supreme Court of Ontario, and the Federal Court of Canada. He also has significant experience as counsel on complex, multi-party arbitrations and mediations.
Mr. Fitterman frequently plays an ongoing advisory role with clients, providing guidance on matters of corporate governance, conflictavoidance and/or strategic positioning in advance of anticipated disputes. Clients appreciate his approach to situational assessment and problemsolving and his ability to add value to day-to-day management decisions quite apart from guiding them through complex litigation.
Mr. Fitterman, together with his partners, are also recognized by their peers – and the firm’s distinguished roster of local and international clients – for their demanding standards, intense work ethic, and application of innovative and creative approaches to dispute resolution. In its role as counsel in many of the high profile, high stakes cases that have made inroads in Canadian jurisprudence, tough, intense litigation and arbitration has always been the firm’s forte. For example, the last few years have seen Mr. Fitterman and SCFL lawyers:
- successfully defend against a $42 million claim by a international conglomerate of wood-based specialty cellulose products alleging breach of fiduciary duty and confidence, misappropriation of corporate opportunity and conspiracy;
- institute and resolve an action for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation between related public and private companies involved in developing sensor equipment for the semi-conductor business and having a value in the hundreds of millions of dollars;
- secure a multi-million arbitral award for breach of a good faith duty of contractual performance of a long-term, relational service contract in the waste management industry;
- successfully obtain a $93 million award and defend the judgment through an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
For more information on the firm, its legal team and the professional accolades they have earned, see www.scfl-law.com.
Last updated: March 28, 2018