Steve’s practice focuses on professional liability, insurance and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in advising both insurers and insureds about coverage issues and has had a number of reported cases in that field. He has also acted as a mediator and as an arbitrator in various types of civil disputes, principally in the areas of insurance and commercial law. As well, he has acted as counsel in disciplinary proceedings. Read More

Stephen Cavanagh

Steve’s practice focuses on professional liability, insurance and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in advising both insurers and insureds about coverage issues and has had a number of reported cases in that field. He has also acted as a mediator and as an arbitrator in various types of civil disputes, principally in the areas of insurance and commercial law. As well, he has acted as counsel in disciplinary proceedings.

Steve is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, He is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has been selected for inclusion among The Best Lawyers in Canada in Insurance Law and Malpractice Law has been “Repeatedly Recommended” as a Leading Practitioner in the field of “Litigation-Commercial Insurance” by LEXPERT.

In 2014, 2017 and 2019, Best Lawyers in Canada named Steve the Lawyer of the Year in the area of Insurance Law in Ottawa.

Since 2007, Steve has been a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee, which is responsible for the Rules of Civil Procedure. In 2013 and again in 2018, he was a member of a subcommittee which made recommendations to the Civil Rules Committee regarding the discount rate for future pecuniary damages (Rule 53.09). Those recommendations have since been enacted. He also served as a member of another subcommittee that considered the issue of whether medical examinations in a litigation context should be recorded.

For five years, Steve was the Ottawa Senior Instructor in Civil Litigation for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course. He also taught Insurance Law and Trial Advocacy at uOttawa’s law school for several years.

Education
LL. B. 1978 – Western University
B.A. (Hons.) 1975 – Carleton University

Bar Admission
1980 – Ontario

Affiliations
Advocates’ Society
American College of Trial Lawyers
Canadian Defence Lawyers
County of Carleton Law Association

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