Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in diverse areas of law to managing and solving legal problems for clients.
He is the lawyer that other lawyers consult with when faced with their most difficult legal challenges. He brings a keen analytical approach to the resolution of the complex factual and legal problems, in both the private law and public law spheres. Regardless of the nature of the issue, Richard has an appreciation for the fundamental need for practical and workable client-centered outcomes whether that solution is arrived at through litigation or negotiation.
- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1986
- University of Toronto, B.A., Economics and History, 1983
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
*Practising as a professional corporation.
- Richard has a diverse litigation practice. He has extensive experience in complex and large scale commercial and civil litigation, including class actions.
- On September 25, 2019, Richard argued the appeal of R. v. Nugent in the Ontario Court of Appeal. The case is a Crown appeal of a stay issued by the Ontario Court of Justice (upheld on appeal in the Ontario Superior Court) because of a violation of s. 11(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of a prosecution of three employees under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The case is a leading authority of the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Jordan in the next context of Occupational Health and Safety prosecutions in Ontario.
- He was part of the Class counsel team in the Manulife class action trial.
- He is a senior practitioner in the electricity regulation field, and appears regularly before the Ontario Energy Board and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
- He has a significant executive employment law practice, specializing in restrictive covenants and change of control agreements.
- On July 4, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Angus v. Municipality of Port Hope, 2017 ONCA 566, which reviews key principles in determining whether obligations are pursuant to contract or trust. Chris Paliare, Richard Stephenson, and Lindsay Scott successfully represented the Municipality of Port Hope as appellant.
Awards and Honours
Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as 2019 Litigation Star
Publications and Presentations
Richard has spoken on numerous occasions to groups regarding developments in the electricity sector in Ontario. He has frequently served as an instructor in a variety of advocacy skills programs, including the Osgoode Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.
- Richard Stephenson and Emily Lawrence appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the Power Workers’ Union in Ontario (Energy Board) v. Ontario Power Generation Inc.,  3 SCR 147. The case is one of the leading authorities on rate setting by utility regulators.
- “Ethical Issues in Arbitration Advocacy,” Panel Discussion – Arbitration Advocacy Forum, The Advocates Society, February 2012
- CLE 9th Annual National Forum Administrative Law and Practice: Duty to Give Reasons, Osgoode Hall Law School, October 2011
- Current Issues in Tribunal Adjudication: An Update for Advocates and Members, Ontario Bar Association, March 2011
- LSUC Six Minute Administrative Lawyer, February 2011
- Canadian Energy Law Forum, April 2007
- “Police Political Activity: A Legal Perspective”, Canadian Professional Police Association Conference, June 2004
- Osgoode Hall Law School Continuing Legal Education Conference on Crown Liability, June 2009
- University of Toronto Law School Summer Institute for Executive Legal Education, June 2009