Sharon Stefanyk
Sharon Stefanyk
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Sharon Stefanyk handles complex civil disputes, in the courts of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, focusing on insurance claims involving construction litigation, fire losses, product liability, large subrogated property claims and personal injury cases.

Her clients - often insurance companies centred throughout Canada - seek Sharon's help with architects and engineers liability claims, pipeline defects, pipeline hydro testing and dewatering claims, construction defects, professional liability, coverage opinions and serious bodily injury and wrongful death cases. In addition, Sharon often handles errors and omissions disputes and municipal and government liability cases.

Both plaintiffs and defendants have turned to Sharon seeking her experience and advice. In addition to appearing before all levels of Court in Alberta, Sharon regularly represents clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including private mediation, judicial dispute resolution and arbitration.

Value to Clients

Sharon has an efficient, proactive approach to litigation and dispute resolution and - as a client team leader - matches cases with the right resources. "My focus is on customer service and being responsive to my clients' needs and timelines. Clients like that I am always available to discuss their cases and provide advice as a trusted advisor based upon my years of experience in the insurance industry."

Outside the Office

In addition to being an avid golfer, Sharon is a long-time curling competitor.

Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North)
Executive Committee Member at Large
2015 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
1988-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (North)
Member
1988-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Member
1988-Present
Edmonton Bar Association
Member
1988-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1988-Present
Edmonton Insurance Association
Member
1990-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories
Member
1993-Present
International Order of the Blue Goose
Member
1995-Present
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Member
2008-Present
Law Society of Nunavut
Member
2009-Present
Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters
Member
2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Chair
1996-1997
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Speakers Chairperson
1992-1995
"Litigation Star"
Benchmark Canada
2018 - 2019
Listed Insurance Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2014 - 2020
Listed Personal Injury Litigation
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2015 - 2020
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2013, 2016 - 2019
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North)
Executive Committee Member at Large
2015 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation
Board of Directors
2014 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation - Halloween Howl Fun Run and Walk
Executive Committee Member
2014 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation
Jeans and Jersey Committee Member
2015 - Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation
Governance Committee Member
2015 - Present
Sturgeon Composite Grad Committee
Entertainment Chair
2013 - 2013
Canadian Association of Insurance Women
Education Chair for the 2012 Annual Convention
Edmonton Insurance Association
Education Committee
2009 - 2013
Saville Country Classic Junior Curling Bonspiel
Prize Committee
2008 - 2009
Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Volunteer
1985 - 1990
Tamaya Wynd Estates Inc. et al v. Condominium Corporation No 0727774, 2018 ABQB 466
Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company v Aspen Insurance UK Limited, 2018 ABQB 207
Toews v. First Choice Canada Inc. (Signature Vacations), 2016 ABQB 130, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Marjanski v. University Landscaping, 2015 ABQB, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Arcelormittal Tubular Products Roman S.A. (Mittal Steel Roman S.A.), 2012 ABQB 679, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Howalta Electrical Services Inc. v. CDI Career Development Institutes Ltd., 2011 ABCA 234, Alberta Court of Appeal
Modesto v. K.R.T. Electrical Ltd et al
Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company, 2010 ABQB 746, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada v. 671095 Alberta Ltd., 2010 ABQB 814, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
InnerSense International Inc. v. University of Alberta, [2007] A.J. No. 270, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sra v. Zhu, [2007] A.J. No. 706, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Abramski v. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc., [2006] A.J. No. 191, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2006] A.J. No. 925, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Weyerhauser Co. v. Jenner (c.o.b. Magic Welding), [2006] A.J. No. 169, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Kallal v. Optimum West, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2005] A.J. No. 1717, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2005] A.J. No. 1718, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc., [2004] A.J. No. 1160, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Adam v. Beaver, [2002] A.J. No. 1437, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Dacro Industries Ltd. V. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, [2002] A.J. No. 95, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Medicine Hat (City) v. Continental Casualty Co., [2002] A.J. No. 350, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Toronto Dominion Bank v. Real Estate Council of Alberta, [2002] A.J. No. 75, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2002] S.C.C.A. No. 102, Supreme Court of Canada
Evans v. Rustad, [2001] A.J. No. 1744, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Wood Buffalo (Regional Municipality) v. Scottish & York Insurance Co., [2001] A.J. No. 1650, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2000] A.J. No. 495, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2000] A.J. No. 1122, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd., [2000] A.J. No. 1152, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Robertson v. BHP diamonds Inc., [1999] N.W.T.J. No. 52, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Spenrath v. McKenzie, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 86, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Izzard Estate v. Robinson's Trucking, [1994] A.W.T.J. No. 35, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Modern Livestock v. Kansa General Insurance Company, 157 A.R. 167, Alberta Court of Appeal
Reid v. Stein, [1994] A.J. No. 875, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Rohr (Guardian of) v. Hosack, [1991] A.J. No. 1020, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
September 2019
Lessons Learned from the Legalization of Cannabis
Conferences
RIMS 2019
May 2019
Update on Cannabis
Conferences
AAIA Convention
March 2019
New Alberta Case Law
Seminars
Alberta Insurance Institute
September 2018
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
28 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
Field Law is proud to announce that 28 of our lawyers have been included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. These lawyers have been recognized in 17 service areas, resulting in a total of 36 rankings.Among the 28 Field Law l...
June 5, 2018
A Primer – Occupational Therapy
Seminars
Insurance Seminar
Join Field Law's Sharon Stefanyk and Occupational Therapist Gillian Bagg for an opportunity to learn from an occupational therapist experienced in providing expert opinion regarding a person’s physical capacities and their ability to particip...
April 2018
Cannabis: Insurance Implications
Seminars
CICMA/CIAA Education Conference
August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
25 Lawyers from Field Law Recognized in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 Field Law is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers have been included in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. Three of these lawyers are new additions a...
July 2016
If Your Expert Doesn’t Know the Product he is Testifying on, You’re Gonna Have a Bad Time
Insurance Alert
Most will remember the case McDougall v. Black & Decker Canada Inc. as being the leading Alberta case on the issue of spoliation. A fire occurred which burned down the Plaintiffs' house. The Fire Department who initially inv...
October 2015
Police and Adjuster Statements – Admissible or Not?
Insurance Alert
The Alberta Court of Appeal in the recent case of R. v. Porter, 2015 ABCA 279, has concluded that neither a statement made to the police pursuant to the Traffic Safety Act section 71, nor a statement provided to an insurance adjuste...
March 2015
Minor Settlements - Beware of the Pitfalls
Insurance Alert
Claims involving minors require special consideration. In order to settle a claim without fear of the minor setting aside the settlement once he or she turns 18, a Court Order approving the settlement is required.  Several steps ar...
July 2014
Provincial Court Expected to Increase Financial Limits
The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General has recommended a change in the Provincial Court financial maximum from the current limit of $25,000 to $50,000 effective on August 1, 2014. The Provincial Court Civil Division Regulation (AR 329/89) h...
June 2013
No One Needs to Know: The Pierringer Agreement Settlement Amount Need Not Be Disclosed
In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision of Sable Offshore Energy Inc. v. Ameron International, 2013 SCC 37, Sable Offshore Energy sued multiple suppliers and contractors who supplied paint and completed surface preparations that w...
  • An oil-sands pipeline distribution company was facing a substantial loss in a multi-party construction claim in Alberta. Sharon Stefanyk questioned technical experts and managed a substantial number of documents in the course of representing the company, which was able to favourably mediate the dispute.
  • A rebar company - ran into a dispute in the construction of a wastewater treatment plant. A mediation was agreed to before the questioning, resolving the matter in about a year instead of taking substantially longer.
  • An insurance client came to Sharon with a Conflict of Laws case involving a motor vehicle accident in Nova Scotia that the plaintiff moved to Alberta, where it brought a lawsuit. Sharon brought an application to Strike for Want of Jurisdiction, defeating the claim in a couple months.
Education
University of Alberta, 1987, Bachelor of Laws
Admissions
Alberta,1988
Northwest Territories,1993
Nunavut,2009