Steve Eichler
Steve Eichler
Partner,
Executive Committee Member
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A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Steve Eichler practices employment and administrative law with a particular focus on occupational health and safety defence and compliance issues and related criminal matters. Clients and peers throughout Canada have a high regard for Steve's go-to knowledge, especially with regard to the complex legal issues of occupational health and safety.

In addition to his trial work, Steve advises businesses and corporations ­ both for-profit and non-profit  on matters involving governance, registration and admission, ethics and other professional and regulatory law issues. Clients regularly rely on Steve for counsel in the following areas:

  • Employment: Steve provides a broad range of employment law and human resources-related services for companies and non-profits as well as for individual managers and workers, including policy creation and implementation, hiring and termination, drug testing issues and more.

  • Occupational health and safety: Steve assists employers with OHS policies and due diligence preparation when there has been a workplace accident.  His clients include companies, directors and individual managers in oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, forestry and residential and commercial construction. "I regularly help clients who've been charged as well as advise and educate clients about prevention and OHS policies. I also perform audits, review documents and provide training. I pride myself on being able to explain the complexities of OHS law to clients, whether they are in dress shoes or work boots." 

  • Administrative: "I work with tribunals and corporate entities on regulatory and administrative law issues, including professional discipline and human rights issues such as race, religion, age and gender."

Steve is one of the few Alberta lawyers to achieve acquittal at trial on behalf of a client on OHS charges. Clients have sought Steve's help with representation before a wide range of adjudicative bodies in Canada, including the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Board of Reference, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. He articled with the Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench and practiced criminal and family law in Yellowknife before returning to Calgary to join Field Law. 

Value to Clients

"To me, most legal issues are personal for the client. Even a seemingly pure business dispute has a big personal component. That's one of the reasons I like picking up the phone to speak to opposing counsel on a legal matter; it helps everyone focus on the issues."  

“I also see part of my job involving taking some of the pressure off of my clients. I try to educate them about the law, to de-mystify the process for them and how it affects their business. In this way, I help them to focus on concrete, down-to-earth alternatives."

"I think one of my fortés is my ability to assist clients in the midst of a crisis. I can see past the initial tumult and guide them confidently to resolution. After all, lawyers are supposed to help people, aren’t they?”

Outside of Work

Steve is an active member of Calgary’s arts community, having sat on the Board of the Calgary Folk Music Festival for many years. In addition, he was vice-chair of the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and a director of Music Calgary. He was on the Host City Committee for the JUNO Awards, the nation's annual week-long celebration of Canadian music and artists. Steve also builds his own musical instruments and plays in several bands in and around Calgary.

Canadian Bar Association
Member
1996-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1996-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories
Member
1996-Present
Calgary Bar Association
Member
1999-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories, Admissions Committee
Member
2010 - Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories, Admissions Committee
Member
1996-1998
Vitality Award for leadership and tireless efforts in the development and growth of the most significant festival in the city, the Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary Downtown Association
2008
Temple B'nai Tikvah
President
2013 - Present
Midwifery Professions N.W.T. Department of Health and Social Services
Complaints Officer
2005 - Present
Music Calgary
Board of Directors
2009 - Present
One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre
Board of Directors
2010 - 2013
2011 Mayor's Evening for Business and the Arts
Executive Committee
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Member
2008 - 2010
Calgary Artists for Haitian Relief Benefit Concert
Co-Chair
Calgary Folk Music Festival
Chair
2008 - 2009
Calgary Folk Music Festival
Board of Directors
2001 - 2009
2008 Juno Awards, Host City Committee
Member
2008 - 2008
Brokeback Mountain
Guitarist
2005 - 2005
Folk on the Rocks Music Festival, Yellowknife
President
1998 - 1999
The Reuben Kincaids
Bassist
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2015 ABCA 78, Court of Appeal of Alberta
Ashraf v SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2014 ABQB 220, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R. v. Miller, 2013 ABPC 323, Provincial Court of Alberta
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2013 ABQB 688, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R. v. Carter Industries Ltd., 2011 NWTTC 8, Territorial Court of the Northwest Territotires
R. v. Leong, 2011 ABPC 151, Provincial Court of Alberta
R. v. Kidco Construction Ltd., 2009 ABPC 195, Alberta Provincial Court
V.A.H. v. Lynch, 2009 ABCA 221, Alberta Court of Appeal
V.A.H. v. Lynch, 2008 ABQB 448, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Hennessy v. Horse Racing Alberta, 2007 ABQB 178, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Hennessy v. Horse Racing Alberta, 2006 ABQB 903, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R.v. Andrews, [2006] A.J. No. 220, Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division
Rankin v. Alberta Curling Federation Appeals Committee, [2005] A.J. No. 1759, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta Racing Corp. v. Resortport Development Corp., 2004 ABCA 139, Alberta Court of Appeal
R.v. T.D.M., [2004] A.J. No. 9, Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division
Greenwood v. Alberta (Appeals Tribunal), [2003] A.J. No. 471, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Chuck Corothers Building Ltd. v. Royal North Industries Ltd., [1998] NWTR 114 (NWTSC), Supreme Court of the  Northwest Territories
Look v. Vittrekwa, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 41, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
NWT Registered Nurses Association v. MacKenzie Regional Health Services, [1998] 23 CPC (4th) 115 (NWTSC), Supreme Court of the  Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories Registered Nurses Assn. v. MacKenzie Regional Health Services, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 115, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. B.H.K., [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 147, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. Camsell, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 112, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. Diveky, [1998] N.W.T.J No. 31, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Chuck Corothers Building Materials Ltd. (c.o.b. Beaver Lumber) v. Royal North Industries Ltd., [1997] N.W.T.J. No. 92, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Chuck Corothers Building Materials Ltd. (c.o.b. Beaver Lumber) v. Royal North Industries Ltd., [1997] N.W.T.J. No. 162, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Delorme v. Speirs, [1997] N.W.T.J. No.25, Northwest Territories Supreme Courtvv
R.v. Pound, [1997] N.W.T.J. No. 145, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
July 2017
Alberta’s Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven
Labour and Employment Alert
August 2016
Employer-Doctor Relationship: Obtaining and Responding to Medical Information
June 2016
Crime and Punishment: Workplace responses when employees face criminal charges
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
July 2015
When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
November 2014
The Prime Contractor in OHS Law
October 2014
Legal Perspectives on Safety Culture
June 2014
OHS Update (Including New Administrative Penalties and Tickets)
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
Celebrating 45 Years of Excellence
November 2013
What's The Risk of Not Foreseeing Safety?
November 2013
Festivus for the Rest Of Us?: Celebrating the Holidays in a Multicultural Workplace
October 2013
OHS Administrative Penalties Now in Force; Fines for Individual Workers Just Around the Corner!
March 2013
Overview of the Latest in OH&S Legislation and More
January 2013
Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada
January 2013
2012 Year In Review
January 2013
OHS Law 101: Due Diligence & Creating a Culture of Safety
November 2012
OHS Law and Industrial Relations
September 2012
An OHS Legal Primer
May 2012
Understanding Bill C45
May 2012
Dealing with Difficult People: Surviving Bullying Bosses, Coping with Cranky Co-Workers, and Creating a Respectful Workplace
April 2012
Creating the Paper Trail: Investigating and Documenting Worker Disciplinary Processes
March 2012
Safety without Borders? Let's Hope Not.
February 2012
2011 Year in Review
November 2011
Dealing with Bullying Bosses: How Management Can Control Them
October 2011
What Every HR Professional Should Know About Alberta's OHS Legislation
June 2011
The BVH Syndrome: Bullying, Violence and Harassment
June 2011
Investigating Violence and Harassment Complaints
April 2011
HR 101
April 2011
OHS Panel Discussion - Alberta Prime Time (Access TV)
April 2011
Proactive Employment Strategies
April 2011
Road Rage and Fist Fights: Emerging Issues in Occupational Health & Safety
March 2011
Occupational Health & Safety Law
February 2011
2010 Year in Review
February 2011
What Everyone Needs to Know About OHS Law
April 2010
Alberta Government Reconsiders OHS Enforcement after Auditor General’s Critique
February 2010
Workplace Violence:  A Chemical Explosion of Another Kind
January 2010
2009 Year in Review
Fall 2009
The Impact of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus In The Workplace
July 2009
Case Update: Rare Alberta OHS Acquittal
July 2009
Influenza A (H1N1) in the Workplace - OHS Considerations
May 2009
The Impact of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus In The Workplace
April 2009
Reminding Us that Violence Hurts Us All: Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Liability for Workplace Violence
March 2009
The Biggest OHS Law Story of 2008, Bar None
February  2009
2007 Year in Review
February 2009
2008 Year in Review
Winter 2009
Current Issues in Employment Law
January 2009
Saturday Night's Not all Right for Fighting…In the Work Place: A Review of the Canada Labour Code Work Place Violence Regulations
January 2009
Violence Prevention in the Work Place: Canada's New Federal Regulations
January 2009
Copyright & Music Law
November 2008
OHS and Construction
November 2008
Prime Contractor & Liability
August 2008
OHS for Supervisors: What every Supervisor Should Know About OH&S Law
June 2008
OHS for Managers: What every HR Manager Should Know About OH&S Law
March 2008
Bill C-45 First Conviction
March 2008
OHS in 2007 - A Year of Trends or Not?
July 2007
Music Law 101
February 2007
The Year in Review - Part 2
April 2006
New Developments in OHS
April 2006
New Developments in OHS
September 2005
Accidents Are No Longer Just a Shame: Now They're A Crime
May 2005
Accidents Are No Longer Just a Shame: Now They're A Crime
Spring 2005
Amendments to the Criminal Code All Directors and Employers Should Know About
March 2005
An OHS Law Primer
November 2004 and February 2005
Safety Is Never Having to Say Duck
October 2004
Changes to OHS Law: “Provincial, Federal and Criminal and some Human Rights Stuff Too
August 2004
Safety Is Never Having to Say Duck
May 2004
Bill C-45: Criminal Liability for OH&S and Prime Contractor "Liability in Alberta"
May 2004
New OHS Legislation: Legal Responsibility, Due Diligence and Bill C-45
May 2004
The New Occupational Health and Safety Code
April 2004
The New Occupational Health and Safety Code
March 2004
Alberta's New Occuparional Health & Safety Regime
February 2004
Alberta’s New Occupational Health and Safety Regime
February 2004
Alberta's New Occuparional Health & Safety Regime
Winter 2004
Bill C-45 & Criminal Liability
September 2003
Take the Right Steps
August 2003
When a Teacher Needs a Lawyer
May 2003
Saying 'No' in Albertan: An Exploration of the Right and Obligation to Refuse Unsafe Work Conditions
May 2003
Saying 'No' in Albertan: An Exploration of the Right and Obligation to Refuse Unsafe Work Conditions
May 2003
The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act, 2002
May 2003
The Right to Refuse Work and Its Impact on Your Workplace
April 2003
What to Do in the Event of a Work Site Accident
April 2003
Occupational Health and Safety and WCB Legislative Update
Spring 2003
What to Do in the Event of a Work Site Accident
March 2003
Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act
2002 and 2003
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summer 2002
Who Owns an Idea? - Current Workplace Issues
2001
Workplace Violence
1997
Legal Researcher on "Counselor as Witnesses" by Allan E. Barsky
1997
Counsellors as Witnesses
May 1992
Intifada and the Emergence of Palestinian Identity
Education
University of Calgary, 1995, Bachelor of Laws
Carleton University, 1990, Bachelor of Arts With Honours
St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid, Level C Training, CPR & AED
St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid, Level A Training
Admissions
Alberta,1996
Northwest Territories,1996
Languages
French
Hebrew