Vivian Stevenson, QC, has practiced in the area of civil litigation since her admission to the Bar of Alberta in 1990. Much of her early practice was in insurance and tort litigation, defending claims relating to professional negligence, property damage and personal injury and providing coverage advice. Vivian now represents clients in commercial disputes involving product liability, partnership and shareholder disputes and provides governance advice and guidance to not-for-profit organizations.
Using her experience gained from decades of representing clients before the courts, Vivian also helps parties resolve disputes quickly and efficiently as an independent mediator.
Dedicated to the development and mentorship of young lawyers, Vivian taught Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility courses at the University of Alberta Law School until 2007 and still appears as a guest lecturer. She served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta from 2003 until 2009 and as a Rules of Court Committee member from 2003 to 2016.
Vivian has presented seminars for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and Canadian Defence Lawyers. She has also had content published in the Canadian Journal of Insurance Law and is an editor of Stevenson & Cote's Alberta Civil Procedure Handbook.
Vivian's community involvement has included volunteer mediating with the Provincial Court, volunteering with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, coaching basketball, volunteering at the World Track + Field Championships and raising money for Easter Seals by rappelling down the side of a 29-storey building in Edmonton.
Value to Clients
“I enjoy forming lasting working relationships with my clients. Those close relationships make it easier for me to truly understand what my client is looking to achieve and develop a practical approach to help them get there.”
Outside the Office
Vivian's love for travel and adventure has taken her to Iguacu Falls in Brazil, Machu Picchu, Zanzibar, the Galapagos Islands, and Israel. She has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. When at home in Alberta, Vivian enjoys reading, running and hanging out with her golden retriever Luke.
Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association
Advisory Board Member
2003 - 2010
Law Society of Alberta
2003 - 2009
The Advocates’ Society
2017 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
1990 - Present
Defence Research Institute