Sharon Stefanyk

Sharon Stefanyk: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

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.

Sharon has an efficient, proactive approach to litigation and dispute resolution and - as practice group 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.

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.

Outside of Work

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

Presentations

Lecturer / Teaching Positions

The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by Sharon:

Lecturer Women in Law
Lecturer Women's Day
Lecturer Canadian Defence Lawyers (Orthopedic Experts)
Lecturer Insurance Women of Edmonton
Lecturer Edmonton Public School Board - Continuing Education
Lecturer Alberta Association of Legal Assistants
Lecturer Canadian Association of Financial Planners

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Sharon:

Accident Investigations Field Law Clients June 2016
CGL Policies - Basic Information and Current Trends Alberta Insurance Council October 2015
Mediation: Putting the Resolution of Claims Back in the Hands of the Parties Field Law Clients June 2015
Navigating the Provincial Court (Civil) CACMA/CIAA Education Day April 2015
Legislative Changes in 2013 Field Law Clients January 2014
Managing Difficult Diagnoses - Chronic Pain Field Law Clients January 2014
Update on Recent Legislation Field Law Clients November 2013
Joint and Several Liability Field Law Clients May 2013
From Open to Business to Screaming Halt - How to Quantify Downtime Claims Field Law Clients and Guests May 2013
Up in Flames...How to Prevent Spoliation in a Fire Loss Field Law Clients and Guests October 2012
Alberta Insurance Amendment Act Field Law Clients and Guests May 2012
How to Deal With Difficult Counsel Field Law Clients and Guests April 2012
Alberta Rules of Court Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters Annual Convention May 2011
2010 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February 2011
Fire Investigation Course September 2010
Spoliation, Privacy, Privilege Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters May 2010
Spoliation Field Law Clients and Guests May 2010
Spoliation Field Law Clients and Guests May 2010
Insurance Amendment Acts B.C. and Alberta Field Law Clients and Guests September 2009
Alberta and B.C. Insurance Amendment Acts Field Law Clients and Guests April 2009
Alberta Insurance Amendment Act, 2008 Edmonton Insurance Association March 2009
Balancing Work, Home and Community Women in Law March 2009
2008 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February 2009
2008 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests January 2009
Life After the Cap (Minor Injury Regulation) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2008
Life of a Fire File Field Law Clients and Guests April 2008

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North) Executive Committee Member at Large 2015-Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation Governance Committee Member 2015-Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation Jeans and Jersey Committee Member 2015-Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation Board of Directors 2014-Present
Alberta Diabetes Foundation - Halloween Howl Fun Run and Walk Executive Committee Member 2014-Present
Sturgeon Composite Grad Committee Entertainment Chair 2013
Canadian Association of Insurance Women Education Chair for the 2012 Annual Convention 2012
Alberta Diabetes Foundation - Halloween Howl Fun Run and Walk Chair 2010-2014
Edmonton Insurance Association Education Committee 2009-2013
Edmonton Insurance Association Education Chair 2008-2012
Saville Country Classic Junior Curling Bonspiel Prize Committee 2008-2009
Alberta Diabetes Foundation - Fun Run/Walk Executive Committee Member 2004-2009

Experience

An oil-sands pipeline distribution company was facing a substantial loss in a multi-party construction claim in Alberta. Sharon questioned technical experts and managed a substantial number of documents in the course of representing the company, which was able to favorably mediate the dispute.
•In another multi-party, oil and gas pipeline construction dispute, Sharon is representing a hydrotesting and dewatering provider in Alberta. As she described her proactive strategy, We have suggested to all parties a mediation before questioning, in pursuit of an efficient, favorable result.
•Sharon's client - 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.

Accolades

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2014 - 2017 - Best Lawyers International

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Insurance
  • Construction
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7684  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1987
Year of First admission:
1988
Admission:
1988, Alberta; 1993, Northwest Territories; 2009, Nunavut
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters Member 2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North) Executive Committee Member at Large 2015-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North) Chair 1996-1997
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North) Speakers Chairperson 1992-1995
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
Canadian Defence Lawyers Member 2008-Present
Edmonton Bar Association Member 1988-Present
Edmonton Insurance Association Member 1990-Present
International Order of the Blue Goose Member 1995-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 1988-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories Member 1993-Present
Law Society of Nunavut Member 2009-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Toews v. First Choice Canada Inc. (Signature Vacations) 2016 ABQB 130 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2016; Marjanski v. University Landscaping 2015 ABQB Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2015; 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 2012; Howalta Electrical Services Inc. v. CDI Career Development Institutes Ltd. 2011 ABCA 234 Alberta Court of Appeal 2011; Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada v. 671095 Alberta Ltd. 2010 ABQB 814 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company 2010 ABQB 746 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Modesto v. K.R.T. Electrical Ltd et al; 2010; Sra v. Zhu [2007] A.J. No. 706 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2007; InnerSense International Inc. v. University of Alberta [2007] A.J. No. 270 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2007; Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc. [2006] A.J. No. 925 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Abramski v. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. [2006] A.J. No. 191 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Weyerhauser Co. v. Jenner (c.o.b. Magic Welding) [2006] A.J. No. 169 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc. [2005] A.J. No. 1718 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc. [2005] A.J. No. 1717 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Kallal v. Optimum West; Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005; Lastiwka v. TD Waterhouse Investor Services (Canada) Inc. [2004] A.J. No. 1160 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd. [2002] S.C.C.A. No. 102 Supreme Court of Canada 2002; Dacro Industries Ltd. V. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada [2002] A.J. No. 95 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Toronto Dominion Bank v. Real Estate Council of Alberta [2002] A.J. No. 75 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Medicine Hat (City) v. Continental Casualty Co. [2002] A.J. No. 350 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Adam v. Beaver [2002] A.J. No. 1437 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2002; Evans v. Rustad [2001] A.J. No. 1744 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Wood Buffalo (Regional Municipality) v. Scottish & York Insurance Co. [2001] A.J. No. 1650 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2001; Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd. [2000] A.J. No. 495 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd. [2000] A.J. No. 1152 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Williamson v. Best Plumbing & Heating Supplies Ltd. [2000] A.J. No. 1122 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Robertson v. BHP diamonds Inc. [1999] N.W.T.J. No. 52 Northwest Territories Supreme Court 1999; Spenrath v. McKenzie [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 86 Northwest Territories Supreme Court 1998; Modern Livestock v. Kansa General Insurance Company 157 A.R. 167 Alberta Court of Appeal 1994; Izzard Estate v. Robinson's Trucking [1994] A.W.T.J. No. 35 Northwest Territories Supreme Court 1994; Reid v. Stein [1994] A.J. No. 875 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Rohr (Guardian of) v. Hosack [1991] A.J. No. 1020 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991
ISLN:
903455785

Peer Reviews

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