Steve Hutchison, QC


“The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.”
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Diligent and tenacious.

With over 30 years experience as a civil litigation specialist, Steve follows a consistent and successful approach to every case: be totally prepared and deliver results. Known for intense preparation and exceptional courtroom skills, Steve has built his reputation on consistent wins in difficult and complex cases. Aside from his impressive advocacy skills, Steve provides wise counsel to clients, assisting them in avoiding costly litigation where possible.

Representative Matters:

As a leading lawyer with more than 30 years experience as a civil litigator and insolvency specialist, Steve has worked with a diverse group of clients in finding solutions to challenging situations and when required, delivering successful results in court. Some examples of the services Steve has performed for his clients include:

  • Acting as legal counsel to various stakeholders in numerous insolvency proceedings under both the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
  • Acting as legal counsel to Canada’s leading life and disability insurers and a regular contributor and speaker at events organized by the Canada Life and Health Insurance Association.
  • Acting as legal counsel to government and industry on a multi-million dollar lawsuit relating to a bid-rigging and price fixing conspiracy.
  • Acting as lead counsel on the successful defence of product liability claims, including claims against a global leader in fibreglass-based products and claims against a major international supplier of fish feed.
  • Successfully challenging an exparte order obtained by the Commission of Competition against leading members of the Canadian Brewing Industry.
  • Acting as counsel to a major Atlantic Canadian Industry leader in the defence of executive level wrongful dismissal litigation.
  • Acting as lead counsel in the defence of wrongful dealer termination claims against a global leader in the supply and distribution of equipment for the forestry and agriculture industries.

 Areas of practice:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Product Liability 
  • Wrongful Dismissal Litigation
  • Competition Act
  • Landlord and Tenant


New Brunswick, 1984


Law Society of New Brunswick
Saint John Law Society


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1983
University of New Brunswick, B.A., 1980




  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Practice group leader, Commercial Litigation and Insolvency, Stewart McKelvey, 2012 to present
  • Practice group leader, Life & Disability Insurance, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2012
  • Member, Atlantic Salmon Federation
  • Member, Miramichi Salmon Association
  • Director, Maritime Quarter Horse Association





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  • “New Brunswick Court of Appeal Narrows the Test of Intention in Inducement of  Breach of Contract Cases”, Atlantic Business Counsel, December 2010


  • “International Insolvency – Reflections on the Landdrill CCAA Proceedings” – Canadian Bar Association, 2013
  • “Recent Decisions on Aggravated and Punitive Damages” – Stewart McKelvey Regional Seminars, 2013
  • “Recent Decisions on Aggravated and Punitive Damages” – CLHIA Webinar/CLHIA Legal Section Annual Meeting, 2013
  • “Tips in Preparing and Conducting Examination for Discovery” – Stewart McKelvey Regional Seminars, 2013
  • “Recent Decisions on Aggravated and Punitive Damages”  - Insight 7th Edition Disability Claims Management and Litigation Conference, 2013
  • “Essential Legal and Legislative Update” – CLHIA Claims Section Annual Conference,  2013
  • “Litigation Strategy for In-House Counsel” – Stewart McKelvey Professional Development Day, 2013
  • “Duty to Make Full and Frank Disclosure on Initial CCAA Applications”  – Canadian Bar Association, 2012
  •  "CCAA and BIA Proposal Procedures -Overview and Recent Developments" Stewart McKelvey Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, New Brunswick Chapter, 2012 Law Firm Series Seminar, 2012
  • “A Legal Review of Social Media for Surveillance”, CLHIA Claims Section Annual Conference, 2011
  • “Civil Search Warrants to Preserve Evidence – Anton Piller/Norwich Orders”, Stewart McKelvey Business Disputes Breakfast Seminar, 2011
  • “Recent Decisions on Facebook & “Recent Decisions on PIPEDA”, The Canadian Institute Conference, 2010 
  • “Recent Decisions on Facebook” and “Social Networking Sites”, Stewart McKelvey Insurance Law Seminar, 2010

Suite 1000, Brunswick House
44 Chipman Hill
Saint John, NB, Canada
E2L 2A9

P 506.632.2784
F 506.634.3579

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