Aaron Stephenson

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Aaron Stephenson

Aaron Stephenson

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Biography

Aaron Stephenson practises commercial litigation, professional liability, insolvency and restructuring, and aboriginal law.

As a commercial litigator, Mr. Stephenson has experience representing energy industry participants.  As an insolvency and restructuring lawyer, Mr. Stephenson works on a team that advises debtors, creditors and insolvency professionals in CCAA and BIA proceedings.

Mr. Stephenson has acted in a wide range of matters in the aboriginal law field, advising government and industry.  He has defended claims alleging breaches of aboriginal and treaty rights.  He has also resisted efforts by First Nations to overturn regulatory approvals based on alleged breaches of the duty to consult.  Mr. Stephenson spent more than two years practising aboriginal law exclusively while working as in-house legal counsel for a major pipeline operator.

Mr. Stephenson has appeared in all levels of courts in Alberta and has also worked on matters before the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.


Professional experience

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LLB, Western University, 2007
MSc, McMaster University, 2004
BSc, Western University, 2002

Aboriginal

  • Advised in relation to litigation involving a First Nation's statutory appeal of the National Energy Board's approval of a pipeline reversal and capacity expansion
  • Resisted a judicial review application that challenged the satisfaction of approval conditions on a pipeline project
  • Negotiated agreements with numerous aboriginal communities to provide capacity funding, formalize support, resolve disputes, and acquire on-reserve land interests
  • Advised about the duty to consult and how to engage with aboriginal communities in the context of pipelines, electrical transmission and green energy developments
  • Defended a claim against a railway by a First Nation about ownership of mine and mineral interests under reserve (or former reserve) lands

Bankruptcy and insolvency

  • Represented the proposal trustee of a private equity investment brokerage about the validity and priority of creditor claims
  • Represented the monitor of a residential property developer under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act

Energy

  • Defended a claim against an oil and gas company by a purported owner of copyrighted seismic data
  • Advised a professional trustee about the fees it charges to administer payments of oil and gas royalties
  • Prosecuted a loss of production claim by an oil and gas producer against a supplier of defective equipment
  • "Beware of Multiple Hats: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest" (co-author: A. Kirker), Law Matters, Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch), Vol. 37, No. 3, fall 2012.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta