SMR News & Articles

Robin McFee, K.C. named one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada by Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation Canada has once again named SMR founding partner Robin McFee, K.C. as a Litigation Star and one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada for 2024.  These 50 elite practitioners are selected after extensive research…

Jessica Lithwick is presenting on January 25, 2024 at the CBABC Appellate Advocacy 2023 Year in Review section meeting

Jessica will be joined by Tom Posyniak from Fasken Martineau Dumoulin in a discussion on the top cases from last year in the areas of civil litigation and public/administrative law.  This lunch and learn session will take place…

SMR obtains damages award of more than $1.2 million for firefighter

SMR lawyers David Eleff and Elizabeth Janzen were counsel for Mr. Michael Smith, a firefighter and father of two who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident. He sustained a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic headaches, PTSD, and neck…

Elizabeth Allan is presenting on November 17, 2023 at the CBA Administrative Law and Labour & Employment Conference

Beth will join Jason Kully of Field Law and Annabritt Chisholm of Shores Jardine in a panel discussion on pre-hearing preparation for professional regulatory hearings, including preparing your panel as independent legal counsel.  This session is part of…

SMR obtains judgment for national union following three day summary trial

Mike Shirreff and David Eleff were recently successful on a summary trial application for a national union client: Speckling v. CEP, 2023 BCSC 1446. The claim against the unions arose from events in the late 1990s at a…

SMR Welcomes Abrisham (Abby) Eshghi as an Associate

SMR is pleased to have Abby Eshghi join us as an Associate.  Abby clerked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, before working as an Assistant Attorney General with the…

SMR Welcomes Gerry Cuttler, K.C. and Michael Steinbach to the Partnership

On September 1, 2023, SMR welcomed Gerry Cuttler, K.C. and Michael Steinbach to the partnership. Gerry joins SMR after practicing at various firms since being called to the bar in 1983.  He founded Cuttler & Company in 2011…

SMR and its lawyers are recognised in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

SMR as a firm, as well as five of our lawyers, have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.  Best Lawyers is regarded by clients and legal professionals as a significant honour which is…

Robin McFee, K.C. named one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada by Benchmark Litigation

SMR is pleased to announce that Robin McFee, K.C. has been named by Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada. These 50 elite practitioners are selected after extensive research based on their excellence…

SMR obtains large punitive damages award for wrongfully dismissed senior manager after summary trial

SMR lawyers Jessica Lithwick and Maya O. Ollek were counsel for Mr. Paul Chu in his successful claim for wrongful dismissal against the Defendant, China Southern Airlines (“China Southern”). Mr. Chu was a founding employee of China Southern’s…

Maya Ollek is presenting on January 11, 2023 at the CBABC Appellate Advocacy 2022 Year in Review section meeting

Maya will be joined by Kathryn McGoldrick from Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang and Mark Iyengar from Peck & Co in a discussion on the top cases from last year in the areas of civil litigation, criminal law…

SMR Welcomes David Eleff to the Partnership

SMR is pleased to announce that it has welcomed David Eleff to the Partnership effective January 1, 2023.  David was called to the bar in 2009 and joined the firm in October 2021.  He provides practical and straightforward…