Sandra R. Stephenson, LSM Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1983 - Ontario


Primary office:  Hamilton



Sandra R. Stephenson, LSM

Sandra Stephenson is a partner at Gowling WLG, practising in the areas of estate planning and administration, and corporate law. She likes working in these two distinct areas of the law because she can offer comprehensive support and advice to business clients. She is adept at developing the best plans for clients which meet all their wealth planning and business succession needs.

She has also developed a niche practice acting as both an attorney for property and as an executor and trustee, with a special skill in estate accounting. Sandra is always responsive to her clients' needs and works hard to help them to achieve the best results possible for their business and their personal relationships.

In 2014, Sandra was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in recognition of her outstanding service and contributions to the legal profession.

Sandra also frequently speaks on estate planning and administration matters, estate accounting and business law issues and is actively involved with several professional and community organizations.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Best Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018
  • 2015

    • Community
       2015
      McMaster University Board of Governors: Governor (2015 – 2018)
  • 2014

    • Community
       2014
      McMaster University Alumni Association: President (2014 – 2016); Member (2012 – 2018)
    • Rankings & Awards
       2014
      Recipient of the Law Society Medal, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s top honour
  • 2013

    • Community
       2013
      Hamilton Family Health Team: Board Member (2013 – 2016)
    • Career
       2013
      Partner, ESB Lawyers LLP (2013 - 2018)
  • 2012

    • Community
       2012
      YMCA: Board Member (2012 – 2015)
    • Rankings & Awards
       2012
      Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates – Hamilton
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
       2011
      Hamilton Gallery of Distinction Inductee
    • Rankings & Awards
       2011
      McMaster University Alumni Gallery of Distinction
  • 2010

    • Community
       2010
      Hamilton Club: Board Chair (2010 – 2011)
  • 2009

    • Rankings & Awards
       2009
      Recipient of the Emilius Irving Award, the Hamilton Law Association’s highest honour
  • 2008

    • Community
       2008
      Hamilton Community Foundation:Board Chair (2008 – 2010); Board Member (2004 – 2011)
  • 2004

    • Community
       2004
      St. Peter’s Health System: Board Chair (2004 – 2006); Board Member & Executive (1999 – 2008)
  • 2003

    • Community
       2003
      Hamilton Law Association: President (2003 – 2004); Board Member (1996 – 2005)
    • Community
       2003
      The Rotary Club of Hamilton: President (2003 – 2004); Executive & Board Member, and Member (since 1993)
  • 1998

    • Community
       1998
      Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation: 2nd Vice-Chair (1998 – 2001); Board Member, (1996 – 2001), (2008 – 2009)
  • 1988

    • Career
       1988
      Partner, Lazier Hickey LLP (1988 - 2012)
  • 1986

    • Career
       1986
      In-house counsel, Scotiabank (1986 - 1988)
  • 1983

    • Career
       1983
      Associate, Inch Easterbrook and Shaker (1983 - 1986)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1983
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1981

    • Education
       1981
      University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LLB
  • 1978

    • Education
       1978
      McMaster University, BA

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Hamilton Law Association

Insights & Resources

  • Complex shareholders' agreements and personal planning arrangements including estate planning and administration of family and testamentary trusts
  • Incapacity planning for incapable children who become adults
  • Administration of estates with dual wills and assets in multiple jurisdictions
  • Establishing and winding up of private Foundations
  • Social Venture capital arrangements including lending arrangements by community foundations