Steven Sofer is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of advocacy. He has been actively involved in class actions for almost 20 years, acting primarily for defendants in product liability and securities matters.
Achieving the best possible result on budget and in a timely manner is Steven’s prime directive. He provides unhedged practical advice, regular prompt and concise reporting, and is always available. Where a fair settlement is achievable and is the optimal result, it is expeditiously obtained. Where settlement is not optimal or possible, litigation is vigorously pursued in a dignified manner that garners respect from the decision makers and other affected parties.
Steven works in teams, both with lawyers inside and outside of Gowlings, ensuring that the most appropriate person is always the one doing the required task. He has been a key part of and co-ordinated teams acting for a tobacco manufacturer in product liability litigation across Canada. Steven has also acted or co-ordinated for that manufacturer in various constitutional matters that reached the Supreme Court of Canada.
Steven's practice also concentrates on securities matters, including defending class actions and co-ordinating internal investigations or responses to regulatory inquiries. He has acted for regulators and has represented a number of registrants before regulators.