Steven J. Atkinson is a Partner with the Harrison Pensa Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and the firm's co-managing partner. Steve has a diverse litigation practice with over 25 years experience. He works for individuals, insurance companies and other corporations of all sizes. Whatever the case or whoever the client, Steve prides himself on his personal involvement with his clients and his results-oriented approach to litigation.
Steve’s insurance clients do business all across Canada covering a wide range of exposures including home, auto, commercial general liability, course of construction/builders’ risk, marine, officers and directors “E&O” and professional negligence. He is often called upon to provide coverage opinions, in addition to his work defending third party liability claims, and strives to provide his clients with proactive advice wherever possible. In addition to his work for the defence, a significant portion of Steve’s practice involves pursuing recovery of monies paid out by insurers by way of subrogated claims in a wide variety of situations. Recently Steve's work with insurance companies has earned him a spot on the Best Lawyers® in Canada list for Insurance Law. Best Lawyers recognizes law firms and lawyers for their professional excellence and consistent top rating from clients and peers.
Steve also serves many individual clients who have sustained personal injuries or the loss of a loved one. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients to compensate them for their losses. Steve use his experience to help guide individuals through the litigation process with as little anxiety as possible and to ensure that there are no surprises. Steve prides himself on his ability to ensure that his clients’ concerns are heard, understood and addressed so that they can achieve a sense of closure following their loss.
Steve is also frequently hired to act as a Mediator by other lawyers representing insurance companies, corporations or individuals. During the mediation process, he is able to use his experience as a litigator in a broad range of areas, as well as his training as a mediator with the Harvard Negotiation Institute to help litigants engage in a constructive discussion of the relevant issues. His mediation clients often comment on his tenacity and willingness to work hard to find a way to get the claim resolved.
Steve has been a member of Harrison Pensa’s Partnership Board since 2008 and Co-managing Partner with Tim Hogan since 2014. He is a member of the Middlesex Law Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.