Steven Barker joined Tevlin Gleadle Curtis Employment Law Strategies in September of 2016. He quickly earned the respect of the employment law bar as a highly effective lawyer.
In early 2017 Steven ran a nine-day trial with Martin Sheard as co-counsel. That case involved virtually every issue that could arise in a wrongful dismissal claim. Steven played a central role and conducted an extremely effective cross-examination of the opposing party’s central witness. Our client prevailed and received damages for wrongful dismissal. Steven also argued successfully for aggravated damages – a very rare remedy. Later still, Steve successfully sought costs against opposing counsel, also a very rare remedy.
In November 2017 Steve conducted his first summary trial, this time as lead counsel. Ania Konikowski assisted. He has appeared numerous times in the B.C. Supreme Court since then.
In addition to B.C. Supreme Court matters, Steven has also contributed to files involving submissions to the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Steven has also appeared before various provincial and federal administrative tribunals, including the Social Security Tribunal, Employment Standards Branch, Insurance Council of British Columbia, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal and Human Rights Tribunal.
Education and Experience
Steven Barker was called to the bar of British Columbia in August of 2016 after articling with a boutique Fraser Valley employment law firm. During his articling year, Steven was exposed to a wide variety of workplace disability claims. As a lawyer, Steven maintains an interest in this challenging field of law.
Before law school, Steven completed a Bachelor of Arts in Military History, graduating with distinction, at the University of Calgary.
Steven completed his first year of law school at the University of New Brunswick, where he achieved Dean’s List status. He transferred to the University of Victoria for his second and third years. During his studies at the University of Victoria, Steven was a member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Club. In his third year, Steven received the course prize for achieving the highest mark in Secured Transactions.