Why Stikeman Elliott

Reach your full potential with Stikeman Elliott Calgary

You’ll feel right at home with the leading lawyers who have chosen to make their careers at Stikeman Elliott. Our student program attracts smart and passionate people who are excited by the legal challenges posed by high-profile deals, cross-border transactions and precedent-setting litigation files. You’ll work directly with today’s business law leaders who are shaping established industries and emerging practice areas, on transactions ranging from multinational acquisitions to company-defining business decisions.

Our lawyers are proud to work at a top-tier corporate law firm with a rich history that is recognized as an industry leader by survey rankings, clients and competitors. Accordingly, we have been awarded “Law Firm of the Year” by Best Lawyers in Canada, “Canada M&A Law Firm of the Year” by the M&S Atlas Awards, “Class Actions Law Firm of the Year” by Best Lawyers and other noteworthy accolades. If international exposure is one of your interests, you’ll be excited about the opportunities here; we regularly handle cross-border and multinational deals through offices in all major cities in Canada, as well as London, New York and Sydney.

We are known for punching well above our weight when it comes to attracting a significant share of this city’s high-profile deals, cross-border transactions and litigation files. While our natural focus is on the global oil and gas, power and renewable energy, and energy services industries, you will also benefit from exposure to our full-service business law practice, including corporate finance, M&A, real estate, corporate-commercial law, banking, structured finance, tax, employment, and business litigation. Our program is centred around skills development and exploring areas of interest, so that you can make an informed choice about your future area of practice.

Firm culture

Students often comment on the welcoming and positive feeling they sense in our Calgary office. Many tell us that our smaller office size and national platform is a clear benefit, offering personal exposure to matters and partners that their peers at larger sized offices may not have. Thanks to our collegial and friendly atmosphere, you will be welcomed into the fabric of the firm and experience a culture that is energetic, friendly and open.

We are committed to the highest levels of professionalism while still being down to earth. We like to say that although we take our work seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Our team-centred approach supports the absence of unnecessary bureaucracy, which means we regularly collaborate with lawyers from various practice groups across the firm. You’ll find that a sense of comradery among colleagues is a tangible part of our culture that extends beyond practice groups and offices.

Knowledge management

We make significant investments in modernizing the way our lawyers gain access to the intellectual capital that informs their decision-making. Our dedicated Knowledge Management (KM) Group consolidates the insights of lawyers and deal teams to develop valuable legal content for STELLA KM, our leading enterprise search platform. STELLA KM is a critical tool that is available at our lawyers’ fingertips to efficiently research and access the right information. It is also used to access our KM collection, which includes closing books, precedents, research, matters and publications organized by practice group, legal topic, industry and context.

Legal technology tools

We employ a variety of leading legal technology tools to streamline the delivery of our legal services. These tools support all aspects of corporate transactions and relate to closing management, artificial intelligence (AI) assisted contract analysis and due diligence, agreement review and proofreading, and document automation. We have also invested in tools that reduce human error by automating precedents, reviewing corporate documents and analyzing large quantities of electronically stored information in the context of litigation.

We use e-Discovery and legal research tools that are supported by AI in the context of our advocacy work. In our advisory practices, we also employ tools that are also supported by AI and data driven analysis, as well as expert systems that enable us to develop apps that automate legal decision trees and respond to discrete issues. We continuously monitor new technologies and methodologies to identify those that best support our practices.