University of Ottawa
LL.B. 1997 (cum laude)
University of Victoria
British Columbia Bar: 1998
Steven G. Schwartz
After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria, Steve Schwartz graduated with honours from University of Ottawa's law school in 1997. Mr. Schwartz is a trial lawyer who practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, foreclosure law, real estate and construction litigation, shareholder disputes, and employment law.
Mr. Schwartz has experience as counsel in the BC Provincial Court, BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal. He has also represented clients before administrative tribunals, and has appeared in arbitration hearings conducted pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Act. Prior to founding Schwartz & Company, he was a partner at one of the Okanagan's largest law firms.
Mr. Schwartz initially moved to Kelowna more than 35 years ago and, after residing in such places as Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Saudi Arabia, he settled back in the Central Okanagan in 1998. In recent years, he has remained active in the community, serving as a director on several boards, including the Downtown Kelowna Association, Junior Achievement of British Columbia, the OUC Alumni Association, the Kelowna & District Safety Council, and others.
Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Kelowna Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and is an associate member of the American Bar Association.
University of Alberta
B.Comm. (Management Information Systems and Marketing) 2003
Duke University and Geneva Faculty of Law
Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law, 2005
Alberta Bar: 2008
British Columbia Bar: 2009
Wendy W.K. Cheung
Wendy Cheung has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta with a focus on management information systems and marketing. She was a legal assistant for a solicitor's practice in Edmonton before commencing her education in 2005. During her legal studies, Ms. Cheung was a student participant in the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law and studied Intellectual Property Law, International Business Law, and International Sports Law in the Geneva Faculty of Law in Switzerland.
Ms. Cheung was drawn to research and legal analysis since her early days in her legal education and won the Max and Manly Isaacs Prize for research and writing. Ms. Cheung was a Pitblado Scholar and a recipient of academic scholarships at her alma mater.
For the past 4 years, Ms. Cheung has taken on the challenging role of operating as the principal research lawyer for Keystone Legal Research, providing contract research and litigation support services for lawyers in the Okanagan region. This experience has afforded her the opportunity to develop her legal research and analytical skills. Ms. Cheung takes pride in creatively crafting winning arguments that are well supported by carefully researched law.
Ms. Cheung now joins Schwartz & Company and is excited to encompass her skills into a litigation practice.