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, Mr. 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, employment law and estate litigation.
Mr. Schwartz has represented clients in the BC Provincial Court, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and the Federal Court of Canada. Among other things, he currently acts as lead counsel directing a team of lawyers in a complex multi-party lawsuit involving seven separate legal proceedings being case-managed together. Mr. Schwartz has also represented clients before various administrative tribunals, and has appeared in arbitration hearings conducted pursuant to the Arbitration Act. Prior to founding Schwartz and Company, he was a partner at one of the Okanagan's largest law firms.
Mr. Schwartz initially moved to Kelowna more than 40 years ago and, after residing in such places as Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Saudi Arabia, he settled back in the Central Okanagan in 1997. He has remained active in the community, having served 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 on the executive of the Kelowna Bar Association (Treasurer), and works to facilitate access to justice as a volunteer with Access Pro Bono. He is also a member of the Canadian 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 majoring in management information systems. She has worked in a variety of business settings: as a data consultant in the transportation department of the Government of Alberta, as an analyst at a major oil and gas company in Calgary, and as a trader with certification from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. As such, Ms. Cheung is well-versed in all aspects of business relationships and commercial transactions and utilizes her experience in her commercial litigation practice.
During her legal studies, Ms. Cheung was a student in the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law studying at the Faculty of Law at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she studied international intellectual Property Law, International Business Law, and International Sports Law.
Ms. Cheung was drawn to research and legal analysis early in her academics and career and was the recipient of the Max and Manly Isaacs Prize for research and writing. She was also a Pitblado Scholar at her alma mater.
Prior to joining Mr. Schwartz’s practice, Ms. Cheung operated Keystone Legal Research, providing research and litigation support services for lawyers in the Okanagan region. Ms. Cheung takes pride in crafting creative and well-supported legal arguments for all levels of court and administrative tribunals.
Ms. Cheung is a regular volunteer at the Elizabeth Fry Society in Kelowna providing free legal advice through Access Pro Bono. She is fluent in spoken Cantonese and light conversational Mandarin.