Richard F. Steele

Practice Focus

  • Employment & Labour
  • Commercial & General Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Franchises, Dealerships and Distributorships

Relevant Experience

  • Appears before all levels of Court in Alberta and the Federal Court of Canada
  • Appears before the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board and the Alberta Human Rights Commission
  • Advises clients regarding termination and layoff strategy
  • Drafts collective agreements, employment agreements, independent consultant contracts, change of control and retention agreements
  • Advises clients concerning personnel procedures and policies, drug and alcohol policies, restrictive covenant obligations and site access issues
  • Advises clients on downsizing, corporate transactions, defending employment-related litigation and discrimination complaints
  • Advises clients relating to union matters, including collective agreements, unfair labour practice complaints, duties of fair representation, certification and revocation, and successor and common employer applications
  • Represents parties at grievance arbitrations

Practice Areas


  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1996
  • Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), 1993

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 1997

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Employment and Labour (Alberta), 2019-2022
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Employment Law (Employer and Employee, 2017-2021
  • Named as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of Employment and Labour, Energy and Natural Resources and Securities, 2017-2021
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment Law, annually since 2008
  • Named as a Future Star in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2014-2016


  • Guest Lecturer, Employment Termination Best Practices Seminar, Calgary, 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, Employee Termination and Restructuring Conference, Calgary, 2009
  • Co-authored with Ben Aberant, In an Economic Downturn are Less Reasons Needed and Fewer Second Chances Granted?, presented at the Incisive Media Western Canada Employee Terminations & Restructuring Conference, September 2009

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Member, Executive Committee, BD&P
  • Leader, Employment & Labour Business Unit, BD&P