Stephen F. Gleave

Partner, Toronto
Direct: 416.864.7208
Main: 416.362.1011
Year of Call: Ontario, 1990
  • Biography

Stephen Gleave is a senior trial lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. In his 30 years of experience, he has completed over 50 trials, 300 labour and commercial arbitrations and 50 labour and civil injunctions. Stephen represents parties in wrongful competition matters ranging from restrictive covenants, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duties, Charter challenges to retirement and benefit issues, executive compensation plans and complex wrongful dismissal actions.

Stephen has litigated a number of leading cases involving employee wrongful competition. He has a special interest in the forensic investigation of computers and other electronic devices to obtain evidence to prove wrongful competition. Stephen has also represented employers in commercial litigation involving employees or corporations engaging in wrongful competition after sale of a business or entering into other commercial arrangement, including business lift out or team move cases.

Stephen also represents employers in complex disputes arising under a shareholders agreement or the Ontario Business Corporations Act, including Rights of First Refusals, the valuation of a business, motions for advanced payments in a shareholder valuation dispute,  oppression or derivate actions brought against or on behalf of a corporation.  He recently won a case that awarded significant oppression damages to a minority shareholder and in which the court set aside restrictive covenants due to unfair dealings and oppression.

Stephen lives on a farm with his family, dogs and sheep, and he enjoys running and fly fishing.

Practice Areas


Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers in Canada (2014-2020)
Labour and Employment

Best Lawyers Global Business Edition (2018)
Labour and Employment Law

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2015-2019)
Employment Law (Repeatedly Recommended)

Memberships & Affiliations

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member

Canadian Bar Association – Member

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Civil Litigation, Education, and Labour & Employment Law Sections)

Select Publications & Presentations

“Restrictive Covenants and Injunctions: The Latest on the Law and Practice” CCCA Webinar (March 29, 2018)


Queen’s University, LL.B.

Oxford University