Steven Hoyer obtained his law degree with distinction from McGill University. Before joining EMSP, Steven practiced in the insurance and tort litigation group of a national firm and later in an insurance litigation firm.
In 2000, he clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2007, he served as legal counsel to a division of the Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories.
Steven is a research lawyer with a practice emphasizing claims in negligence law and personal injury damages. He assists colleagues in the preparation of civil trials and appeals. He has worked on cases, and appeared as co-counsel, in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Steven’s representative cases include:
Harder v. Poettcker, 2016 BCCA 477, 90 B.C.L.R. (5th) 377, reasons on costs 2017 BCCA 107, appeal allowed in a leading case concerning a trial judge’s power to pronounce partial judgment and continue a trial after a civil jury’s verdict under Supreme Court Civil Rules 12-6(8) and 12-6(11).
Borgfjord v. Boizard, 2016 BCCA 317, 403 D.L.R. (4th) 745, 100 M.V.R. (6th) 208, leave to appeal ref’d 09 February 2017, appeal allowed in a motor vehicle liability appeal engaging issues of standard of care and factual and legal causation in the context of vehicles passing on a highway.
Currie v. Taylor, 2014 BCCA 51, 350 B.C.A.C. 246, 63 M.V.R. (6th) 169, appeal dismissed from judgment on liability for a motor vehicle accident.
Lorintt v. Boda, 2014 BCCA 354, 2 W.W.R. 284, 1 E.T.R. (4th) 175, 361 B.C.A.C. 153, 64 B.C.L.R. (5th) 81, leave to appeal ref’d  1 S.C.R. viii, appeal dismissed on the effect of a grant of joint tenancy between father and son.
Ediger v. Johnston,  2 S.C.R. 98, 2013 SCC 18, appeal on liability allowed in infant medical negligence claim, additional reasons, 2013 BCCA 525, 351 B.C.A.C. 143, 6 C.C.L.T. (4th) 95, cross appeal on damages allowed on terms settled by the parties.
Albert v. Politano, 2013 BCCA 194 , 338 B.C.A.C. 24, appeal dismissed from jury damages award.
Cahoon v. Brideaux, 2010 BCCA 228, 287 B.C.A.C. 85, 4 B.C.L.R. (5th) 229, appeal dismissed from jury damages award.
Rowe v. Bobell Express Ltd., 2005 BCCA 141, 251 D.L.R. (4th) 290, 29 C.C.L.T. (3d) 206, 39 B.C.L.R. (4th) 185, appeal dismissed in a leading case of a damages award assessing past loss of income and future loss of earning capacity.
Publications, Speaking Engagements, and Community Recognition
- Co-Author, “Damages for Loss of Earning Capacity”, Personal Injury Conference, Continuing Legal Education (October 2010)
- Co-Author and Presenter, “Admissibility of Expert Evidence”, Medical Experts Conference, Continuing Legal Education (May 2009)
- Co-Author, “Damages Update”, Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference (February 2006)
- Co-Author, “Two Approaches to Defending Bad Faith Claims: Bifurcation and Costs Personally Against Plaintiff’s Solicitor”, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Canadian Institute (November 2004)
- Co-Author, “Breach of Contract, Mental Distress, and Injury: The Underlying ‘Logic’ of Awards for Aggravated Damages and Damages for Mental Distress”, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Canadian Institute (November 2003)
- Co-Author, “Principles of Subrogation”, Personal Injury Conference, Continuing Legal Education (May 2003)