Steven J. Atkinson


Steven J. Atkinson is a Partner at Harrison Pensa in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group and the Insurance Services group. Steve has a diverse litigation practice with over 25 years of experience. He works for individuals, insurance companies and other corporations of all sizes. Whatever the case or whoever the client, Steve prides himself on his personal involvement with his clients and his results-oriented approach to litigation.

Steve’s insurance clients do business all across Canada covering a wide range of exposures including home, auto, commercial general liability, course of construction/builders’ risk, marine, officers and directors “E&O” and professional negligence. He is often called upon to provide coverage opinions, in addition to his work defending third-party liability claims, and strives to provide his clients with proactive advice wherever possible. In addition to his work for the defence, a significant portion of Steve’s practice involves pursuing recovery of monies paid out by insurers by way of subrogated claims in a wide variety of situations.

Steve also serves many individual clients who have sustained personal injuries or the loss of a loved one. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients to compensate them for their losses. Steve use his experience to help guide individuals through the litigation process with as little anxiety as possible and to ensure that there are no surprises. Steve prides himself on his ability to ensure that his clients’ concerns are heard, understood and addressed so that they can achieve a sense of closure following their loss.

Steve is often hired to act as a Mediator to assist with disputes regarding a variety of issues including tort, accident benefits, disability, life insurance, professional liability and a broad range of contractual/commercial disputes. His mediation practice takes him all over the Province of Ontario. During the mediation process, he is able to use his diverse experience as a litigator, as well as his training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute to help the parties engage in a constructive discussion of the relevant issues. His mediation clients often comment on his tenacity and willingness to work hard to find a way to get the claim resolved. He has handled in excess of 400 mediations as of 2020.

Steve is a member of the Canadian Association of Distinguished Neutrals. To book a mediation with Steve, or to view his calendar for availability click here.

Steve has been a member of Harrison Pensa’s Partnership Board since 2008 and Co-managing Partner with Tim Hogan since 2014. He is a member of the Middlesex Law Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

When not at work, Steve enjoys spending time pursuing his interest in cars, boats and travel. 

Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course, 1992-1993
Bachelor of Laws, University of Manitoba, 1992
Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario, 1989


  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada™ for Insurance Law since 2018
  • Lexpert-ranked lawyer recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law, and recognized in the Special Edition of Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Insurance Services