Justice Stephen W. Hamilton was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal on October 4, 2013. He has heard cases in all divisions of the Court, from the Family Division to the Criminal Division, with an emphasis on commercial matters.
Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Justice Hamilton practised law with Martineau Walker (now Fasken Martineau) from 1987 to 1990 and with Stikeman Elliott from 1990 to 2013. His principal practice areas were commercial litigation, class actions, insolvency and competition law. Justice Hamilton was a member of Stikeman Elliott’s firm-wide Professional and Ethics Committee from 1996 to 2013 and co-chair from 2007 until his appointment to the bench. He was a sessional lecturer at the McGill Faculty of Law from 1992 to 2006, and in international arbitration at the Quebec Bar School in Montreal from 2010 to 2012.
Justice Hamilton received a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University in 1984 (gold medallist), and a masters-level Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1985. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1986 and the Ontario Bar in 1988. He clerked for the Honourable Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1986-1987.
Justice Hamilton was appointed to the Court of Appeal on August 29, 2018.