Steinmans Trial Lawyers regularly represents clients in major business disputes. Those disputes can be as simple as a debt claim for a customer’s failure to pay an invoice or as complicated as a dispute between feuding shareholders of a private company. You need a civil litigation attorney for this type of dispute.

We understand that these cases are messy, much like a divorce.

We have acted in commercial litigation business disputes involving family real estate companies, restaurants, hotels, professional firms and manufacturing.  We represented a young entrepreneur who was bilked out of his share of a pizza restaurant.  He got a new start opening a successful business elsewhere.

We help shareholders in cases involving alleged oppressive conduct.  “Oppression” involves conduct that violates a shareholder’s reasonable expectations and is oppressive or unfairly prejudicial.  Courts can intervene and order remedies such as a repurchase of the wronged shareholder’s shares or appointment of a receiver-manager.

We are civil litigation lawyers in cases where one shareholder has been excluded from the management of a business. This sometimes happens in family or private companies.  In a family company, it is possible to get an order for a liquidation of the company – or a less drastic order – such as a buyout of the aggrieved family member’s shares.  Courts are more likely to order a remedy, like a buyout, where there is evidence of a loss of mutual confidence among shareholders, even when one or more of those persons/shareholders were not directors of the company.

We get involved as civil litigators on cases involving a dispute over the “fair value” of the shares being repurchased.  The Court looks at the assets, liabilities, and operations of the company.  Sometimes this involves the hire of expert valuators for advice on the “valuation“ of a business.

If there are buildings or land involved, we hire an appraiser to give an opinion on the appraised value of the real estate.  On another case, we obtained an order for a payout for a shareholder whose siblings were managing affairs in a family holding company with real estate so as to deprive him of monies that he needed to rebuild his life.

Steinmans Trial Lawyers offers business clients a formidable combination. We work with experienced business law and transactions lawyers to assist on company disputes when we need specialized advice in areas like real estate or finance. We have three experienced corporate lawyers to consult with, who all share space at our office.


  • It has been my experience that Neal Steinman conducts his practice, and himself, in accordance with the highest ethical standards and consistently exhibits sound judgment. He has the ability to effectively analyze complex legal issues, resulting in the provision of practical advice to efficiently resolve matters.
    -Senior Counsel in Litigation
  • Neal's all-round excellent legal abilities are coupled with a rare and genuine concern and interest in the well-being of his clients, not only the outcome of their legal issues. His highly competent approach to files frequently employs his unique inventiveness to achieve his clients’ objectives.
    -Counsel in Commercial Litigation
  • Neal has always proven excellent and wise counsel in a range of situations.
    -Counsel in Commercial Litigation
  • Neal treats each client with respect and provides legal services that are designed to meet the client's unique needs. I have referred Neal to my clients and have received very positive feedback. Neal is an excellent lawyer and I recommend his services.
    -Senior Attorney in Commercial Litigation
  • Neal's personal attention to cases and practical advice have served his clients well for over 25 years. He is an excellent litigator and one of the best negotiators in the British Columbia bar, and has represented clients in the insurance industry ranging from large, self-insured corporations to traditional insurance companies.
    -Attorney in Commercial Defense
  • Neal S. Steinman is one of the most knowledgeable, experienced, professional and skilled civil litigators, or barristers, I have ever known. After twenty (20) or so years of practice and having started over 100+ civil Trials, mostly Jury matters, one gets to recognize and respect real talent. Neal S. Steinman has a litigation skill set, both inside the court room and in the board room of a mediation, discovery, or pre-trial, second to very few. I would highly recommend retaining Neal S. Steinman
    -Senior Partner in Civil Litigation
  • In my dealings with Neal Steinman, I am consistently impressed with his analytical ability, his judgment, and his integrity. He is tactful and strategic, but never afraid to stand up for what's right. This is a lawyer I would want in my corner.
    -Counsel in Litigation
  • I have known Neal Steinman for over 30 years. He is a creative, entrepreneurial smart and practical lawyer whose communications skills are top-notch.
    -Partner in Civil Litigation
  • I am a tax partner and managing partner of my own tax boutique firm. I do not do any civil litigation work. I have referred a number of client matters to Neal Steinman over the years. He is an excellent lawyer and always obtained good results for my clients.
    -Attorney in Civil Litigation
  • Neal is an exceptional trial lawyer with good instincts for litigating and settling cases. He is one of the best prepared, most articulate, and practical counsel you can find, having honed his skills at the highest levels of practice at every level of court in British Columbia.
    -Attorney in Commercial Litigation
  • Neal brings a strong combination of experience, ethics, and energy to his practice. He is practical, problem-solving lawyer who is also unafraid to step into the courtroom when needed.
    -Counsel in Civil litigation
  • Neal is a very capable and skilled lawyer who thinks well on his feet and in the crunch of the moment in argument before the Bench. He is personable polite respectful of peers and well prepared. He finds practical and direct solutions to varied litigation problems. He is a capable navigator of the Court process and is very experienced, especially in defending commercial, estate litigation and motor vehicle accident claims. He works cooperatively with other team lawyers when it is required.
    -Senior Counsel in Commercial Litigation