Steven Kelman

Partner* Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1986

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*Practising as a professional corporation
  • Bio
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Education

Steve prides himself on building strong relationships and getting to know his clients and their organizations well. As a strategic business advisor, he offers more than traditional legal advice, working closely with his clients to achieve their goals. Practising predominantly in corporate finance, Steve is experienced in structuring and facilitating deals across various industries, always focused on building long-term relationships and enabling his clients’ success.

Steve is Co-Chair of the firm’s Venture Finance Group as well as a member of the Corporate/Commercial Group and Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He practises in the area of corporate finance, including venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and shareholders' arrangements.

He has been a partner since 1995 and is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Corporate Mid-Market.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
  • Named as one of the 40 repeatedly recommended Canadian corporate mid-market lawyers in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Professional Involvement


  • Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA)

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and Past-President, Beth Sholom Synagogue
  • Board Member, Peace of Mind
  • Senator, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre
  • Co-head of Community Partners, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Executive
  • Board of Governors, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative 

Selected Speaking Engagements

Steve has presented at a number of conferences on venture capital, commercial, corporate and securities law issues.


  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1984
  • BA, History, University of Toronto, 1982