Stephen is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising in the areas of business and intellectual property law. Co-leader of the Tech Group in Ottawa, much of his practice focuses on the preparation and negotiation of agreements that deal with technology and intellectual property rights including distribution agreements, master service agreements, licenses, cloud computing agreements, development agreements, implementation agreements, sales channel agreements, publishing agreements and software service agreements. Stephen also advises on issues related to cloud computing, data security and open-source software. He has long been recognized in both The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada. In 2018, 2021 and 2023, Stephen was recognized by Best Lawyers as Information Technology “Lawyer of the Year” in Ottawa. In 2019, he was a recipient of a Client Choice Award presented by the International Law Office in partnership with Lexology in the Information Technology (Ontario) category.