Steve Dykstra is a corporate/commercial lawyer practicing in the Greater Toronto area. Although he now runs his own company, he started his career on Bay Street, Canada’s financial hub, working first for Goodman & Carr and then Loopstra Nixon. He also spent nearly five years as a legal recruiter.
While on the Street, Steve learned all about the demands of advising the most prestigious clients on headline-making deals and has assisted clients on myriad matters including mergers and acquisitions, financings, dispute resolution, protecting intellectual property and negotiating “business critical” contracts. That behind-closed-doors experience informs much of his current writing.
Steve also contributes a weekly column for the U.S. legal blog, Above the Law. This wide-ranging forum receives approximately 7 million page views and more than 1 million unique visitors per month. It’s a go-to source for legal news, commentary, advice and entertainment.
Prior to entering law school, he worked in sports television for The Sports Network, YTV and Sportsnet, where he got the opportunity to interview a number of sports celebrities, including Vince Carter, Charles Barkley, Tie Domi and his all-time favourite, Julius Erving. Steve played competitive basketball, baseball, hockey and football growing up, and still plays basketball regularly. From April to September he regularly puts on chest waders to stand in a river trying to catch trout with a tiny fly. The trout usually prevail.
Steven has just completed his first legal thriller, The Occupation. He lives just outside Toronto with his wife and children.