Alexander Steele
  • Title: Articling Student
  • Office: Toronto
  • Status: At the Firm
  • Law School: Queen’s University

 
Biography

Alexander was born and raised in Northern Ontario, and obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. While completing his undergraduate degree, he was a member and later a coach, of the Queen’s rowing team. Prior to law school, he worked as a geophysical analyst for a small oil and gas company in Calgary, Alberta.

Alexander received his J.D. from Queen’s in 2017. During law school, he volunteered with a community legal clinic, worked as a research assistant on two legal publications, and was involved in several moot competitions, including the 2016 Wilson Moot. Alexander was awarded the Queen’s Law Prize in Negotiation. He completed a semester abroad at the University of Hong Kong. Alexander served as a member of the Board of Directors for two community groups - a local rowing club and a not-for-profit bar on-campus bar.

Outside of the office, Alexander enjoys sports, travel, and weekends spent either skiing or at the cottage.


 
Assignments

I chose McCarthy Tétrault because I wanted a challenge. I wanted to be pushed, to be given more than I thought I could handle, and to be given the chance to shine. My summer delivered in spades. Having no experience in transactional work, I sought to ‘get my feet wet’ in the Real Property & Planning group. Instead, I was given significant responsibility. I was asked me to take the lead on small commercial real estate purchases and to assist with a leanly-staffed billion-dollar lending transaction. It was exhilarating. With the support of the junior associates and my assigned mentor, I drafted key agreements, kept the client up-to-date, and communicated directly with associates and partners at opposing firms. I was always comfortable asking for instructions, advice, or feedback from anyone for whom I had worked. The culture of mentorship that permeates the firm is obvious and highly beneficial for summer students. I know that my work was valued and that I am a better writer, researcher, and future lawyer as a result of my summer experience at McCarthy Tétrault.

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