Samuel D. Stevens
Sam is an Elder of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation and the founder of Stevens & Company Law Firm. His daughter, Jennifer Trotti is co-owner of Stevens & Company. He has been a Lawyer since 1984 but worked for the Faculty of Law at U.B.C. until 1990 when he began working as the Administrator of the Justice of the Peace Program in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Sam celebrates an exciting and diverse law practice in Parksville since 1994. Most recently he was Claimant Counsel in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) for survivors of Indian Residential Schools. Presently Sam is the Senior Investigator of Workplace Investigations. He also assists First Nations to develop meaningful ways to have community participate in the overall decisions being made by the First Nation Government.
Sam’s approach to the practice of law is evident in his relationships with each client. He builds his relationships by using the 5 A’s: Acknowledge the client, Appreciate who the client is, Accept the client for who the client is, Affirm the client and Act on all of these as fundamental principles in establishing the trust needed to develop that special relationship with each client that is so critical in helping his clients with their important legal issues.
When Sam is not practicing law, he actively participates in building a stronger community. He attends the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church. His deep appreciation of island beauty and active recruitment of young lawyers to the Island earns him the title of ambassador to Parksville. He enjoys Qualicum Beach where he and his wife Mary Ellen live with their enormous dog Cocoa. Sam and Mary Ellen have three children who are all adults living away from home, but who enjoy coming back to visit their parents.