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Stuart McAlister

Tel: 519-672-9330Fax: 519-672-5960


Legal Assistant: Anna Kotkowski ( ext. 467)

Stuart is a lawyer practicing corporate/commercial law and commercial real estate law at our Kitchener-Waterloo office.

Stuart’s corporate practice includes providing legal advice to start-ups and small businesses, and incorporating and organizing closely held corporations, professional corporations and not for profits. Stuart has experience with licencing agreements, service contracts, and asset and share purchases agreements. Stuart’s commercial real estate practice focuses on lease negotiations and lease drafting for commercial landlords and tenants.

Stuart’s diverse experience and background, including working in civil litigation and working in-house at one of Canada’s largest film distributors, offers a results-focused understanding of business development, organization and growth, and pragmatic risk analysis.

Prior to joining Cohen Highley, Stuart articled and practiced at a nationally recognized firm. He is an avid soccer fan; certified scuba-diver; filmmaker/photographer; and tech enthusiast.

In the Community

• Founding Member of KickAbout London – an annual London Ontario, charity soccer tournament (
• Regular volunteer with the London Health Sciences Foundation
• Director – Women’s Crisis Services Board of Waterloo Region Board of Governance

Areas of Expertise

Education & Experience

Subsequent to obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from Ryerson University, Stuart obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015.