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Firm lawyers listed as leaders in more than 40 practice areas byThe Best Lawyers™ in Canada

The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020 has recognized 83 Stewart McKelvey lawyers as legal leaders, in more than 40 practice areas. Fifteen of these individuals have also been named “Lawyer of the Year”, a designation given to the lawyer in each practice and metropolitan area with the highest overall peer-feedback.

Best Lawyers® is the oldest, most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, which allows lawyers to share their opinion about the abilities of their colleagues.

 Allison McCarthy  André Richard, QC  Andrew Burke
 Andrew Fraser, QC  Art Barry, QC  Barbara Smith, QC
 Brian Johnston, QC  Brian Tabor, QC  Candace Thomas, QC
 Carman McCormick, QC  Cathy Lahey, QC  Chantal Thibodeau, QC
 Charles Reagh  Christine Pound, ICD.D  Clarence Bennett
 Colin Piercey  Colleen Keyes  Colm St. Roch Seviour, QC
 Cynthia Benson  David Miller, QC  Elizabeth Haldane
 Fraser MacFadyen  Frederick McElman, CM, QC  Gavin Stuttard
 Geoffrey Connolly, QC, P.Eng.  Geoffrey Machum, QC, ICD.D  George Caines, QC
 Gerald McMackin, QC  Greg Moores  Harold Smith, QC
 Ian Bilek  Ian Sutherland  Ian Wallace
 James Dickson, QC, P.Eng.  James LeMesurier, QC  James Murphy
 James Travers, QC  Janet Clark, CPHR  Jim Cruickshank
 John McFarlane, QC  John Plowman, QC  Jonathan Coady
 Kenneth McCullogh, QC  Kim Walsh  Lawrence Stordy, QC
 Lewis Andrews, QC  Luc Elsliger  Lydia Bugden
 Mark Bursey, TEP  Mark Tector  Maureen Ryan, QC
 Maurice Chiasson, QC  Mick Ryan, QC  Murray Murphy, QC, CPHR
 Nancy Rubin, QC  Neal Leard  Neil Jacobs, QC
 Paul Coxworthy  Paul Festeryga, QC  Paul Harquail, ACIArb
 Paul Kiley  Paul Smith  Perlene Morrison
 Peter McLellan, QC  Rebecca Saturley  Rémy Boudreau
 Richard Hirsch  Richard Niedermayer, TEP  Rick Dunlop
 Rob Aske  Robert Grant, QC  Robert MacKeigan, QC
 Robert Vincent, QC  Rodney Zdebiak  Rory Rogers, QC
 Sacha Morisset  Shelley Wood  Spencer Campbell, QC
 Stephen Penney  Susan Norman  Thomas Laughlin, QC
 Timothy Matthews, QC  Will Moreira, QC, FCIArb


Best Lawyers™ 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”:

Allison McCarthy, Fredericton – Banking and Finance Law
Andrew Burke, Halifax – Securities Law
Chantal Thibodeau, QC, Moncton – Insurance Law
Christine Pound, ICD.D, Halifax – Corporate Law
Colleen Keyes, Halifax – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Cynthia Benson, Saint John – Personal Injury Litigation
James Murphy, Saint John – Real Estate Law
Jim Cruickshank, Halifax – Trusts and Estates
John McFarlane, QC, Halifax – Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
Jonathan Coady, Charlottetown – Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Kenneth McCullogh, QC, Saint John – Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Maureen Ryan, QC, St. John’s – Corporate Law
Paul Kiley, Charlottetown – Corporate Law
Paul Smith, Saint John – Corporate Law
Robert Grant, QC, Halifax – Natural Resources Law



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Daniela Bassan provides a lesson in the consistency and effectiveness of mandates, by-laws and governance policies for Crown corporations.

January 21, 2020

During the 15th annual Crown Corporate Governance Forum in Ottawa, partner Daniela Bassan will speak on mandates, by-laws and governance policies for Crown corporations. She will review trends, policies and best practices in this area.

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think: on the move

January 17, 2020

Our Halifax office is moving to Queen’s Marque! We are excited to announce that effective March 9, 2020, our Halifax office will be located in the new Queen’s Marque building on the Halifax waterfront. Queen’s…

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Mathieu Poirier appointed Managing Partner, Moncton

January 10, 2020

Mathieu Poirier joins the Firm Management team as the new Managing Partner, Moncton, taking this role over from Christopher Stewart, who was appointed to the position in 2014. With a business degree from Université de…

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Two former Stewart McKelvey partners appointed to Order of Canada

January 6, 2020

The Honourable James Cowan, CM, QC, and The Honourable Donald Oliver, CM, QC, are among the 77 individuals to be appointed to the Order of Canada, as recently announced by Her Excellency the Right Honourable…

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Stewart McKelvey welcomes six new partners

January 2, 2020

Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce the following six lawyers who have been admitted as partners, effective January 1, 2020:   St. John’s Allison Whelan   Moncton Julie LeBlanc-Hultberg Renée Fontaine   Fredericton Chad Sullivan…

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John McFarlane, QC, recognized for 50 years practicing

December 18, 2019

Halifax partner John McFarlane, QC, has been presented with a certificate of achievement by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society to celebrate his five decades in law. John began his career at the Firm in 1968,…

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Partner Gary Demeulenaere rejoins Charlottetown office

December 13, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Charlottetown partner Gary Demeulenaere back to the Firm. With a practice focusing on the areas of civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy, receivership and insolvency, insurance, alternative dispute resolution and real…

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Cynthia Benson receives Queen’s Counsel designation

December 11, 2019

Saint John partner Cynthia Benson has been appointed Queen’s Counsel, following a formal ceremony at the New Brunswick Legislature this week. Recipients of this accolade demonstrate outstanding professional integrity, and have made great contributions to…

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Happy Holidays/Joyeuses Fêtes

December 9, 2019

Happy Holidays from / Joyeuses Fêtes de la part de Stewart McKelvey.

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Charlottetown partner Jonathan Coady appointed Queen’s Counsel

December 2, 2019

Charlottetown partner Jonathan Coady has received the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation. The distinction of Queen’s Counsel is given to experienced lawyers in recognition of their commitment to the legal profession and contributions to their communities.…

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