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Lydia Bugden & Daniela Bassan appointed Queen’s Counsel

February 26, 2020

Chief executive officer and managing partner Lydia Bugden, and Halifax partner Daniela Bassan, join 12 others in Nova Scotia in receiving a Queen’s Counsel designation, as announced by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Mark Furey. This recognition is given to those who demonstrate professional integrity and have made significant contributions to the practice of law as well as the community at large.

Lydia became Stewart McKelvey’s CEO in 2015, making her the first female CEO of a law firm in Atlantic Canada. She has a forward-thinking commitment to innovation in the practice of law and an unfailing commitment to supporting our communities, serving as president, chair and board member of over half a dozen organizations. Atlantic Business Magazine recognized Lydia as a Top 50 CEO in 2018 and 2019.

Called to the Nova Scotia bar in 2003, Daniela works with diverse clients in complex commercial litigation. She is chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and has been listed by Benchmark Canada and Lexpert as a leader in Intellectual Property Law.  She is also active both inside and outside of the legal community, most recently as vice chair of the board of directors for 2b theatre company.



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Partner Dan Boone, QC, has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

March 3, 2015

St. John’s partner Dan Boone, QC, has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (“ACTL”) fellowship following the 2015 spring meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida. Established in 1950, the ACTL is comprised of more than 5,800 acclaimed trial lawyers from North America and is considered one of the premier professional trial organizations in America. The college…

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Stewart McKelvey first Atlantic Canadian law firm to receive a Legal Marketing Association Your Honour Award

February 27, 2015

Stewart McKelvey has received the Legal Marketing Association’s (“LMA”) Your Honour Award, in the category of Events, for its ongoing sponsorship of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce‘s Annual Fall Dinner. Year-over-year the firm has partnered with a local non-profit to join the firm on stage, and in the event promotions, to provide an additional keynote: in 2012…

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Rob Aske and Daniela Bassan speaking at entertainment, digital and IP law conference

February 25, 2015

Halifax-based partners Rob Aske and Daniela Bassan will be speaking at the Artists’ Legal Information Society conference, On the Edge of Now: Emerging Trends in Entertainment, Digital and IP Law, beginning Friday, February 27 at Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law. Saturday, February 28 beginning at 2:00 p.m., Rob will be presenting a session with 4th Monkey Media president Kirsten…

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Rick Dunlop speaking at Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia session on accommodating family status

February 20, 2015

The Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia is hosting a session today featuring Halifax labour and employment partner Rick Dunlop. Rick will review the ways in which employment discrimination based on family status (e.g. parent/child relationships, family caregiver responsibilities) can arise, conflicting legal decisions on family status discrimination and required accommodation and steps employers can take to assist…

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Mick Ryan, QC, awarded Canadian Bar Association’s 2015 Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence

February 20, 2015

An active member of the Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”) for more than 42 years, Mick Ryan, QC, joins the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada, as one of only four Nova Scotians to have received the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence, a national award named in memory of Louis St-Laurent, former Prime Minister…

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Partner Andrea Baldwin listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2015

February 18, 2015

Halifax partner Andrea Baldwin has been selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2015 publication. She is the only lawyer from an Atlantic Canadian firm to be listed. Established in 1996, Who’s Who Legal identifies prominent legal professionals in multiple areas of business law. The corporate immigration publication includes the world’s leading corporate immigration lawyers…

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Halifax partner Rebecca Saturley quoted in CBC article about Heritage Day

February 9, 2015

Labour and employment partner Rebecca Saturley was interviewed by Richard Cuthbertson of CBC Nova Scotia for his article “Viola Desmond Day: who’s got the day off… and who doesn’t” When discussing who is and is not entitled to the February 16 provincial holiday, Rebecca states that the federally regulated employers not entitled to the day off are…

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Stewart McKelvey named Firm of the Year – Atlantics by Benchmark Litigation for third consecutive year

February 6, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Stewart McKelvey has been named Firm of the Year – Atlantics by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to Canada’s leading firms and lawyers. The award was announced last night, February 5, 2015 at an awards gala held in Toronto. This award recognizes the achievements of an Atlantic Canadian-based firm as…

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Five lawyers speaking at The Canadian Bar Association New Brunswick branch Mid-Winter Meeting

February 5, 2015

Partners Robert Dysart, Sacha Morisset and Richard Petrie, along with associates Tanya Butler, TEP and Erin Hardy, will be speaking at The Canadian Bar Association New Brunswick branch Mid-Winter Meeting, Thursday, February 5 – Saturday, February 7, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Moncton partner Robert Dysart and Halifax associate Tanya Butler, TEP will be speaking at various education sessions, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Friday…

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Fredericton associate Lana MacLellan speaking at national Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute webinar

January 28, 2015

Associate Lana MacLellan will be outlining changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program during a Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute national webinar, Thursday, January 29. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program was a large topic of discussion in 2014 and recent changes to it continue to limit an employer’s ability to hire temporary foreign workers. Lana will review the…

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