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Practice Innovation Partner Paul Saunders has received a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 Award, recognizing his role as a trailblazer in the legal landscape across Canada.

Upon being admitted to the Stewart McKelvey partnership in 2015, Paul left his thriving corporate law practice to become the Firm’s first Practice Innovation Partner. He built a team to spearhead some of the Firm’s most complex and multi-faceted strategic priorities including practice re-engineering, legal project management, pricing and profitability and compensation alignment initiatives, all which have helped create a culture of continuous improvement throughout Stewart McKelvey. Using his background in IT and an innovative approach to the practice of law, Paul applies his technical skills to connect the dots, empathize with his client’s business needs, manage risk and solve structural problems resulting in long-term success. The innovative solutions that Paul has developed for Stewart McKelvey and our clients, both in delivering traditional legal services and in leading our Practice Innovation initiatives, is redefining how we deliver service to clients.

Paul has become a sought after speaker on the future of law practice, as a thought leader in legal practice innovation, project management, technology and process improvement. He presents regularly at Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and other conferences and events and has written numerous articles for Canadian Lawyer magazine and other legal publications.



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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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