Michelle Chai

Associate

Suite 900, Purdy’s Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water St.
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 3N2

+1.902.444.1704

+1.902.420.1417

mchai@stewartmckelvey.com

Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2013

Legal Assistant(s): Alicia Mullane

Michelle provides sound legal solutions and risk management to corporate commercial clients in a variety of industries including banking, energy, telecommunications and intellectual property. She also works with insurers in such areas as disability insurance, personal injury and property insurance. Michelle has represented clients in commercial arbitrations, Supreme, Small Claims and Federal Court matters, as well as appeals before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Some of the ways Michelle helps her clients include:

  • Co-counsel in 7 day out-of-province commercial arbitration, successfully defending Nova Scotia corporation.
  • Co-counsel in 3 week trial at Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, representing insurer which successfully defended against a claim for long term disability benefits.
  • Defence of disability insurance, personal injury and property damage claims for national and international insurers, as well as self-insured corporations (incl. banks and transportation companies).
  • Advice on trademark and copyright issues.
  • Assistance with multimillion-dollar commercial litigation actions, in the areas of energy and construction.
  • Conduct of Small Claims Court and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia matters and hearings for businesses and insurers.
  • Assistance with debt collection for companies and financial institutions involving multinational assets and parties.
  • E-discovery management including collection and organization of, as well as delegation for review of, electronic disclosure in databases with over 1.5 million records.

Education & Career

Education

Université de Moncton, Trial Advocacy Program, 2016
Dalhousie University, JD, 2012
Queen’s University, BAH Political Studies & History, 2009

Activities

Member, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2019 – present
Member-at-Large, Canadian Bar Association, Women’s Lawyer Forum, 2018 – present
Member, Board of Directors, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2014 – present
Secretary, Executive, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2017 – present
Presenter/volunteer, Canadian Bar Association, Law Day, 2013 – present
Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, 2013 – present
Member, Board of Directors, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2017 – present
Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2011 – present
Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2012 – present
Member, Canadian Bar Association Equality Committee, 2014 – 2017
Member, Canadian Bar Association, Interim Governance & Equality Committee, 2017
Volunteer, Stewart McKelvey United Way Committee, 2012 – 2014
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2012 – 2015
Coach, Saint Mary’s University Pre-Law Society, Osgoode Cup Moot, 2015
Member and lead volunteer, Law Day Planning Committee, Canadian Bar Association, 2013
Volunteer and team leader, Play in a Day, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2012 – 2013
Member and volunteer, Philanthropy Committee, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2012 – 2013
Volunteer member, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2012 – 2013
Member, Diversity in the Judiciary Subcommittee & Uncommon Law Subcommittee, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2012 – 2013

Thought Leadership

Publications

Re:Sound Dancing Again, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

April 15, 2015

What’s in a name? (Why there is no copyright in your name), Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

January 12, 2015

Re:Sound Flexes its Musical Muscles, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

May 26, 2014

Google Glass-wearing Driver Ticketed in the US – What’s the law on distracted driving in Nova Scotia?, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

January 31, 2014

Cloud Computing: How to Navigate Risky Skies, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

February 26, 2013

Statutory Damages and the New Copyright Regime, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

November 14, 2012

Signed (Electronically?), Sealed & Delivered, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

September 30, 2012

Re:Sound, the New Kid (Music Copyright Collective) on the Music Block, Stewart McKelvey’s IP/IT Blog, The Medium

September 19, 2012

Presentations

Legal Update, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2018 Claims and Anti-Fraud Annual Conference

May 09, 2018

Documentary Discovery Roundtable, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2017 Legal Section Annual Meeting

October 05, 2017

A Mari Usque Ad Mare – Update from Atlantic Canada (and beyond), Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2016 Legal Section Annual Meeting

September 22, 2016