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James M. Dickson, QC, P.Eng


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2




Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 1987

Legal Assistant(s): Melanie Waugh

Jim has acted for many of Nova Scotia’s greatest entrepreneur success stories and advised some of Atlantic Canada’s largest and most successful businesses. As a leading corporate finance professional, Jim has experience advising clients from both a legal and financial perspective. His clients include families, small privately-held businesses, large public and private companies, entertainment and media providers, manufacturers, food service producers, energy firms and Canada’s second largest national food retailer. Some of the ways Jim has helped his clients are:

  • Providing legal services to large commercial clients on mergers, acquisitions, financings and public securities offerings and compliance.
  • Providing legal services to some of Canada’s largest chartered banks with respect to local, regional and international loan securitizations, environmental matters and due diligence projects.

Jim is also a registered trademark agent.

Education & Career


University of Calgary, LLB, 1986
Technical University of Nova Scotia, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, 1979
Mount Allison University, Certificate in Engineering, 1977


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, board of trustees, Crombie REIT, 2017 – present
Chair, board of directors, Empire Company Limited, 2016
Director, Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated, 2012 – present
Past chair, board of regents, Mount Allison University, 2014 – 2016
Past chair, Mount Allison executive committee
Former chair and member, board of trustees, IWK Health Care Foundation
Former director, IWK Health Centre
Chair, Partnership Board, 2008 – 2011
Executive vice-president, chief development office and corporate secretary, Sobeys Inc., 2001 – 2004
Member, Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Member, Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation


Queen’s Counsel, 2010
Best Lawyers 2017 Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Recipient, Lexpert Zenith Award, 2014
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2013 – 2020
Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008 – 2020
Best Lawyers: Natural Resources Law, 2008 – 2020
Lexpert rating: Mergers and Acquisitions, 2020 – 2016
Lexpert rating: Infrastructure, 2017 – 2015
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


Panellist – ABA Mid-Year Meeting – Presidential Showcase on Value Billing

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