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Kathleen Leighton

Practice Innovation Lawyer

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



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2016

Legal Assistant(s): Heidi Evans

After practicing corporate immigration law for several years, Kathleen transitioned into a Practice Innovation Lawyer role and became involved in various firm-focused innovation initiatives regarding client solutions, practice re-engineering, project management, process improvement, practice health coaching, and digital literacy. Kathleen’s work with the Practice Innovation Department helps to streamline processes, reduce costs, and increase profitability.

Kathleen has her Yellow Belt Certification in Legal Lean Sigma ® Process Improvement & Project Management and experience in pricing and budgeting, data analytics, database design, Excel, SmartSheet, automated document assembly, process mapping, and other fields and technologies that allow her to work with internal and external stakeholders on practice innovation and creative problem solving initiatives.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, JD, 2015
Dalhousie University, BComm (Co-op), 2012


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, AI Task Force, Stewart McKelvey
Coordinator, Stewart McKelvey Beyond the  border: Immigration update publications
Peer educator, IB&M Society, 2013 – 2015
Volunteer, Community Outreach Program, Schulich School of Law, 2012 – 2015
Executive secretary, Community Outreach Program, Schulich School of Law, 2013 – 2015
Volunteer, Pro Bono Project, Schulich School of Law, 2012 – 2015
Volunteer, Business Law Associaiton, Schulich School of Law


Clifford Rae Achievement Award
Gowlings Law & Technology Prize
Dalhousie Schulich School of Law Entrance Scholarship
Eaton Foundation Scholarship
Dean’s List, Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University Entrance Scholarship

Thought Leadership


Panelist, “Empowering Citizen Developers: Keeping your Experts in Control”, Legalweek New York, January 2024

“COVID-19 Overview for Employers of Foreign Workers”, Stewart McKelvey Fall Labour and Employment webinar, November 2020

“Top 5 Immigration Considerations for Employers”, Stewart McKelvey Nova Scotia Labour and Employment Law Client Seminar, October 2018

“Immigration Update – Key Opportunities and Risks for Employers”, Stewart McKelvey In-House Counsel Professional Development Day, April 2017

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