Robert G. MacKeigan, QC


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



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 1970

Legal Assistant(s): Shana Marshall

An experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with an emphasis on banking, insolvency law and financial restructuring, Robbie balances a busy practice with a healthy dose of volunteer work. Currently serving as Chair of the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia, he is a past president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, past chair of the Canadian Bar Association (NS) and a Fellow of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. Robbie has appeared in the courts of Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec on insolvency and restructuring cases.

Education & Career


University of London, LL.M., 1970 (mark of distinction)
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1969
Dalhousie University, B.A., 1966


Chair, Law Foundation of Nova Scotia
Member, Insolvency Institute of Canada (Board of Directors, 2004-2010)
Member, Canadian Bar Association (past president, Nova Scotia Branch)
Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (co-chair, Annual Meeting, 2000)
Past chair, Canadian Law Information Council
Director, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2001-2004
Member, International Bar Association
Member, INSOL International
Member and past president, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Member, Ethics Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2002-2009
Member, Real Estate Task Force, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2004-2007
Fellow, Insolvency Institute of Canada, 2008


Queen’s Counsel, 1986
Best Lawyers 2019 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Insolvency & Restructuring)
Best Lawyers 2016 Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers’ 2011 Halifax Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Derivatives Law, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring, 2006, 2008-2020
2003-2012, Member, Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers
Recipient, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Distinguished Service Award, 2011
Lexpert rating: Banking &  Financial  Institutions
Lexpert rating: Corporate  Commercial Law
Lexpert rating: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent® (highest peer rating)


Robbie has served on the editorial advisory board of the Annual Review of Insolvency Law since 2003 and is a member of the editorial board of the Commercial Insolvency Reporter.


Robbie has organized programs, written, lectured and participated on panels for various organizations including the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP), Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia CLE and the Law Society of New Brunswick as well as Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s and Queen’s Universities