Frederick McElman, CM, QC


Suite 600, Frederick Square
77 Westmorland St.
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 6Z3



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): New Brunswick, 1978

Legal Assistant(s): Francine Bradbury

Working with a diverse group of clients which include government and quasi-government bodies, professional associations, boards of directors, construction firms, vendors and purchasers of businesses, some of the examples of the services Fred has performed for his clients include:

  • Acting as legal counsel to a high profile advisory board appointed to give strategic advice to the lenders and creditors of a large industrial/construction venture.
  • Drafting and guiding private acts through the legislative process for 10 professional associations.
  • Acting as counsel to receivers and trustees on significant insolvency cases.
  • Serving as litigation defence counsel in a $48 million legal action involving the largest private construction project in the province.

Education & Career


Harvard University, LL.M., 1979
University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1978
University of New Brunswick, B.B.A., 1972


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Business Development Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2009
Member, Order of Canada
Governor, Lifesaving Society New Brunswick
Trademark agent
Chair, Plan International Inc.


Queen’s Counsel, 2006
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2012-2019
Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law, 2012, 2014-2019
Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
Lexpert rating: Banking (including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law)
Lexpert rating: Corporate/Commercial
Lexpert rating: Directors and Officers Liability
Lexpert rating: Intellectual Property
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Corporate Commercial
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


Frequent presentations to professional associations and boards on effective governance, regulatory matters and professional discipline.