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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, Order of Canada
Governor, Lifesaving Society New Brunswick
Trademark agent
Former Chair, Plan International Inc.


Queen’s Counsel, 2006
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2012-2020
Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law, 2012, 2014-2020
Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
Lexpert rating: Banking &  Financial Institutions, 2020
Lexpert rating: Corporate Commercial Law, 2020
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, 2020
Lexpert rating: Intellectual Property, 2020
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Corporate Commercial, 2020
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


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

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