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David Miller, 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, 1973

Legal Assistant(s): Darlene Blanchard

Highly respected by his clients and peers, David is often ranked by his peers as a leading Canadian lawyer. As a result, in addition to an active practice, he often writes about and speaks at conferences on matters relating to the fields of construction, personal injury, insurance and media law.

David Miller has conducted a large and broad ranging litigation practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation, insurance litigation, and tort and personal injury litigation. He has acted as counsel in some of the largest, most complex and lengthy litigation in the Province.

His advocacy experience includes representation of clients before:

  • all levels of Courts in Nova Scotia including Provincial, Family and Small Claims Courts, County Court and Supreme Court in all 18 counties of Nova Scotia, the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. His experience also includes private arbitrations, including the successful conduct of an arbitration on behalf of a Nova Scotia corporation before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Peoples’ Republic of China, Beijing;
  • administrative tribunals including Assessment Appeal Courts in all Assessment Regions of Nova Scotia, the Municipal Board, the Public Utilities Board, the Planning Appeal Board, the Labour Standards Tribunal, the Utilities and Review Board and the Tax Court of Canada and;
  • Professional Discipline bodies.

David also has extensive experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution, particularly mediation. He has also acted as a Mediator. David has sat as Boards of Inquiry under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act on several occasions. He has also acted as an expert witness on Nova Scotia law and practice.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1973
University of Waterloo, B.A., 1970


Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Member, Lunenburg County Barristers’ Association
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Part-Time Lecturer in Civil Trial Practice, Dalhousie Law School
Lecturer, Nova Scotia Barristers Society Bar Admission Course
Instructor, Fire Investigation, Level III, Canadian Fire School
Faculty Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, University of Moncton


Queen’s Counsel, 1991
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1999
Lee Samis Award of Excellence, Canadian Defence Lawyers, 2003
LEXPERT, Who’s Who in Litigation, July/August 2002
LEXPERT, Guide to the Leading 100 Canada/US Cross-Border Litigators in Canada, 2005
LEXPERT, Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, 2009
LEXPERT / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 1999, 2003-2007, 2009
LEXPERT, Special Edition, Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, December 2013
Best Lawyers 2019 Product Liability Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2016 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2015 Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers 2014 Product Liability Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers’ 2013 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers’ 2012 Corporate and Commercial Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers’ 2011 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers’ 2009 Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers: Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Insurance Law, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Personal Injury Litigation, 2006, 2008-2020
Best Lawyers: Product Liability Law, 2006, 2008-2020
Benchmark Canada, local litigation star
Lexpert rating: Personal Injury
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Commercial Insurance
Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent® (highest peer rating)


David Miller has participated in numerous panels for continuing legal education programs for the practising bar and outside organizations including the insurance industry, fire investigators and other professional groups. He has authored and presented numerous papers on litigation-related matters for the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia, Canadian Bar Association, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He has participated in numerous presentations on diverse subject areas.

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