Mick Ryan, 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, 1972; New Brunswick, 2008

Mick works with clients on a broad range of issues, including corporate and commercial disputes over shareholders, minority oppression claims, insurance coverage, complicated tax matters, property disputes, family matters, trust disputes, construction law disputes, employment disputes and all other forms of litigation. He has represented provincial, national and international corporations, as well as former Canadian Prime Ministers. Mick’s clients include:

  • Construction companies
  • Developers
  • Manufacturers
  • Insurance companies
  • Lawyers and law firms
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Philanthropists
  • Brokerage houses, banks and other financial institutions

Education & Career


University of London, LLM, 1972
Dalhousie University, LLB, 1971
Saint Mary’s University, BComm, 1969


Member, Canadian Bar Association

Other law society memberships:

  • Pro Hac Vice, California, United States of America
  • Pro Hac Vice, Georgia, United States of America

Chair, CBA International Development Commmittee, 2012 to present


Queen’s Counsel, 1988
Best Lawyers 2016 Director and Officer Liability Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Best Lawyers: Construction Law, 2006, 2008 – 2019
Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2011 – 2019
Best Lawyers: Director and Officer Liability, 2012 – 2019
Best Lawyers: Insurance Law, 2008 – 2010, 2012 – 2019
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012, 2014 – 2016 (Construction)
Lawyer Monthly, Canadian Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Professional Liability), 2012 – 2014
Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Insurance, Professional Liability), 2015, 2017 – 2018
Recipient of Canadian Bar Association’s Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence, 2015
Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Insurance, Personal Injury, Professional Liability), 2016
Lexpert rating: Construction Law
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Corporate Commercial
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®