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John Shanks


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 1998

Legal Assistant(s): Dawnelle Medley-Forde

John’s clients often come to him knowing the problems they are facing, but they are unsure of how to resolve them. Working with a diverse group of clients including municipalities, district health authorities, property owners, insurers, small business owners and firms in the construction industry, some of the ways John has helped his clients are by:

  • Representing municipalities in the interpretation of a school board funding agreement.
  • Representing both landowners and expropriating authorities in expropriations and compensation claims.
  • Representing both estates and beneficiaries in contested estate and proof of wills litigations.
  • Representing clients in contractual and other business disputes, including builders’ liens and shareholders disagreements.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, LLB, 1997
Acadia University, BA (honours), 1994


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, West Hants Minor Hockey Association, 2006 – present
Member, Oversight Committee, Annapolis Valley School Board
West Hants Middle School renovator, 2009 – 2010
Member, West Hants Planning Advisory Committee, 2002 – 2008
Professor, Civil Trial Practice, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Coach, West Hants United Soccer Association, 2007 – present
Member of organizing committee, 2012 banton boys eastern Canadian fast pitch championship

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