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Jennifer Taylor

Research Lawyer

Suite 900, Purdy’s Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water St.
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 3N2



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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Ontario, 2010; Nova Scotia, 2013

Legal Assistant(s): Heidi Butler

Complex legal questions require comprehensive research. Focusing on strategy, Jennifer unearths the legal principles needed to make informed decisions. From reading old English case reports to using the latest online legal research technology, she will leave no stone unturned in an effort to support colleagues and meet clients’ needs.

Jennifer conducts in-depth legal research and drafts legal memos, opinions, briefs and factums in all areas of law. Her work aims to advance clients’ interests as effectively and efficiently as possible by turning complex legal problems into practical advice. Particular areas of focus and interest include constitutional law, professional regulation and administrative law, insurance defence and class actions. She enjoys working in teams and providing strategic advice in addition to her legal research and writing, and often writes client updates and articles on recent developments in the law.

Education & Career


Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University – Certificate in Fundamentals of Aboriginal Law, 2015
University of Cambridge, Master of Law, 2011
Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 2008
Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in History and Political Science, 2005


Chair, Halifax Dance Board of Directors
Chair, Young Lawyers Section, Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia
Member at Large, CBA Women Lawyers Forum
Mentor, Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association
Organizing Committee Member, 2019 CBA Leadership Conference for Professional Women
Member, Heart of Dartmouth Refugee Sponsorship Group
Various activities, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eastern Passage

Thought Leadership


Creator and writer, Stewart McKelvey’s Civil Litigation Blog, Bench Press

Contributor, The Lawyer’s Daily

Co-author with Sadira Jan, “The Boundaries of Discretion: Recent Developments in Fisheries Law” (April 2017), paper prepared for the 2017 CMLA/NJI Seminar on Developments in Maritime Law

“Minding the Gap: Why and How Nova Scotia Should Enact a New Cyber-safety Act”, Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, June 2016

Co-author, “An Unfinished Dance: The Steps Needed to Complete the Summary of Judgement Culture Shift”, Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2015

Accommodation: The interplay between “frustration” and “undue hardship”, Stewart McKelvey’s HR Law Blog

February 18, 2014


Numerous in-house presentations at Stewart McKelvey

Co-lectured on Aboriginal Law in Energy Law course (October 2017 & November 2016), Schulich School of Law

Presented to high school law students on consent for CBA Law Day, May 2017

Co-facilitated workshop on consent called “Only Yes Means Yes” for LEAF Halifax at MSVU Girls Conference, March 2017

Presented at CBA-NS Mid-Winter Conference on “Staying Current with the Law”, February 2017

Presented to CBA-NS Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section on cyber-bullying law reform from a feminist perspective, November 2016

Co-created video tutorial on civil appeals for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Summer 2016

Presented to CBA-NS Insurance Law Section on Supreme Court of Canada leave applications, May 2016

Presented to paralegal students at Nova Scotia Community College (access to criminal justice: April 2016; the law of equality: April 2015)

Presented to CBA-NS Young Lawyers Section, “Tricks For Your Treasure Hunt: A Refresher on Legal Research Methods”, September 2015

Presented to paralegal students at Eastern College on “Legal Research Methods and Strategies”, July 2015

Co-presented to the CBA-NS Insurance Law Section on motions for assessment of damages following Section D settlements, June 2015

Organized and moderated panel on “Advancing Economic Development Goals through Litigation” at CBA National Aboriginal Law Conference 2015, June 2015

Lectured on Aboriginal Law in Sadira Jan’s Fisheries class (February 2017 & February 2016), Schulich School of Law

Co-presented at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society 2015 and 2014 annual meetings on “Legal research: Staying in control, on budget, and in the know”, June 2015; June 2014

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