Jennifer M. Petryshen
Legal Assistant

Jennifer brings an essential set of skills to Cox & Palmer as the primary Knowledge & Research Lawyer.  She seamlessly takes on complex or unfamiliar/unique cases and uses methodical planning to firstly, completely understand the issue from every angle, then deep-dives with extensive research to prepare comprehensive and accurate legal opinions and submissions.

Jennifer mainly supports colleagues in the areas of Labour and Employment Law and Insurance Law, assisting other practice groups as required.  She exceeds clients’ needs by going above and beyond, using a unique “generalist” vantage point, which she credits to her diverse background in Law and Science.

Jennifer completed her education at Dalhousie University (B.Sc. (Hons.), Earth Sciences, 1997) and the University of New Brunswick Law School (JD, with Distinction, 2013). She was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 2014 after completing her articles at the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, under the supervision of the Honourable J. Ernest Drapeau, then Chief Justice of New Brunswick.


A notable career highlight: Jennifer led the reform of New Brunswick’s Mechanics’ Lien Act, carrying out extensive research and policy analysis, consulting with stakeholders, and working closely with legislative counsel to write the new Construction Remedies Act and regulations.

Having worked on high profile provincial cases, as well as submissions for Supreme Court and all levels of court in New Brunswick, should your case require in-depth research and analysis, Jennifer can lay a solid foundation for your legal team to get the results you need.


Bar Admission

  • New Brunswick (2014)

Law School

  • University of New Brunswick


  • University of New Brunswick – J.D., with Distinction (2013)
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology – Advanced Specialty Certificate, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2008)
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – Diploma, Nuclear Medicine Technology (2003)
  • Dalhousie University – B.Sc. (Hons.), Earth Sciences (1997)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Volunteer – Law Society of New Brunswick – Examining Committee
  • Member – Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia (P. Geo., retired)
  • Member – Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (RTNM, RTMR (non-practicing))
  • Member – New Brunswick Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (RTNM, RTMR (non-practicing))

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • Volunteer – Fredericton SPCA – Team Tiny (Special Needs Medical Fund)
  • Board of Directors – Fredericton SPCA
  • Board of Directors – St. Paul’s United Church
  • Volunteer – Friends of the Fredericton Public Library

Lectures & Presentations

  • Presenter – “Presumed Consent: An Option for Canadian Organ Donation” – Canadian Law Students Conference (March 2012)

Law Society Memberships

  • York-Sunbury Law Society
  • Law Society of New Brunswick
  • Canadian Bar Association


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