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Joseph F. Burke
Partner
BIO

Joe is a partner with Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office and practises primarily in the areas of insurance and general litigation. He currently leads our Insurance Litigation practice group. A proud native of St. Peter’s, Cape Breton, Joe joined the firm in 2006 after spending several years in private practice with a large firm, acting as in-house counsel for a major insurer and then working as an aide to a minister in the federal government. A resident of downtown Halifax, Joe is actively involved in his community and takes an interest in a variety of issues and organizations.

Experience

Through Joe’s insurance and litigation practice, he provides advice to major insurers, utilities, municipalities, and other commercial and institutional clients, appearing before all levels of court.  He routinely deals with all types of property and casualty claims, coverage issues, and other matters of strategic interest to the insurance industry. He has successfully negotiated numerous settlements both informally and through mediation.

BACKGROUND

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (2002)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University

Education

  • Mount Allison University (B.A. First Class Honours in History and Political Studies 1997)
  • Dalhousie University (M.P.A. and LL.B. 2001)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Environmental Services Association of Nova Scotia
  • Insurance Bureau of Canada Property & Casualty Panel

Activities Within Firm

  • Chair, Insurance Litigation Practice Group
  • Art in the Office project
  • Chair, Articling & Recruiting (Halifax office), 2010-2012

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • National Council, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace
  • Board of Directors, 2b Theatre Company
  • Steering Committee, AGNS Young Patrons’ Circle
  • Steering Committee, Halifax Stadium Analysis Project, 2011-2012
  • Past President, Halifax Citadel Liberal Association
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, Coverdale Centre
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, Halifax Community Learning Network
  • Past member of the Board of Directors, Destination Richmond

Lectures & Presentations

  • Numerous presentations to insurance industry groups on Nova Scotia’s minor injury legislation and other Insurance Act amendments, case law updates, Civil Procedure Rules, and other topics
  • HRM v. The Queen: Payments in Lieu of Taxes and the Halifax Citadel – presentation to CBA(NS) Municipal Law section
  • Getting the Jump on Coverage and Liability: A Review of 2013’s Most Notable Cases – webinar presentation to national CBA Insurance Law section
  • Stay Ahead of the Curve: 2014’s Most Notable Insurance Cases and Developments From Across Canada – webinar presentation to national CBA Insurance Law section
  • Payments in Lieu of Taxes and the Halifax Citadel:  The Latest (and Hopefully Final) Round – presentation to CBA(NS) Municipal Law section
  • What is a Car? – webinar presentation for Risk Management Counsel
  • Leading 2015 Insurance Cases and Developments from Across Canada – webinar presentation to national CBA Insurance Law section

Law Society Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
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