Kevin is the former Managing Partner of Cox & Palmer, Halifax (2012-2018) and served as Transition Co-ordinator for the Windsor / West Hants consolidation project (2018-2020).
Kevin has worked for more than 30 years with government, business and public administration on matters related to local governance, land use planning and regulatory issues. He has written and spoken extensively on issues facing municipal governments and those who deal with municipal governments. He has championed the idea that Nova Scotia’s municipalities need to constantly look for new constructs within their own organizations in the interests of making service delivery more efficient while building investor confidence in the jurisdiction’s future prosperity.
Kevin is both creative and pragmatic, attributes that are often key to addressing what otherwise may appear to be intractable problems.
Kevin leads Cox & Palmer’s municipal law group. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for his practice in Labour & Employment Law, Administrative and Public Law, and Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Kevin was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004.
As a senior business leader, Kevin has direct experience in strategic planning, financial systems and reporting, management information systems, organization studies, operational reviews, project evaluations, executive searches, mergers, acquisitions, business plans and as a trusted advisor to clients. His experience is broad, serving a wide range of business and industry, governments, not-for-profit organizations, universities and associations.
- In May 2020, Kevin was appointed lead negotiator for the three Cumberland municipalities in a transaction involving a private operator purchasing the region’s solid waste management system;
- In December 2020, he was appointed interim solicitor for the Municipality of the County of Annapolis to help sort out a variety of challenges and claims related to activities of the former administration;
- As Transition Co-ordinator for the Windsor / West Hants consolidation project (2018-2020), Kevin had responsibility to facilitate an effective and efficient consolidation of the Town of Windsor and the Municipality of the District of West Hants. This required working not only with the Co-ordinating Committee (comprised of the Warden, Deputy Warden, Mayor and Deputy Mayor), but also working with the respective councils and communities in the consolidated area. This experience reinforced for Kevin that mergers present not only opportunities for streamlining but also opportunities for growth made possible by the merged municipality’s enhanced capacity;
- Counsel to the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) – providing advice on governance, legislative and other important issues facing local governments in Nova Scotia;
- Halifax Water – advice and representation on litigation, regulatory and infrastructure cost-recovery issues; and
- Regularly advise numerous Nova Scotia municipalities and utilities on a range of governance, land use planning, development, regulatory and infrastructure issues.
- Kevin has a diverse civil litigation practice including commercial disputes, insurance coverage, tort and contract claims. Recent retainers include representing a regional municipality in an arbitration to enforce a settlement agreement with a major service provider; representing a national restaurateur in a franchise dispute; and advising a Nova Scotia steel manufacturer on a claim for business losses resulting from a foundry fire.
- Nova Scotia (1985)
- Dalhousie University
- Mount Allison University (BA, 1979)
- Carleton University (MA, 1981)
- Dalhousie University (LLB, 1984)
- Harvard Business School (“Leading Professional Services Firms 2013”)
Professional Activities & Affiliations
- Former Member, Halifax Chamber of Commerce- Municipal Government Affairs Committee
Activities Within Firm
- Managing Partner, Halifax office (2013 – 2018)
- Member, Regional Board of Directors
- Chair, Municipal Development Group
Community & Volunteer Activities
- Chair, Board of Directors, National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2020 – )
- Governor, Pine Hill Divinity Hall and Atlantic School of Theology
- Board of Directors, National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2015 -)
- Organizing Committee Member, Gallivan CF Golf Tournament
- Former Governor, NSCAD University
- Former Director, Greater Halifax Partnership
Lectures & Presentations
Canadian Bar Association Subsection NS Utility and Review Board Planning Appeals – Practice and Procedure (May 2019)
Law Society Memberships
- Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Shifting the Waste Burden: Municipalities to Producers
- Municipal Planning Appeals: Defying the Odds
- 10 Certain Steps to Better Municipal Council Meetings
- Nova Scotia restructuring facilitates economic growth, better services.
- Nova Scotia Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation
- Cannabis Legalization: High Time for Municipal Regulation
- Municipal Conflict of Interest Workshop
- Ontario’s New “Deferential” Approach to Planning Appeals – Lessons from Nova Scotia
- Municipal Planning Appeals: Know the Odds
- Moot Gets the Boot: NSUARB Mootness Decision
- Cannabis Legalization: Weeding Out the Regulations
- “So You Think You Can Dance?” Footwork for Elected Municipal Officials
- The CAO and Council – Leading Down, Out and Up
- The “Wells Report” on Municipal Ethics Systems: Window Dressing or Institutional Fabric?
- Truth or Consequences: Municipal Governance for the 21st Century
- “What We Heard” Report: Province Consults Public, Municipalities and Stakeholders about Future Solid Waste Management Strategy and Regulations
- Quarry Quandary - Case Comment
- Calkin v. Dauphinee, 2014 NSSC 452 - Case Comment