Kevin is a trusted advisor to business and public sector clients. His practice focuses on civil litigation, employment & labour, municipal law, land development and regulatory matters. Kevin is Managing Partner of Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office, ensuring the provision of top quality client service, and also serves on the firm’s regional leadership team.
Kevin was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 for his practice in Labour & Employment Law, Administrative and Public Law, and Corporate and Commercial Litigation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYOC).
Kevin has a diverse civil litigation practise 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.
Kevin’s labour and employment experience includes representation in grievance and disciplinary proceedings before administrative tribunals and the courts. He has a particular interest in wrongful dismissal and the enforcement of non-solicitation, non-competition and confidentiality clauses. He lectured in Employment Law at the Schulich School of Law (formerly Dalhousie Law School).
Kevin is head of the firm’s Municipal Law Group. His expertise includes land use planning and development, by-law challenges, conflict of interest, municipal contract and liability issues. His work includes drafting by-laws, municipal service agreements, recovery of capital cost charges and the regulation of water, waste water and solid waste management services. Kevin is lead counsel to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and advises individual units and shared services agencies on the MGA and other legislation governing municipal authority and action.
- Nova Scotia (1985)
- Dalhousie University
- Mount Allison University (B.A. 1979)
- Carleton University (M.A. 1981)
- Dalhousie University (LL.B. 1984)
- Harvard Business School (“Leading Professional Services Firms 2013”)
Professional Activities & Affiliations
- Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Government Affairs Committee (former member)
Activities Within Firm
- Managing Partner, Halifax office (2013 – present)
- Member, Regional Board of Directors
- Chair, Municipal Development Group
Community & Volunteer Activities
- Pine Hill Divinity Hall and Atlantic School of Theology (AST) (Governor)
- National Youth Orchestra of Canada – Board of Directors (2015 – present)
- Gallivan CF Golf Tournament (Organizing Committee)
- NSCAD University (former Governor)
- Greater Halifax Partnership (former Director)
Law Society Memberships
- Canadian Bar Association
- Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
- 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