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BIO

Melissa is an associate practising in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution with experience representing clients on a variety of procedural, interlocutory and substantive matters across a broad range of commercial and civil matters, including in the areas of estates and trusts, environmental and regulatory issues, employment law as well as insurance claims.

Melissa has particular expertise in representing beneficiaries, trustees and executors (including government agencies and corporate trustees and executors) on will challenges, contested passings of accounts and breach of trust claims. Melissa also provides counsel to trustees and executors in the administration of trusts and estates.

Melissa graduated from the Schulich School of Law in 2013 where she was a recipient of the Schulich Scholarship, an active member of student government and an editor of the Dalhousie Law Journal. During the summer of 2011, Melissa completed the Global Law Program through Queen’s University with a specialization in International Public Law. Prior to her return home to Newfoundland, Melissa gained three years of practice experience at an international law firm in Toronto.

BACKGROUND

Bar Admission

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (2017)
  • Ontario (2014)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

Education

  • Dalhousie Schulich School of Law (JD., Law 2013)
  • Bader International Study Centre, Global Law Program, International Public Law
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (Bachelor of Music, 2007)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch

Law Society Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
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