Michelle M. Kelly
Legal Assistant

Michelle is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer.  Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Michelle completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen’s University and received her Law Degree from the University of New Brunswick. Michelle is fully bilingual in English and French.


Michelle’s practice focuses primarily on insurance defence work, as well as property and construction litigation. She has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia and has been involved in many successful mediations and commercial arbitrations.

With respect to insurance defence work, Michelle was successful in having the Court of Appeal uphold a Supreme Court trial ruling limiting general damages under the Minor Injury Legislation in Nova Scotia and recently litigated one of the first disclosure motions dealing with a Facebook user’s usage history.  In that case, the judge determined usage history is relevant to personal injury litigation in certain circumstances and ordered disclosure.

Michelle is the Chair of The Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women consisting of advisory bodies from across the country dedicated to advancing women’s issues within their individual regions but who come together in the interest of women on a national level.


Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (2004)

Law School

  • University of New Brunswick


  • Queen’s University (B.A. 2000)
  • University of New Brunswick (LL.B. 2003)

Activities Within Firm

  • Halifax Executive Committee Member (2014 – 2016)
  • Halifax Finance Partner (2015 – 2016)

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • The Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women – Chair (2017 – )
  • NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women – Chair (2017 – )
  • Alice Housing Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Volunteer Lawyer, reachAbility

Law Society Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


  • English