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BIO

Michelle is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer and practices in the complex commercial litigation group as well as the insurance defence group.  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.

Experience

Michelle’s practice focuses primarily on contract disputes, property litigation, construction litigation, personal injury defence, commercial claims, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims. She also has experience in expropriation cases having worked for both the expropriating authority and the land owner. 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 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.

BACKGROUND

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (2004)

Law School

  • University of New Brunswick

Education

  • Queen’s University (BA, 2000)
  • University of New Brunswick (LLB, 2003)

Activities Within Firm

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

Community & Volunteer Activities

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

Law Society Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association

Languages

  • English
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