Nicole Heelan
Legal Assistant

Nicole is an associate in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer.  She practices in the areas of employment and labour, workplace investigations, administrative law and professional regulation.  She is also a member of our litigation team.

Before obtaining her law degree at the University of New Brunswick, Nicole completed her Masters degree in French Studies at Western.  With client service a top priority, she offers legal counsel in both official languages.


Nicole has appeared before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, as well as before various arbitral tribunals on a variety of employment, labour, regulatory, and administrative matters.

Her experience includes wrongful dismissal lawsuits, judicial review applications, governance issues, drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, occupational health & safety, and policies and termination agreements.

Nicole also completed a judicial internship at the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in 2015.


Bar Admission

Nova Scotia (2017)

Law School

  • University of New Brunswick


  • University of New Brunswick (JD, 2016)
  • University of Western Ontario (MA, French Studies, 2013)
  • Acadia University (BA, French, 2011)
  • Human Resources Professionals Association: Workplace Investigations Training and Certificate (2019)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Secretary to the Board of Directors, Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy (2018 -)
  • Legal Volunteer, East Coast Prison Justice (2018 -)
  • Volunteer, Nova Scotia Courts Free Legal Clinic (2017-)
  • Board Member, Kingsburg Coastal Conservancy (2017 – 2018)

Law Society Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • English
  • French