Tom is counsel in Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office practising in the area of commercial litigation.  He also works in the area of health law and medical defence, including acting as counsel to the Canadian Medical Protective Association and its member physicians.  Tom is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie Law School and served as a clerk in the Supreme Court of Canada with Justice Ritchie.  Prior to entering law school, he taught school in India and served as Deputy Director of Canadian Crossroads International.

Throughout his practice, Tom has been involved with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and is former Chair of the Barristers’ Committee which developed comprehensive Civil Procedure Rule amendments in consultation with the Nova Scotia Judiciary.


Recent retainers have involved:

  • disputes regarding executive employment and termination
  • securities disclosure requirements
  • evaluation of construction claims
  • privacy issues
  • fiduciary obligations
  • engineering issues regarding civil, petroleum and electrical design matters
  • challenges to expert medical opinions in the areas of obstetrics, anesthesia, and surgery
  • representation in professional discipline matters

Queen's Counsel

  • 1998

Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (1979)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University


  • St. Francis Xavier University (BA, 1972)
  • Dalhousie Law School (LLB, 1978)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Canadian Defence Lawyers’ Association
  • US-based Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • Litigation support organizations
  • Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)

Community & Volunteer Activities

  • Canadian Crossroads International, Deputy Director
  • Halifax YMCA
  • Hong Kong Canada Business Association
  • JazzEast Rising Association
  • Laing House Association

Lectures & Presentations

Tom is a frequent lecturer at legal and business conferences, most recently on topics related to digital disclosure, electronic discovery, electronic medical records and digital case management strategies.

Law Society Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


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