Marjorie Hickey, Lawyer at McInnes Cooper, Halifax

Marjorie A. Hickey, KC

Deputy Managing Partner

About Marjorie

Marjorie has a varied litigation and administrative law practice with a focus on regulatory and liability issues for professionals. As legal counsel to the regulators of many professions, she provides assistance in various capacities, including the investigation of complaints and the prosecution of disciplinary matters.  She also chairs adjudicative panels for discipline matters and acts as defence counsel for professionals. She appears before all levels of court in Nova Scotia and before administrative tribunals.

In her work for professional regulators, Marjorie has provided innovative solutions to disciplinary and other regulatory matters, and is resolution oriented. She has assisted regulators in drafting legislation and bylaws concerning their regulatory functions, including designing investigative and disciplinary processes that provide flexible and fair procedures for respondents, witnesses and the regulators. She provides training and strategic policy and operational advice for self-governing organizations, ensuring their public interest mandate is always at the forefront. She is a frequent lecturer on matters involving the regulation of professionals.

Marjorie is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, where she served as President in 2010-2011. She remains active as a volunteer on Bar Society committees.

Marjorie is a retired Commander in the Naval Reserve, having served 35 years in various positions, including the Regional Coordinator of Naval Reserve Units in Atlantic Canada and past Commanding Officer of HMCS SCOTIAN. She is a past Chair of Commissionaires Nova Scotia’s Board of Governors, and formerly sat on the Minister of National Defence’s Advisory Board on Gender Integration and Employment Equity in the Canadian Forces. Marjorie is also Chair of the Governance Committee on the board of Commissionaires Canada. In 2021 she was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for her leadership and expertise in assisting the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in ensuring  good governance and fostering diversity and inclusion.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Named Best Lawyers® Legal Malpractice Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax for 2024
  • Named Best Lawyers® Administrative and Public Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax for 2024
  • Named Best Lawyers® Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax (2022, 2023)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® Canada for her practice in Administrative and Public Law (since 2012), Health Care Law (since 2014) and Legal Malpractice (since 2006)
  • Repeatedly Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Litigation - Directors' & Officers Liability and Professional Liability (most recently in 2024)
  • Listed as Provincial Litigation Star under Professional Liability Law in Benchmark Litigation Canada
  • Previously featured in the Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Received the NS Barristers’ Society Distinguished Service Award (2013)
  • Received Lexpert’s Zenith Award (2009)
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2009)

Appointments & Community Involvement

  • Deputy Managing Partner, McInnes Cooper
  • Chair of the Governance Committee of Commissionaires Canada
  • Past Chair of the Board of Commissionaires Nova Scotia, 2018-2020


  • LL.B., Dalhousie University (1981)
  • B.A., Saint Mary's University (1978)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (1982)


  • English