About Melanie

Melanie’s practice focuses on working with insurance clients, as well as self-insured organizations and adjusting companies. She has extensive experience resolving casualty claims, including injury, fatality and abuse claims. Melanie has also effectively managed and resolved claims relating to commercial, property, professional liability, product liability, and life and disability matters. In addition to her insurance work, Melanie regularly assists professional regulatory bodies address policy, registration and discipline issues.

Melanie has been involved in cases at all levels of adjudication, including Nova Scotia Supreme Court–Trial Division and Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also has developed a keen interest and skills in alternative dispute resolution, including mediations, arbitrations and settlement conferences. She is a Harvard trained mediator.

Melanie is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Defence Lawyers. She is past Chair of the CBA Insurance Law Section of Nova Scotia. She is also a competitive curler and has represented Nova Scotia in national competitions, including the Canada Cup, the 2005 Mixed National, and the 2011 and 2012 Scotties.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Repeatedly Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Litigation - Commercial Insurance and Personal Injury (Represents Defendants) (most recently in 2024)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® Canada for his practice in Administrative and Public Law (since 2022), Class Action Litigation (since 2024), Insurance Law (since 2012) and Personal Injury Litigation (since 2019)

Appointments & Community Involvement

  • Former Chair of the Lunenburg Academy Foundation, 2018-2022


  • LL.B. (Dean's List), University of New Brunswick (1998)
  • B.A. (Dean's List and University Scholar), Acadia University (1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (1999)


  • English