About Melanie

Melanie has a growing practice in commercial, construction, environmental and energy litigation. She earned her Juris Doctor at Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, with a specialization in Environmental Law. During her time in law school, Melanie enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for the College of Sustainability and as an editor of The Weldon Times. She was also the recipient of a Schulich Scholarship in Law, the Boyne Clarke Prize, as well as the Roman Elster Innovation Award in Intellectual Property.

Melanie is dedicated to helping clients advance their interests by providing exceptional client service. She adopts a collaborative approach to legal problem-solving, applying her knowledge and advocacy skills to ensure that clients always receive the most effective and practical solutions to their legal issues.

In December 2021, Melanie successfully completed the Osgoode Certificate in ESG, Climate Risk & The Law, through the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

In her spare time, Melanie pursues music, fiction writing, and various outdoor activities. Melanie has also played competitive soccer for 15 years. She applies the same work ethic and teamwork in her law practice as she does in sport.

Papers & Presentations
Gillis, M., & MacDuff, J. (2020). When Climate and Construction Collide: How Net Zero Legislation Might Be Used to Challenge High-Emitting Infrastructure Projects. Energy Regulation Quarterly, 8(4).


  • B.A. (Political Science and Sustainability), Dalhousie University (2013)
  • J.D., Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (2017)


  • English