Alan is one of the most prominent litigation lawyers in Atlantic Canada. A native of Toronto, Alan completed his higher education at the University of Toronto (B.A., 1970; J.D.,1973) and at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand (LL.M., 1975). He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1974 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1997.
Alan’s preferred areas of practice are complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, media law and disability insurance. Alan’s practice has involved appearances in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Alan has also appeared frequently in the Supreme Courts and Courts of Appeal in the other Atlantic Provinces.
Alan has been a regular speaker at a variety of professional development conferences over the last two decades: “Long Term Disability Benefits” for the CBA, “Guarding against unfair Competition: A Look at the Two Sides of Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Contracts and Severance Agreements” at an Insight Conference in Halifax, “Legal Liability of Stockbrokers” for the Canadian Bar Association Annual Update Lectures in Halifax, “Recent Developments in the Law of Defamation” for the Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia, “Fiduciary Duties of Stockbrokers” for Scotia McLeod, ” The Law of Contempt After Deganais” for the National Media Law Conference, “Procedural Issues in Defamation Cases”, at a CBA National Media Conference. He lectured in media law for several years at Dalhousie Law School and at one time authored the law school’s case book on that subject.
Alan’s community involvement has been impressive and has covered a wide array of interests and organizations. He has been the president of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, president of the Canadian Media Lawyers Association, and president of the Halifax Club. He has served as Secretary of the Liberal Party of Canada, chair of the Public Consultation Committee for the review of the new Environment Act proclaimed by the province in 1995, chairman of the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation, director of the Ashburn Golf Club, director of the Nova Centre for the Performing Arts, member of the Nova Scotia Round Table Conference on the Economy and the Environment, vice-chair of the Lunenburg Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital and president of the Lunenburg Heritage Society.
Alan has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in the fields of corporate/commercial litigation and media and defamation law. Alan has been listed in L’Expert as consistently recommended in defamation and media litigation and repeatedly recommended in corporate/commercial litigation.
Alan’s recreational activities include golf and a variety of other sports, farming, antiques and a vintage TR-6.