Proudfoot, Gordon F. Q.C.


  Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
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"I enjoy helping people resolve their legal problems. After more than 35 years at it, I still love what I do."

In the summer Gordon spends a lot of time with his family on the South Shore of Nova Scotia and in the winter months his interest is piqued by the history of hockey. He has done extensive historical research on hockey’s origins.

Gordon Proudfoot, Q.C. is one of our senior litigators with over three decades of experience in all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has a national reputation, having held Provincial & National leadership positions within the Canadian Bar Association.

Mr. Proudfoot has extensive Plaintiff and Defence Counsel experience on insurance, contruction, media, personal injury, professional negligence, property and commercial litigation matters with more than 130 reported cases. Gordon is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada, Current Edition.

EDUCATION

  • 1974: Bachelor of Business Administration, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 1978: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2003: Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

EMPLOYMENT

  • 2018 - Present: Counsel, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1982 – 2017: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1979 – 1982: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1978 – 1979: Read law with BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1975 – 1978: Broadcaster, CHNS, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1972 – 1975: Broadcaster, Annapolis Valley Radio, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

AWARDS & HONOURS

  • 2014-2017: Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® 
  • 2014: Honoured as one of Acadia University's 175 Distinguished Graduates
  • 2011: Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • 2010: Creator and Founder of the Summer Student Program - Canada Wide Recipient of the Lexpert Gold Zenith Award for Pro Bono Projects in 2010
  • 2004: Exceptional Alumni Volunteer Award, Acadia University
  • 2000: Canadian Bar Nova Scotia Distinguished Service Award
  • 1996: Recipient of the Commission of Queen's Counsel
  • 1996: Centennial Medal, Quebec Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • 1996: Honourary Life Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • 1990: Public Legal Education Award for the Dial-A-Law Project
  • 1984: Fellow, University of King's College
  • 1983: Honourary Member, Radio Television News Directions' Association

APPOINTMENTS

  • Queen's Counsel, June 1996

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Member - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member - Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member - Defence Research Institute
  • Member - Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
  • President - Canadian Bar Association (1995-1996)
  • Vice President - Canadian Bar Association (1994-1995)
  • National Fundraising Chair - Law For the Future Fund, Canadian Bar Association
  • Founder and Chairman - Nova Scotia Dial-a-Law Foundation
  • Member - American Arbitration Association
  • Member - Association of Arson Investigators Defense Research Institute
  • Former National Chair - Insurance Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Association of Arson Investigators Defense Research Institute
  • Former National Chair - Insurance Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • National Chair - Canadian Bar Association Insurance Law Section (1993-1994)
  • National Vice Chair - Legislation & Law Reform Committee (1992-1993)
  • Provincial CBA Co-Chair - Nova Scotia Insurance Section (1991-1992)
  • National Chair - Canadian Bar Committee on Crown Disclosure Guidelines (1989-1990)
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Council (1989-1990)
  • National Chair - CBA "Law for the Future Fund" (1988-1990)
  • Counsel - Canadian Bar Association at the Royal Commission on the Prosecution of Donald Marshall, Jr. (1988-1990)
  • Member National Executive - Canadian Bar Association (1987-1988)
  • National Chair - Canadian Bar National Resolutions Committee (1987-1989)
  • President - Nova Scotia Branch, Canadian Bar Association (1986-1987)
  • Member of Council and Discipline Committee - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (1986-1987)
  • Chair - CBA National Young Lawyers (1983-1984)
  • Member - National CBA Communication Committee (1982-1984)
  • Chairman - Nova Scotia Young Lawyers (1979 -1981)

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Chair, BOYNECLARKE LLP Pro Bono Law Day Project - the firm opens it's doors for three days to provide free legal advice (2014-Present)
  • President - Acadia Alumni Association (2000-2002)
  • Member - Board of Governors Acadia University (2000-2002)
  • Founder and Chair -  Ton of Tin Program – Nova Scotia law firms collected over 16 tons of tinned goods for Feed Nova Scotia (2003 to 2007)
  • Co-Chair - Brain Injury Association Charity Golf Classic (2000-2001)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author of “Dangers of Hockey Rinks”, article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, January 2011
  • Author of "Nova Scotia – Home of Hockey", article in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, January 5, 2003
  • Author of 100 Years of Public Service - A History of The Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Ottawa, 1997
  • Editor of Nova Scotia Annotated Limitation Periods, Craigieburn, Halifax, 1987 – 1996
  • Editor of Nova Scotia Young Lawyers Deskbook (Annual), Craigieburn, Halifax, 1987 - 1995
  • Author of Privacy Law and the Media in Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Donner Foundation, Toronto, 1984

PRESENTATIONS & ACADEMIC PAPERS

  • "Rambo Discovery Tactics and How to Handle Them" - Atlantic Trial Lawyers Annual Conference, Baddeck, NS, May 30, 2015
  • "Pro Bono in Nova Scotia Law Firms" - Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, March 27, 2015
  • "Rule 55 - Experts" - Presentation to CBA Nova Scotia Annual mid-winter meeting, January 31, 2013
  • "Insurance Adjusters and The Obligation to Disclose" - Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers' Association, Halifax, NS,  November 2, 2012
  • “Close But No Cap – Local Lessons and Experiences from Nova Scotia” Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • “A’s, B’s, C’s & D’s of Automobile Insurance”, November 7, 2008
  • “Managing a Section B Claim” APTLA, Halifax Conference, November 7, 2008
  • "Why No Change in Our Limitations Act is a Good Thing" Legislation and Law Reform Conference, CBA, Halifax, NS, Spring 2004
  • "Why No Fault Auto is a Bad Thing", Bridgewater Lions Club, July 9, 2003 and Liverpool Kiwansis Club, June 24, 2003
  • "Nova Scotia Home of Hockey – Fact or Folklore?" 2001
  • "Put It On Ice Conference", September 2001
  • "Opening Addresses to Civil Juries", Continuing Legal Education Society, Halifax, October 23, 1998
  • "Selection of Experts in Brain Injury Cases", Brain Injury Association, Continuing Legal Education Society, Halifax, March 27, 1998
  • "Occupier's Liability and Snow Removal Operations - The Law in Nova Scotia", Nova Scotia Association of Landscapers, Enfield, March 22, 1998
  • "New Age Billing", Canadian Bar Association 7th Annual Conference, Halifax, January 30, 1998
  • "Staying on Top of Litigation in the 1990's", Canadian Bar Association, November 21, 1997
  • "Adjusting to Change: A Lawyer's Perspective", National Convention of Canadian Independent Adjusters, Halifax, September 19, 1997
  • Address to the President's Dinner, Canadian Bar Association/Commonwealth Lawyers Association Convention, Law Courts Inn, Vancouver, August 23, 1997
  • "Too Many Lawyers?", Ontario County and Districts Law Presidents Association, Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto, November 8, 1996
  • "Address to Commonwealth Judges Association", Halifax, September 23, 1996
  • "Universal C.B.A. Membership", an address to the Federation of Law Societies, Winnipeg, August 24, 1996
  • Address to the American Association of Continuing Legal Education National Convention, Orlando, Florida, July 30, 1996
  • Address to the Bar of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, July 18, 1996
  • Address to the members of the Bar of Yukon Territory, July 16, 1996
  • Address to the Prince Edward Island Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Charlottetown, PEI, June 1996
  • Address to the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, Inverrary Inn, Baddeck, Nova Scotia, June 22, 1996
  • Address to the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Branch, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatoon, June 7, 1996
  • Address at the Canadian Bar/Supreme Court of Canada Dinner, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, May 31, 1996
  • "The Changing Face of the Legal Profession - The Future of Law Libraries", address to National Convention of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians, Ambassador Hotel, Kingston, Ontario, May 27, 1996
  • "The Future of Canada", address to Quebec Bar 100th Anniversary Awards Dinner, Montréal, Quebec, April 25, 1996
  • Address to Law Day Dinner, Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, April 17, 1996
  • "The Future of Our Profession", address to the American College of Trial Lawyers, La Paloma Westin, Tuscon, Arizona, March 8, 1996
  • "Turning Points in the Profession", Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland, February 15, 1996
  • Address to the Federal-Provincial Territorial Meeting of Officials on Legal Aid Funding, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Quebec, February 13, 1996
  • Address to the New Brunswick Bar, Howard Johnson Hotel, Edmundston, New Brunswick, February 10, 1996
  • "Future of the Profession", British Columbia/Alberta Branch - Canadian Bar Association, Banff Springs Hotel, February 2, 1996
  • Address to the President's Dinner, Canadian Bar Ontario, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, November 29, 1995
  • "The Canadian Bar and the Canadian Tax Foundation - 50th Anniversary", Royal York Hotel, Toronto, November 27, 1995
  • "Your Future Career", address to Dalhousie Law Students Society, Dalhousie Law School, November 2, 1995
  • "Young Lawyers in the Profession", address to Young Lawyers Conference, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Quebec, October 14, 1995
  • "Address to the Opening of the Law Courts", Palais de Justice, Montréal, Quebec, September 7, 1995
  • Presidential-Elect Address to Convention Delegates, Canadian Bar Association National Convention Young Lawyers Lunch, Winnipeg Manitoba, August 23, 1995
  • Address to members of the Law Society of England and Wales in the Great Room, Law Society, Chancery Lane, London, England, May 28, 1995
  • "Liabilities of Fire Departments in the 1990's", Guest Speaker, Nova Scotia Chapter of the International Fire Fighters, Stewiacke, N.S., January, 1992
  • "Insurance Issues & the Law", Guest Speaker, Wellington Insurance Company, Truro, N.S., March, 1991
  • "Liability & Municipal Fire Departments", Guest Speaker, Canadian Fire Chiefs' Association, National Convention, Halifax, June 1991
  • "Administration of Justice in Nova Scotia", Guest Speaker, Canadian Association of Journalists, University of Kings College, 1991
  • "Freedom of Information", Guest Speaker, Canadian Association of Journalists, University of Kings College, 1990
  • "SEF 44, Excess Liabilities and Bad Faith", Continuing Legal Education Society, 1989
  • "Crown Disclosure - After the Royal Commission on Donald Marshall, Jr.", Guest Speaker, Annual Alberta Prosecutors Conference, Lethbridge, Alberta, Spring 1988
  • "Crown Disclosure", Nova Scotia Branch of Canadian Bar Association submission to Royal Commission of the Prosecution of Donald Marshall, Jr., 1987
  • "Journalism & the Law", Guest Speaker, Radio Television News Directors' Association, Sydney, N.S. 1987
  • "Defamation & the Media", Guest Speaker, ATV/CJCH, Halifax, N.S. 1986
  • "Media Law Issues", Guest Speaker, Annapolis Valley Media, Kentville, N.S. 1985
  • "Reporting on Criminal & Civil Trials", Guest Speaker Canadian Bar Association's National Media and the Law Series, Halifax, 1985
  • "Defamation & Media", Guest Speaker, Radio Television News Directors' Association, Atlantic Meeting, Halifax, 1983
  • "Legal Issues in the Media", Guest Speaker, Halifax Press Club, Halifax, 1982
  • "Search Warrants - It's the Police - Open Up", Canadian Bar Association National Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1980
  • "A Survey of Provincial Legislation Related to the Disabled", Co-Ordinator for Atlantic Canadian Contributors, National Young Lawyers Section, Canadian Bar Association, 1979

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