Paul Festeryga, QC


“I provide tax advice and I like to get to the point.”

A leading tax PROFESSIONAL.

Taxes are one of life’s certainties (and one of the most complex things to understand). That’s why it’s a matter which requires having the best advice possible. Firms including national and multinational public companies, as well as small and large family-owned enterprises come to Paul for his broad experience in this field. He provides advice on a wide range of tax matters, including:
  • Cross-border restructuring
  • Financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Personal and estate planning
  • Tax audit representations

Representative matters

With 27 years of experience, Paul is sought out for his knowledge in tax, corporate tax, estate planning and litigation, tax litigation and owner-managed businesses. Some of Paul’s current and past clients do business in the following industries:

  • Telecommunications
  • Property management
  • Tire manufacturing
  • Investment holdings
  • Food retailing
  • Food production

Areas of practice

  • Corporate Tax
  • Estate Planning & Litigation
  • Litigation – Tax
  • Owner – Managed Business


Nova Scotia, 1988


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.M., 1987
Queen’s University, LL.B., 1985
Carleton University, B.A., 1982




  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Firm practice group leader, Tax, Estates & Trusts, Stewart McKelvey
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Planners
  • Member, Editorial Board, Canadian Tax Journal
  • Member, Income Trusts, The Uniform Law Conference of Canada Committee
  • Past member, Carleton University President’s Advisory Panel
  • Member and past governor, Canadian Tax Foundation




Estate and Personal Tax Planning / Estate Litigation


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  • Best Lawyers 2016 Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Recipient, Lexpert Zenith Award, 2014
  • Best Lawyers 2014 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2012 Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers: Tax Law, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Trusts and Estates, 2006, 2008-2018


  • “Corporate Attribution: The “Anti-Freeze” Rule”, (2010) vol. 58, no.3 Canadian Tax Journal 675-96, 2010
  • “New Dividend Tax Regime”, Senior Estates and Trusts Practitioners Forum, 2007
  • “Amalgamations and Wind-Ups - Tax Planning Considerations Relating to Corporate and Partnership Amalgamations and Wind-Ups”, 58th Annual Tax Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation, 2006
  • “Nova Scotia Unlimited Companies”, 2004 Lexpert/ American Lawyer Media (2004): 64-67, 2004
  • “Discussion- Debt Forgiveness”, 56th Annual Tax Conference for the Canadian Tax Foundation, 2004
  • "Current Cases," Canadian Tax Journal vol. 49, no. 2 (2001): 368-381, 2001
  • “Nova Scotia Unlimited Liability Companies: What Are They and How Do They Work?”, Report of Proceedings of the Fiftieth Tax Conference, 1998 Conference Report vol. 17: 1-28, 1999

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3302
F 902.420.1417

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