Christa Brothers, QC

Partner

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

WORKING TOGETHER FOR BETTER RESULTS.

There is a common thread among all Christa’s clients. They want efficient, cost-effective solutions and she collaborates with them to provide the level of service—and results—they require. Whether it is through a negotiated settlement or trial, she works tirelessly to obtain excellent results for all of her clients. 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Christa works with insurers, construction companies, investment firms, and both local and multinational companies on a wide variety of issues.  Examples of her work include: 
  • Appointed pursuant to section 63(3) of the Judges Act to serve on an Inquiry Committee in relation to a Canadian Judicial Council matter.
  • Successfully defending the inventors of Trivial Pursuit against a claim it had been invented by others. 
  • Successfully defending a constitutional challenge to the minor injury regulations – “the cap”.  
  • Defending a multinational company in a multimillion dollar recoupment action.
  • Representing a large construction company in a defect claim.
  • Representing a large engineering firm in a contract and negligence claim.

Areas of practice

  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Litigation – Corporate / Commercial
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation – Commercial Insurance
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Class Actions
  • Litigation – Class Actions

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Nova Scotia, 1997

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

EDUCATION

Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1996
St. Mary’s University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1993

QUEEN'S COUNSEL

2014

ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, January 2013 - present
  • Vice Chair, Canada Games Centre, 2016 - present
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Canadian Defence Lawyers Annual Insurance Symposium, 2015-2016
  • Board of Directors, Canada Games Centre, 2014 - present
  • Past Chair, National Insurance Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 2014 - present
  • Chair, Complaints Investigation Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society ("NSBS"), 2014-present
  • Chair, Subcommittee of the Court of Appeal Liaison Committee on Access to Justice, 2013-2015
  • Member, Human Resources and Governance Committee, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2013-present
  • Council member, NSBS, 2009-2015
  • Judge, Jessop International Moot Court Competition, 2015
  • Judge, Sopinka Cup Moot, 2014
  • Chair, Court of Appeal Liaison Committee, NSBS, 2011-2014
  • Member, Complaints Investigation Committee, NSBS, 2011-2014
  • Member, Gender Equity Committee, NSBS, 2013-2014
  • Chair, National Insurance Law Subsection of the CBA, September 2012-2014
  • Council Member, National Sections (Insurance Law), Canadian Bar Association, 2012 - 2014
  • Council Member, Branch Designated Voting, Canadian Bar Association, 2012 - 2014
  • Associate Practice Manager, Stewart McKelvey, Halifax, May 2011-2013
  • Reachability Lawyer Referral Service, 2011-present
  • Vice Chair, National Insurance Law Sub-section, Canadian Bar Association, 2010-2012
  • Member, Associates Evaluation & Compensation Committee, 2010-2014
  • Law Court Users Committee, NSBS, 2009-2011
  • Credentials Committee, NSBS, 2009-2011
  • Member, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Liaison Subcommittee, NSBS, 2008-2011
  • Chair, Organizing the Atlantic Canadian Defensible Positions Conference, 2008-2010
  • Mentorship Program, NSBS, 2008-2010
  • Secretary/Treasurer, National Insurance Law Sub-section, Canadian Bar Association, 2008-2010
  • Co-chair, First Nova Scotia Appeal Court Law Clerk Alumni Gathering, 2008-2009
  • Instructor, Civil Procedure Course, Dalhousie University, 2006-2007
  • Volunteer, NSBS, 2005-present
  • Civil Procedure Workshops, Dalhousie Schulich School of Law, 2004-2007
  • Instructor, Civil Trial Practice, Dalhousie University, 2002-2006
  • Board member, Alumni Association, St. Mary’s University, 2002-2004 
  • Part-time Faculty Counsel Representative, Dalhousie University, 2002-2004
  • Member, Nova Scotia Insurance Women's Association, 2000-present
  • Articling Committee, Stewart McKelvey, Halifax, 2000-2004
  • Alumni Executive, Dalhousie University, 2000-2004
  • Dinner Committee, Saint Mary’s University, 2000-2004 
  • Board of Directors, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 1998-2002
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Defence Research Institute
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers

LANGUAGE(S)

English

LEXPERT RATINGS

Personal Injury

EXTERNAL RATINGS

  • Best Lawyers 2017 Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Insurance), 2017
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial), 2015-2016
  • Recipient, Progress Women of Excellence Award, 2014
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers: Insurance Law, 2013-2017
  • Best Lawyers: Personal Injury Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Lexpert: ‘Litigator to Watch’, 2009
  • Lexpert Rising Star, ‘Leading Lawyers under 40’ in Canada, 2008

Publications

  • Insurance Law Section Newsletter Chair's note, Canadian Bar Association, 2014
  • Insurance Newsletter Contributor: Message from the Chair, Canadian Bar Association, 2013
  • Co-author, "Consequential Damages for Breach of Contract: A Primer on The Principles", Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2011 (ThompsonCarswell)
  • The Art of Settling a Dispute, Canadian Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, August 2011
  • Annual Review of Civil Litigation, 2011, Consequential Damages, Fall 2011
  • Claims Canada, Minor Injury Cap Article, February / March 2011
  • Lexpert Article, “CAP on General Damages”, September 2009
  • The Lawyers Weekly, “Supreme Court Advocacy”, August 2009
  • Atlantic Insurance Counsel Newsletter, Article on the Nova Scotia “CAP” Decision, June 12, 2009
  • The Society Record, Volume 27, No. 2, “Making Time and Giving Back”, April 2009
  • Nova Scotia Law News, Article on the Nova Scotia “CAP” Decision, March 2009
  • Lexpert, “The Pursuit of Evidence: Not a Trivial Matter”, November 2008
  • Development of Civil Procedure Training Materials for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, August - September 2008
  • Ongoing contributor to the Nova Scotia Law News, 2006-present
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers, Nonsuit Article, Toxic Mould, 2004

Presentations

  • Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia branch Mid-Winter Conference, Civility and Ethics (co-presented with The Honourable Kevin Coady), February 3, 2017
  • Client presentation on Rear end Collisions, Dog Bites, SEF 44 and Section D, 2016
  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Annual Meeting, Taking a Triple-P approach to lawyer conduct concerns, June 18, 2016
  • Atlantic Women in Litigation Conference, Roundtable Mentor, May 5, 2016
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers Insurance Coverage Symposium, Reservation of Rights, February 4, 2016
  • Quarterly presentation to articled clerks at NSBS Bar admission course on ethics, 2014 - present
  • Stewart McKelvey Insurance Seminar, Atlantic Canada Case Law Update, October 30, 2015
  • Client presentation on SEF 44, Section D, Summary Judgment and New Limitation of Actions Act, June 8, 2015
  • Schulich School of Law Presentation to first year students - Orientation to the Law, 2012-2014
  • CBA Conference - Panel Speaker - Cap on Minor Injuries, May 10, 2013
  • Construction Law Seminar - Litigation Costs, April 17, 2013
  • In-House Counsel Presentation on Litigation Strategy, April 12, 2013
  • Time Entry & Pre-Bills associate orientation, June 2012
  • Client Service - Service First, June 2012
  • In-House Firm Presentation to New Associates - Client Service/Practice Management, June 11, 2012
  • In-House Client Presentation on Fatality Claims, May 22, 2012
  • Presenter, The Art of Settling a Dispute, Canadian Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, August 2011
  • Presenter, Litigation 101, Stewart McKelvey Seminar, June 2011
  • Presenter, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, The Pros and Cons of Each, Business Disputes Seminar, 2010
  • Presenter, 2010: The Year End Case Law Review, Stewart McKelvey Annual Insurance Seminar, 2010
  • Presenter and chair, FCI-CWI Conference, Women in Leadership, Negotiating Effectively, 2010
  • Chair, Canadian Defence Lawyers, January 22, 2009
  • Presenter, Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy, CBA Annual Meeting, Dublin, 2009
  • Presenter, Women in the Law Conference, “Mentoring: A Career Must”, 2009
  • Presenter, Damage Awards Update, Stewart McKelvey Annual Insurance Seminar, 2009
  • Presenter, Mentorship Program, NSBS, 2009
  • Presenter, Atlantic Canadian Insurance Developments including Damage Awards Update, Stewart McKelvey Annual Insurance Seminar, 2006

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

P 902.420.3331
F 902.496.6192

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Susan Snow

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