Geoffrey Machum, QC, ICD.D

Partner

"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark!"
- Howard Ruff

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Regardless of the client or the problem, the common issue for Geoff’s clients is obtaining the most optimal resolution, as efficiently and economically as possible. With his solid reputation and experience, Geoff takes every opportunity to bring a successful resolution at all stages of the case.

Representative matters

For Geoff’s clients, the stakes involved in litigation are quite significant and affect their bottom line. He works with national and multinational commercial insurance companies, building contractors, building suppliers, directors and officers of corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Chartered Banks and regional business interests involved in litigation disputes.  Key cases that represent Geoff’s commitment to success for his clients include:

  • Leading the successful defense of a major Canadian Chartered Bank against multimillion dollar claims of breach of contract, fiduciary duty and related allegations.
  • Representing a major Canadian insurer in resisting the constitutional challenge to the auto insurance cap legislation in Nova Scotia.
  • Acted on a team that successfully represented the former CEO and Chairman of a publicly listed mining company in a multiparty directors and officers liability case involving over $100 plus million and other damages.

Areas of practice

  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Construction Law
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Litigation – Commercial Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Directors and Officers Disputes
  • Corporate Governance
  • ADR/Mediation

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Nova Scotia, 1985

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

EDUCATION

Directors Education Program (DEP), Rotman School of Management,  University of Toronto, 2014
University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1984
Dalhousie University, B.A. in Economics and Political Science, 1981

QUEEN'S COUNSEL

2003

ACTIVITIES

  • Chair, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2005 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association Construction Group (Nova Scotia ‎Branch)
  • Past Editor, Nova Scotia Law News, Construction Law
  • Past Lecturer (Part time), Commercial Insurance, Faculty of Law, ‎Dalhousie University
  • Past member, Board of Governors, Halifax Grammar School, 2009 to 2013
  • Past board member and chair, Governance Committee, Symphony Nova  Scotia, 2009 to 2013
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Halifax Port Authority, 2012 to 2015
  • Board of Directors, Halifax Port Authority, 2006 to 2015
  • Vice chair, Board of Directors, Halifax Port Authority, 2008 to 2012
  • Director, DHX Media Ltd (TSX, NASDAQ)
  • Chair, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, DHX Media Ltd (TSX, NASDAQ)
  • Member, DHX Media Ltd Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  • Member, DHX Special Strategic Review Committee
  • Strategic Marketing Partner, Stewart McKelvey, 2011 to 2014
  • Member, Human Resources and Governance Committee, Partnership Board, 2012 to present 
  • Member, Board of Governors and Executive Committee, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Co-Editor, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Law Journal, 2014 to present
  • Graduate, Intensive Directors Education Program (DEP), Rotman School of Management,  University of Toronto, 2013-2014
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Awarded Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D Designation, November 2015
  • Speaker and participant in various Director's Governance related programs locally and nationally
  • Involvement in community charitable endeavours for various organizations including United Way of Halifax, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia

LANGUAGE(S)

English

LEXPERT RATINGS

Directors and Officers Liability
Litigation - Commercial Insurance

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL RATINGS

AV Preeminent® (highest peer rating)

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EXTERNAL RATINGS

  • Best Lawyers: Construction Law, 2012-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Insurance Law, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Personal Injury Litigation, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Product Liability Law, 2013-2018
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury) 2012-2014
  • Benchmark Canada, litigation star - Canada, Product Liability, 2013-2014
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Insurance, Personal Injury), 2015
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability), 2016
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability), 2017-2018

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

P 902.420.3338
F 902.420.1417

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Claudette MacIntyre

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