Michelle Chai

Associate

"When written in Chinese the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger. The other represents opportunity."
- JFK

RELIABLE AND CAPABLE

Diligent and thorough in her research, Michelle understands that her clients are looking for a certain standard when they hire Stewart McKelvey.  Michelle is efficient and organized in her planning and problem solving to help her clients get the right results. Taking advantage of the tools available to her while working at the firm, Michelle has quickly developed her own reputation with clients and other lawyers. Michelle has assisted with matters presented at the Small Claims Court and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. 

Representative Matters

Some of Michelle's recent matters include:
  • Co-counsel in 7 day out-of-province commercial arbitration, successfully defending Nova Scotia corporation which does business across Canada.
  • Co-counsel in 3 week trial at Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, representing insurer which successfully defended against a claim for long term disability benefits.
  • Defence and analysis of disability insurance, personal injury and property damage claims for national and international insurers.
  • Preparation of emergency motions, including injunctions involving international corporations.
  • Advice on trademark and copyright issues.
  • Assistance with multimillion-dollar commercial litigation actions (involving international companies), in the areas of energy and construction.
  • Conduct of Small Claims Court and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia matters and hearings for businesses and insurers.
  • Assistance with debt collection for national companies and financial institutions involving multinational assets and parties.
  • Negotiation of successful settlements of personal injury and disability insurance claims.

Areas of Law

  • Litigation
  • Litigation - Corporate-Commercial
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Disability Insurance
  • Litigation - Personal Injury
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Nova Scotia, 2013

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

EDUCATION

Université de Moncton, Trial Advocacy Program, 2016
Dalhousie University, J.D., 2012
Queen's University, BAH Political Studies & History, 2009

ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association Equality Committee, 2014 to 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2014 to present
  • Secretary, Executive, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2017 to present
  • Presenter/volunteer, Canadian Bar Association, Law Day, 2013 to present
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, 2013 to present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2017 to present
  • Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2011 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2012 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Interim Governance & Equality Committee, 2017
  • Volunteer, Stewart McKelvey United Way Committee, 2012 to 2014
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2012 to 2015
  • Coach, Saint Mary's University Pre-Law Society, Osgoode Cup Moot, 2015
  • Member and lead volunteer, Law Day Planning Committee, Canadian Bar Association, 2013
  • Volunteer and team leader, Play in a Day, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2012 to 2013
  • Member and volunteer, Philanthropy Committee, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2012 to 2013
  • Volunteer member, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, 2012 to 2013
  • Member, Diversity in the Judiciary Subcommittee & Uncommon Law Subcommittee, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, 2012 to 2013

LANGUAGE(S)

English

Publications

The Medium - Blog Articles

Presentations

  • May 9, 2018, Legal Update, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2018 Claims and Anti-Fraud Annual Conference
  • October 5, 2017, Documentary Discovery Roundtable, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2017 Legal Section Annual Meeting
  • September 22, 2016, A Mari Usque Ad Mare - Update from Atlantic Canada (and beyond), Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2016 Legal Section Annual Meeting

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

P 902.444.1704
F 902.420.1417

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Marie-Fleur Cyr-Beaudoin

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