Michael MacIsaac


"We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds."
- Aristotle Onassis

building rapport to achieve success.

With our society operating at a faster pace than ever before, clients want answers and results in a timely manner. Michael works to ensure he is responsive to every need his clients have, and strives to make everyone feel a part of the team. He believes building a strong relationship beyond the task at hand is important in forming trust and a better understanding of the business his clients have. Combining his sense of humour with sound, strategic advice allows Michael to connect with his clients in an enjoyable way, that ends in the desired result.

representative matters

Michael knows that the key to success is understanding his clients' issues from their perspective, and not to take a cookie cutter approach. By being forthcoming and listening to what his clients have to say, Michael has:

  • Worked directly with a team that successfully resolved a dispute pertaining to a critical piece of public infrastructure.
  • Participated in a multimillion-dollar expropriation hearing before the Utility and Review Board.
  • Assisted a variety of maritime transportation companies, medical insurance associations, and insurance companies in complex litigation matters.

areas of practice

  • General Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Maritime and Transportation Law
  • Energy Law
  • Insurance Defence


Nova Scotia, 2016


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


University of Victoria, JD (Co-op), 2014

St. Francis Xavier University, BA (First Class Honours in Political Science), 2010


  • Howard Petch Scholarship in Law for highest 2nd year standing
  • British Columbia Superior Judges Scholarship
  • Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin and Lang Scholarship
  • Crease, Harman and Company Scholarship in Law
  • Lawson Lundell Prize in Secured Transactions
  • Royal Trust Prize
  • Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Maritime Law Association 
  • Member, Eastern Admirality Law Association
  • Member, Professional Development Committee, Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia, 2016 - present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Halifax Sexual Health Centre, 2016 - present
  • Practice Judge, Jessup Moot Competition
  • Volunteer lawyer, reachAbility




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

P 902.420.3357
F 902.420.1417

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