Patricia Mitchell


“Opposing counsel knows what to expect from me: a professional, no-nonsense approach that always meets the needs of my client.”

Achieving objectives.

No client is happy to be involved in litigation, but it is an inevitable part of running some businesses.  Insurance clients also face increasing pressure to remain profitable and keep premiums low.  All clients want claims resolved quickly, efficiently and in keeping with their business objectives.  This is a challenge Patti must meet for her clients. Through effective cost control, thoughtful staffing of files, and the use of alternative dispute resolution when appropriate, Patti helps clients achieve their objectives. Patti is also a skilled litigator having steered many trials to successful outcome for the client when trial is the option. Patti’s practice focuses on insurance defence, business disputes and class actions.

Representative matters

Working with clients such as insurers, pharmaceutical companies, small and large family businesses, national retailers and manufacturers, some of the ways Patti helps her clients are by:
  • Defending class action lawsuits relating to pharmaceutical and products liability claims.
  • New jurisprudence on national multijurisdictional class action matters.
  • Defending auto, property, accident benefit, and life and disability claims.
  • Resolution of contractual disputes between businesses, shareholders and individuals.

Areas of practice:

  • Insurance
  • Class Actions
  • Business Disputes


Nova Scotia, 1997


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1996
Mount Saint Vincent University, B.A. (with distinction), 1988


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Stewart McKelvey 20/20 Committee - Building our Future
  • Practice group leader, Life and Disability, Stewart McKelvey, 2012-2016
  • Member, Student Recruitment Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2010-present
  • Member, Profitability Working Group, Stewart McKelvey, present
  • Chair, Regional Class Action Practice Group, Stewart McKelvey, 2007, 2008
  • Representative, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Bench and Bar Liaison Committee, Canadian Bar Association, 2009-2013
  • Co-chair, Opening Night Committee, 2011 Annual General Meeting Conference, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Defence Lawyers (membership by invitation and recommendation only) since 2010.
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, 2002-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Nova Scotia Representative, Canadian Defence Lawyers, 2007-2010
  • Service Team Leader for two prominent insurance clients, 2005 - present
  • Member, Nova Scotia Association of Women in Insurance, 2000-present
  • Canvasser, Canadian Cancer Society, ongoing
  • Chair, Atlantic Boot Camp, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Draft Class Proceedings Act, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2008
  • Chair, Atlantic Regional Insurance Conference, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Class Proceedings Act Conference, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2008




Litigation - Commercial Insurance
Personal Injury


  • Best Lawyers: Personal Injury Litigation, 2012-2017
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (General Commercial, Insurance and Class Action), 2013 - 2016
  • Benchmark Canada, litigation star - Canada, Arbitration, 2014



  • Presenter, CLHIA Claims Conference - various presentations, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Use of Actuarial Evidence at Trial, Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Webinar, May 2011
  • Presenter, Canadian Defence Lawyers AGM, 2010
  • Regional Client Insurance Symposium, Presenter 2003-2007, Panel Chair 2004-2009
  • Instructor, Bar Admissions Course, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, various years
  • Adjudicator, 2nd Year Compulsory Moot Court, Dalhousie Law School, various years
  • Instructor, Civil Practice, 3rd Year Course, Dalhousie Law School, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Instructor, Civil Procedure, 2nd Year Course, Dalhousie Law School, 2009-present

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

P 902.420.3327
F 902.420.1417
C 902.542.7762

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