Scott Norton, QC

Partner

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
- Vince Lombardi

Analytical, effective, frank.

Litigation clients want to know what their risk exposure is at the earliest possible stage of the matter so they can plan their response in face of the high cost of trial. Scott does just that by first listening, then having timely and frank conversations with the client in which he tells them not what they want to hear but what they need to hear.

Representative matters

With almost 30 years of extensive trial experience and knowledge of insurance law, Scott helps his clients win through the sound judgment that can only come with such experience. A few examples of his work include:
  • Counsel to multinational and national insurance companies in respect of coverage and defence of major claims.
  • Canadian product liability counsel to an international tire manufacturer.
  • General counsel to Nova Scotia School Board Insurance Reciprocal.
  • Acted for the Appellant in  Annapolis County District School Board v. Marshall in the Supreme Court of Canada, successfully overturning the decision of the NSCA and returning the jury verdict for the Defendant in a claim for $4.3 million.
  • Represented Michelin in obtaining a dismissal at trial of a claim for damages in the Ontario Superior Court.

Areas of practice:

  • Insurance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Education
  • Litigation
  • Litigation – Commercial Insurance
  • Litigation – Corporate/Commercial
  • Litigation - Tax
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Sports Law
  • Transportation (Road and Rail)
  • Class Actions

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Nova Scotia, 1984

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

EDUCATION

Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1983
Saint Mary’s University, Commerce – Accounting, 1977–1980

QUEEN'S COUNSEL

2002

ACTIVITIES

  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Department manager, Advocacy, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2014
  • Saint Mary's University Board of Governors 2012-2015
  • Trustee, The Sidney Crosby Foundation
  • Past chair, board of directors, PAC Autism Nova Scotia Society
  • Chair, Old Dogs Foundation Trust (in support of Saint Mary’s University varsity football)
  • Member, board of directors, IWK Foundation
  • Member, board of directors, Churchill Academy
  • Recipient, Saint Mary’s University Alumni Council Distinguished Community Service Award
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, ALFA International - The Global Legal Network
  • Member, Marketing Committee, ALFA International - The Global Legal Network

LANGUAGE(S)

English

LEXPERT RATINGS

Class Actions
Directors and Officers Liability
Litigation - Commercial Insurance
Litigation - Corporate Commercial
Personal Injury

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL RATINGS

BV Distinguished®

Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

EXTERNAL RATINGS

  • Best Lawyers 2017 Legal Malpractice Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers 2012 Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Halifax
  • Best Lawyers: Insurance Law, 2006, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Legal Malpractice Law, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Personal Injury Litigation, 2006, 2011-2018
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Class Action, General Commercial, Insurance, Product Liability), 2017
  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Class Action, Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Qui Tam), 2016
  • Benchmark Canada,  local litigation star (Class Action, General Commercial, Insurance, Personal Injury, Product Liability), 2012-2015
  • Benchmark Canada, litigation star - Canada, Product Liability and Class Actions, 2013-2014

Presentations

  • April 2, 2012, presentation to Law School Civil Procedure Classes on current issues with the Civil Procedure Rules
  • July 21, 2012, presentation to Saint Mary’s University MBA program on litigation strategy for business
  • September 20, 2012, presentation to Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association Legal Counsel Annual Meeting on recent case law in Atlantic Canada
  • November 9, 2012, presentation to Association of Nova Scotia Education Administrators on lessons learned over 20 years of defending educational institutions
  • February 21-22, 2013, Faculty for Advocates Society Civil Trial Advocacy College Program — Halifax
  • March 15-16, 2013, Assessor for Sopinka Cup Advocacy Competition — Ottawa
  • 2013 Presentations throughout the year to the Nova Scotia School Boards on Legal Issues


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

P 902.420.3349
F 902.420.1417

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Donna Hiltz

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