Colin Piercey


“Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Tenacious, strategic representation.

A business dispute can drag down an organization’s fortune, so they require a timely resolution to minimize adverse effects. Colin views strategic thinking as the key to resolving business disputes. By providing advice on the variety of options for resolution, the merits of various approaches, the potential costs and the potential outcomes, Colin helps his clients make informed decisions.

Representative matters

Working with a diverse group of clients which include financial institutions, construction contractors, developers, engineers, insurers, landlords/tenants, manufacturers and shareholders, some of the ways Colin has helped his clients are by:
  • Representing a mechanical contractor in the arbitration of a delay claim arising from the construction of an electrostatic precipitator.
  • Representing a geophysical contractor in a billing dispute with a subcontractor involving commercial fraud.
  • Representing a municipal contractor in a tendering dispute.
  • Representing an investment dealer in a wrongful dismissal claim.
  • Representing a sprinkler head manufacturer in a product liability claim.
  • Representing shareholders in a variety of shareholders disputes.

Notable decisions Colin has been involved in include:

Areas of practice

  • Insurance Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation – Commercial Insurance
  • Litigation – Corporate-Commercial
  • Product Liability


Nova Scotia, 2001
Ontario, 1998


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1996
Dalhousie University, B.Sc. (honours), 1991


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair, Practice Innovation Advisory Committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2017-present
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2016-present
  • Former Practice Group Leader, Business Disputes, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2011
  • Former Chair, Construction Law Section, Nova Scotia Branch, Canadian Bar Association, 2009-2011
  • Member, Canada Games Centre Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Former Chair, Canada Games Centre Board of Directors, 2014-2016


English, French


Construction Law
Litigation - Commercial Insurance
Litigation - Corporate Commercial


  • Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Construction, General Commercial, Insurance), 2015-2018
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019


  • Co-author, "An Unfinished Dance: The Steps Needed to Complete the Summary Judgment Culture Shift", Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2015

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

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