Deanne MacLeod


“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
- Albert Einstein

A “get it done” attitude.

Great advice is one of the keys to being a good lawyer, as is having the right attitude. Deanne has a “get it done attitude” and works to overcome – not create – obstacles to help her clients achieve their business goals.

Representative matters

Working with a diverse group of clients including entrepreneurs, public companies and real estate investment trusts, Deanne has:

  • Lead transaction teams on acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations on local, regional and national businesses.
  • Advised on the acquisition and divestiture of commercial real estate portfolios, leasing matters and secured financings.
  • Provided competition law advice regarding mergers, marketing and advertising, contests and promotions and competitor contracts.
  • Provided ongoing strategic and commercial advice.

Areas of practice

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Securities/Corporate Finance
  • Competition Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Commercial Real Property
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Owner Managed Business


Nova Scotia, 1997


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, M.B.A., LL.B., 1996
Mount Saint Vincent University, B.B.A., 1992


  • Past chair, board of governors, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Member, board of governors, Mount Saint Vincent University, 2009-present
  • President, Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association, 2011-2013
  • Member, board of directors, Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association, 2008-2015
  • Chair, board of governors, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007-2008
  • Practice group leader, Business Transactions, Stewart McKelvey, 2011-2015
  • Practice group leader, Mergers & Acquisitions, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2011
  • Chair, students committee, Stewart McKelvey, 2006-2010; member, 2016-present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, board of directors, Phoenix Youth Programs, 2016-present
  • Member, board of directors, Kids Up Front - Atlantic, 2016-present




  • Lexpert Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40’, 2009

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

P 902.420.3313
F 902.420.1417

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