Erin Best


Erin knows that the legal world is constantly changing and evolving, which is why she makes sure that she stays on top of all the latest legislation, caselaw and issues relevant to her practice. Largely focusing on litigation (commercial, construction and insurance), Erin is the chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador litigation group. She also deals in intellectual property, including trademark prosecution (registrations), copyright, entertainment, media law and privacy. Erin is continually refining her knowledge and skills, so as to provide her clients with timely and efficient results.

Representative Matters

Within her varied practice, Erin has assisted her clients by:
  • Managing complex litigation files and obtaining excellent and timely results for her clients.
  • Appearing before all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Developing and implementing high level litigation, privacy and corporate structuring strategies.
  • Becoming fluent in major project litigation advanced document review and production platforms.
  • Resolving complicated commercial real estate disputes.
  • Providing legal opinions and drafting organizational policies on CASL, privacy, copyright and trademark legislative compliance.

areas of practice

  • Commercial Financings
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Municipalities
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment Law
  • Litigation
  • Privacy


Newfoundland and Labrador, 2009


Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador


McGill University, BA, 2001
University of New Brunswick, LL.B./MBA, 2008


Rhind Scholarship from the Insurance Institute of Canada


  • Chair, Stewart McKelvey Newfoundland and Labrador litigation practice group, 2017 - present
  • Founder and president, The Kitchen Party Newfoundland and Labrador Music Industry Think Tank, 2016 - present 
  • Treasurer, Canadian Bar Association National intellectual property section, 2016 - present
  • Co-chair, Stewart McKelvey Newfoundland and Labrador litigation practice group, 2016
  • Member, pro bono committee, Business & the Arts Newfoundland, 2014 - present
  • Co-chair, local operations committee, East Coast Music Association, 2014/2015
  • Chair, local partnerships committee, East Coast Music Association, 2014/2015
  • Vice-chair, East Coast Music Association, 2012 - 2015
  • Member, public awareness committee & insurance committee, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), 2012 - present
  • Director, St. John's International Women's Film Festival, 2011 - 2013
  • Co-chair, copyright working group preparing the CBA submission on Bill C-32, Copyright Modernization Act, Canadian Bar Association - National, 2010 - 2012
  • Secretary-treasurer, Canadian Federation of Musicians - local 820, 2010 - 2011
  • Chair, Intellectual Property section, Canadian Bar Association - Newfoundland chapter, 2009 - present




Intellectual Property Law



  • IP Basics for Lawyers, NL CBA IP Section, July 6, 2016
  • Expropriation and other popular municipal law issues, Municipalities NL Conference, May 5, 2016
  • Intellectual Property and Royalties for Creators, Business and the Arts NL, February 29, 2016
  • Business organizations and IP issues in film, Scene and Heard, SJWIFF, March 7, 2015
  • Implications of Sharing the Economy, Stewart McKelvey Insurance Day, Halifax, October 30, 2015
  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property Assets, Memorial University Faculty of Business, 2014
  • Anti-spam Breakfast Seminar, 2014
  • Intro to IP, Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, 2014
  • User Rights in the Educational Context, IPIC annual conference, 2014
  • Intro to Trade-marks, 2014
  • Arson, Newfoundland Insurance Industry, 2013
  • Tendering and Procurement, 2013
  • Valuing Your Intellectual Property Assets, Genesis Centre and RDC, 2012
  • Punitive Damages, Newfoundland Insurance Industry, 2012
  • Artist Resale Right, Royal Academy of Artists, 2012
  • Women in Technology, NATI, 2012
  • Diminishing Value: An Emerging Head of Damages, Newfoundland Insurance Industry, 2011

Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower Street
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1C 6K3

P 709.570.8833
F 709.722.4565

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