The Honourable James Cowan, QC

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An experienced hand.

With over 40 years of experience practicing law, Jim is sought after for his expertise involving public-private partnerships, estate and tax planning, commercial law and wills and trusts. Jim was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2005 and became Opposition Whip in 2007. In 2008, he became the Leader of the Opposition, a position which he held until November 4, 2015. He retired from the Senate in January, 2017. Jim has been actively involved in the community for over 40 years.

Areas of practice:

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Public – Private Partnerships
  • Personal Services
  • Government/Regulated Industries

BAR ADMISSION(S)

Nova Scotia, 1967

LAW SOCIETY(IES)

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

EDUCATION

Dalhousie University, LL.D. (honorary), 2009
University of London, LL.M., 1966
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1965
Dalhousie University, B.A., 1962

QUEEN'S COUNSEL

1983

ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Secretary, Halifax International Airport Authority, 1995-present
  • Senator, The Senate of Canada, 2005 - present
  • Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 2008 - present
  • Director, Halifax International Airport Authority, 2002-2005
  • Member, Dalhousie University Board of Governors, 1971-2009
  • Chair, Dalhousie University Board of Governors, 2000-2008
  • Secretary and Director, Landmark East School, 1978-2004
  • Federal Campaign Chair, Liberal Party, 2004, 2006 and 2011
  • Board of Governors, Atlantic School of Theology, 2001-2008
  • Director, Equisure Trust Company, 1984-2003
  • Director, Equisure Financial Management Limited, 1995-2003

LANGUAGE(S)

English

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL RATINGS

AV Preeminent® (highest peer rating)

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

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F 902.420.1417

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LEGAL ASSISTANT(S)

Kathleen O'Reilly

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