Jennifer Taylor

Research Lawyer

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."
- Zora Neale Hurston

Getting to the root of the issue

Complex legal questions require comprehensive research.  Focusing on strategy, Jennifer unearths the legal principles needed to make informed decisions.  From reading old English case reports to using the latest online legal research technology, she will leave no stone unturned in an effort to support colleagues and meet clients’ needs. 

Representative Matters

Jennifer conducts in-depth legal research and drafts legal memos, opinions, briefs and factums in all areas of law. Her work aims to advance clients' interests as effectively and efficiently as possible by turning complex legal problems into practical advice. Particular areas of focus and interest include constitutional law, professional regulation and administrative law, insurance defence and class actions. She enjoys working in teams and providing strategic advice in addition to her legal research and writing, and often writes client updates and articles on recent developments in the law.


Ontario, 2010
Nova Scotia, 2013


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University - Certificate in Fundamentals of Aboriginal Law, 2015
University of Cambridge, Master of Law, 2011
Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Laws, 2008
Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in History and Political Science, 2005



  • Chair, Halifax Dance Board of Directors
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Section, Canadian Bar Association – NS Branch
  • Board member & Secretary, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
  • Supervising lawyer (Feminist Advocacy Initiative), LEAF Halifax
  • Mentor, Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association
  • Member-at-large, CBA National Women Lawyers Forum
  • Organizing committee member, 2019 CBA Leadership Conference for Professional Women
  • Various activities, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eastern Passage





  • Numerous in-house presentations at Stewart McKelvey
  • Presented to high school law students on consent for CBA Law Day (May 2017)
  • Co-facilitated workshop on consent called "Only Yes Means Yes" for LEAF Halifax at MSVU Girls Conference (March 2017)
  • Presented at CBA-NS Mid-Winter Conference on "Staying Current with the Law" (February 2017)
  • Lectured on Aboriginal Law in Sadira Jan's Fisheries class (February 2017 & February 2016), Schulich School of Law
  • Co-lectured on Aboriginal Law in Energy Law course (October 2017 & November 2016), Schulich School of Law
  • Presented to CBA-NS Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section on cyber-bullying law reform from a feminist perspective (November 2016)
  • Co-created video tutorial on civil appeals for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (Summer 2016)
  • Presented to CBA-NS Insurance Law Section on Supreme Court of Canada leave applications (May 2016)
  • Presented to paralegal students at Nova Scotia Community College (access to criminal justice: April 2016; the law of equality: April 2015)
  • Presented to CBA-NS Young Lawyers Section, "Tricks For Your Treasure Hunt: A Refresher on Legal Research Methods" (September 2015)
  • Presented to paralegal students at Eastern College on "Legal Research Methods and Strategies" (July 2015)
  • Co-presented at the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society 2015 and 2014 annual meetings on "Legal research: Staying in control, on budget, and in the know" (June 2015; June 2014)
  • Organized and moderated panel on "Advancing Economic Development Goals through Litigation" at CBA National Aboriginal Law Conference 2015 (June 2015)
  • Co-presented to the CBA-NS Insurance Law Section on motions for assessment of damages following Section D settlements (June 2015)

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

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