Michelle Chai


"When written in Chinese the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger. The other represents opportunity."


Diligent and thorough, Michelle understands that her clients are looking for a certain standard when they hire Stewart McKelvey. She is efficient and organized in her file handling and problem solving to help her clients get the right results. Taking advantage of the tools available to her, Michelle develops a strong bond with clients and colleagues alike, which helps her to better assist in the matters at hand. 

Representative Matters

Michelle provides sound legal solutions and risk management to corporate commercial clients in a variety of industries including banking, energy, telecommunications and intellectual property. She also works with insurers in such areas as disability insurance, personal injury and property insurance. Michelle has represented clients in commercial arbitrations, Supreme, Small Claims and Federal Court matters, as well as appeals before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Some of Michelle's recent matters include:

  • Co-counsel in 7 day out-of-province commercial arbitration, successfully defending Nova Scotia corporation which does business across Canada.
  • Co-counsel in 3 week trial at Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, representing insurer which successfully defended against a claim for long term disability benefits.
  • Defence and analysis of disability insurance, personal injury and property damage claims for national and international insurers, as well as self-insured corporations (incl. banks and transportation companies).
  • Preparation of emergency motions, including injunctions involving international corporations.
  • Advice on trademark and copyright issues.
  • Assistance with multimillion-dollar commercial litigation actions (involving international companies), in the areas of energy and construction.
  • Conduct of Small Claims Court and Supreme Court of Nova Scotia matters and hearings for businesses and insurers.
  • Assistance with debt collection for national companies and financial institutions involving multinational assets and parties.
  • Negotiation of successful settlements of personal injury and disability insurance claims.
  • Proficiency with e-discovery management including responsibility for collection, coding and organization of, as well as delegation for review and reporting of, electronic disclosure in databases with over 1.5 million records.

Areas of Law

  • Litigation
  • Litigation - Corporate-Commercial
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Disability Insurance
  • Litigation - Personal Injury
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property


Nova Scotia, 2013


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Université de Moncton, Trial Advocacy Program, 2016
Dalhousie University, J.D., 2012
Queen's University, BAH Political Studies & History, 2009


  • Member-at-Large, Canadian Bar Association, Women's Lawyer Forum, 2018 to present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2014 to present
  • Secretary, Executive, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2017 to present
  • Presenter/volunteer, Canadian Bar Association, Law Day, 2013 to present
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, 2013 to present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2017 to present
  • Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2011 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2012 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association Equality Committee, 2014 to 2017
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Interim Governance & Equality Committee, 2017
  • Volunteer, Stewart McKelvey United Way Committee, 2012 to 2014
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 2012 to 2015
  • Coach, Saint Mary's University Pre-Law Society, Osgoode Cup Moot, 2015
  • Member and lead volunteer, Law Day Planning Committee, Canadian Bar Association, 2013
  • Volunteer and team leader, Play in a Day, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2012 to 2013
  • Member and volunteer, Philanthropy Committee, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, 2012 to 2013
  • Volunteer member, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, 2012 to 2013
  • Member, Diversity in the Judiciary Subcommittee & Uncommon Law Subcommittee, Gender Equity Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, 2012 to 2013




The Medium - Blog Articles

  • April 15, 2015 - Re:Sound Dancing Again
  • January 12, 2015 - What's in a name? (Why there is no copyright in your name)
  • May 26, 2014 - Re:Sound Flexes its Musical Muscles
  • January 31, 2014 - Google Glass-wearing Driver Ticketed in the US – What’s the law on distracted driving in Nova Scotia?
  • February 26, 2013 - Cloud Computing: How to Navigate Risky Skies
  • November 14, 2012 - Statutory Damages and the New Copyright Regime
  • September 30, 2012 - Signed (Electronically?), Sealed & Delivered
  • September 19, 2012 - Re:Sound, the New Kid (Music Copyright Collective) on the Music Block


  • May 9, 2018, Legal Update, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2018 Claims and Anti-Fraud Annual Conference
  • October 5, 2017, Documentary Discovery Roundtable, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2017 Legal Section Annual Meeting
  • September 22, 2016, A Mari Usque Ad Mare - Update from Atlantic Canada (and beyond), Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 2016 Legal Section Annual Meeting

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

P 902.444.1704
F 902.420.1417

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