Maureen Ryan, QC


“Excellence in client service is my top priority.”

Striking the right balance.

Maureen helps our clients reach the deal that’s best for them by helping them to identify and balance the interests and risks at stake. Through frank and honest discussion, Maureen works with clients to maximize rewards and mitigate risks.  The result is a strategy best-suited for our clients’ success.

Representative matters

Working with clients in a broad range of industries, including technology, fisheries, oil and gas, engineering and construction, Maureen has extensive experience in commercial transactions which ranges from contract negotiation to buying and selling businesses to financings and restructurings, as well as providing general commercial advice on the day-to-day problems facing business owners and operators.

Areas of practice:

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Financial Services
  • Construction Law
  • Technology and Intellectual
  • Property
  • Asset/Equipment Finance & Leasing
  • Banking
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Energy – Oil & Gas Corporate
  • Project Finance
  • Property Leasing
  • Owner Managed Business


Newfoundland and Labrador, 1990


Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador


Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LL.B.,1989
Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.A., 1986




  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Department manager, Business, Stewart McKelvey, 2008-2011
  • Member, Recruiting Committee, Firm-wide, Stewart McKelvey, 2005-2008
  • Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2002-2008, 2012 to present
  • Member, Management Committee, Stewart McKelvey, St. John’s office, 2001-2004
  • Member, Insurance Committee, Law Society of Newfoundland, 2006-2013
  • Member, Board of Trustee, Belvedere Orphanage Fund, 2005-2011
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2008-2009
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Holy Heart Auditorium, 2006-2008
  • Co-chair, Joint Committee on Legal Continuing Education, 1994-2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation, 2010-2016
  • Member, Committee on Law Corporations, Law Society of Newfoundland




Banking (Including Financial Institutions Regulatory Law)
Corporate / Commercial
Energy - Oil and Gas Corporate
Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Mid-Market


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  • Best lawyers 2019 Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers 2018 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers 2014 Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers 2012 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in St. John's
  • Best Lawyers: Construction Law, 2011-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2006, 2008-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2014-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Natural Resources Law, 2011-2019
  • Lexpert Magazine’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in Canada, 2004


  • Co-presenter, Drafting Asset Purchase Agreements, Canadian Bar Association national webinar
  • Co-presenter, Drafting Key Provisions of the Asset Purchase Agreement, Canadian Bar Association national webinar
  • Co-presenter, National Business Boot Camp – Tips for Negotiating and Drafting Purchase and Sale Agreements, Canadian Bar Association
  • Co-presenter, Shareholder and Director Obligations and Rights, Canadian Bar Association
  • Co-presenter, Canadian Bar Association National webinar - Tips for Negotiating and Drafting Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Co-presenter, National Business Boot Camp – Buying and Selling A Business, Canadian Bar Association
  • Instructor, Corporate and Commercial Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Newfoundland , St. John’s NL, 2002-2009

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

P 709.570.8880
F 709.722.4565

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