Paul Saunders

Practice Innovation Partner

“When the way it’s always been done no longer makes sense, change the way it’s done.”

Practical, innovative advice.

Paul is Stewart McKelvey's first Practice Innovation Partner. Paul partners with lawyers and staff, both internal and external to the firm, to develop new tools and processes to solve the challenges they face. Paul's work, and that of his team in the firm's Practice Innovation Department, results in streamlined processes, reduced costs, and increased profitability. Using his background in IT and innovative approach to the practice of law, Paul applies his technical skills to offer clients greater efficiencies. He does so by leveraging cutting edge technologies and creative problem solving to maximize client value while minimizing costs and waste.

Paul has a passion for developing processes and systems that increase efficiency for clients. His proficiency in Lean Six Sigma process improvement, project management, pricing, data analytics, computer programming, database design, application development, Excel, Access, Sharepoint, automated document assembly (theFormTool and Doxsera), and other related fields and technologies, combined with ten years of corporate practice experience, has enabled him to develop a number of solutions that have had far reaching benefits for his clients.

Areas of practice

  • Practice Innovation
  • Automated Document Assembly
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management
  • Application Development


Nova Scotia, 2008


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2007
Dalhousie University, M.B.A., 2003
Dalhousie University, B.Comm., 2002


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Instructor, Legal Aspects of Business, Dalhousie School of Business Administration
  • Past Instructor, Legal Aspects of Business, Mount Saint Vincent University School of Business and Tourism
  • Group of 20 Participant, A Younger Perspective: Nova Scotia’s Economic Future




  • May 2014, Commercial Transactions: Document Management and Assembly, ILCO Conference
  • November 2014, The Assembly Line: Efficient and Effective Document Assembly, CBA-NS mid-winter conference
  • January 2016, Stop the Insanity: Tech Tips for a Busy Practice, CBA-NS mid-winter conference
  • March 2016, An Introduction to Law Practice Innovation for Legal Marketing Professionals, ALFA International
  • September 2016, Innovate Your Practice by Adapting Technologies and Proven Methodologies Outside of Legal, Legal Tech Toronto
  • May 2017, Practice Innovation for Law Clerks, ILCO Conference
  • October 2017, Accelerating Innovation Across the Profession, Thomson Reuters 2017 Emerging Technology Forum Road Show
  • November 2017, Calendaring and Time Management, CBA-NS mid-winter conference

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

P 902.444.1715
F 902.420.1417

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