Brian P. Casey, Q.C.

(902) 460-3468 (902) 463-7500 bcasey@boyneclarke.ca
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Crystal McNeil
cmcneil@boyneclarke.ca
"Litigation is working without a net. The results matter to clients, and the results often can’t be changed. That’s the scariest part of the job: you have one chance to get it right."

About Brian

Brian practices on the firm’s Business and Criminal Litigation teams. He routinely conducts trials and appeals in commercial, civil, criminal and disciplinary matters. He has been successful counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada and in the Courts of Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, as well as before the Federal Court and a variety of administrative boards. His court appearances have resulted in more than 200 reported decisions.

Brian is licensed to practice in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and has appeared as counsel for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; Canada Trust; the Bank of Nova Scotia; the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association; Fenwick MacIntosh; Dr. Henry Morgentaler; Paul Watson; the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro; the Christian Brothers of Canada; the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal; the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission; the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union; the IFAW and as Consumer Advocate before the Public Utilities Board. He has been a special prosecutor for the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador and renewed his Practicing Status there in 2011.

Brian is one of the 2012 recipients of the Nova Scotia Council for the Family Award of Merit for his volunteer work with HomeBridge Youth Society. He teaches part time at the Dalhousie Law School and is the debate coach at Sacred Heart School of Halifax, where his wife, Patricia Donnelly, has recently completed her term as Headmistress. For Brian, working with young people is satisfying because you see immediate, tangible improvement.

Areas of Practice

Brian's Background

Education
  • 1981: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1978: Bachelor of Arts, First Class, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
Employment
  • 2006 - Present: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2002 - 2006: Associate Lawyer, Joel E. Pink & Associates, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1999 - 2002: Associate Lawyer, Burchells, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1994 - 1999 : Sole Practitioner, St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1992 - 1994: Partner, Glube, Jewell Casey, St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1988 - 1992: Partner, Gittens/Casey, St. John's, Newfoundland
  • 1986 - 1988: Associate Lawyer, O'Brien & Furey, St. John's, Newfoundland
Community Activities
  • Officer and past president, Canadian Student Debating Federation
  • Past Chair, HomeBridge Youth Society
  • Parishioner St. Patrick's Church
Bar Activities
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - The Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyer's Association
Teaching
  • Dalhousie Law School, Trial Advocacy Course
  • Universite de Sherbrooke, Contracts (Transitional Course)
  • Newfoundland Bar Admission Course
Publications
  • From Crime to Punishment (Carswell);
  • Legal Research Handbook (2nd ed.) (Butterworths)
  • Sentencing in Newfoundland
  • Bar admission Materials used in Newfoundland and Labrador
Awards
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel (2014)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 - 2017 published by Best Lawyers®
  • Leonard Kitz QC Award (Advocacy)
  • Horace E. Read Award (Greatest all around contribution to scholarship and student life, Dalhousie Law School)
  • Nova Scotia Council for the Family, Award of Merit: HomeBridge Youth Society