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James D. MacNeil

(902) 460-3457(902)
Kelly Hatcher
"I assist individuals and companies in resolving disputes. Often this is through negotiation, but sometimes it takes a fight. "

About James

Jamie is Managing Partner of the firm. His practice is primarily focused on Construction Law, but also consists of a wide range of Business Litigation and Civil Litigation. He has provided advice and litigated construction cases involving lien claims and disputes, bidding and tendering issues, delay claims, negligence, contract disputes, design issues, building deficiencies, etc. He has also represented clients in many arbitration and mediation cases. Jamie is included in The Best Lawyers in Canada publication for Construction Law, and has been each year since 2016.

In addition to his construction law practice, Jamie has acted for clients in disputes involving property litigation, employment law, landlord and tenant (both commercial and residential) disputes, securities litigation, collection matters, some environmental law issues, shareholder disputes, and many other forms of commercial litigation and contractual disputes.

Jamie has appeared at all levels of court in Nova Scotia, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland & Labrador, the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, and the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, as well as the Tax Court of Canada and both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. Jamie has also successfully argued and appeared before the Regional Assessment Appeal Court, Workers’ Compensation Board, Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, Labour Standards Tribunal, Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, National Energy Board and various other boards and tribunals. He is a frequent lecturer on builders’ liens, collection practices and various other litigation issues and matters.

Jamie is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, the Construction Association of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Bar Association. In 2019, he was selected as a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The CLSA is an invitation-only international honorary association composed of preeminent lawyers in construction law and related fields. In addition, Jamie is a current board member of Events East Group and is a former board member of the Alderney Landing Association. He has volunteered with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia. Jamie has also been a long-time coach for Dunbrack Youth Soccer and has volunteered in the past as team treasurer for several of the Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Teams.

Areas of Practice

James's Background

  • 2000: LL.B., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • 1993: Bachelor of Arts, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 - Present: Managing Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2010 - 2012: Sessional Instructor/Part-Time Faculty (Civil Training Workshops), Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2007 - 2012: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2001 - 2006: Associate Lawyer, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2000 - 2001: Articled Clerk, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Law Society of New Brunswick
  • Member - Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Fellow - Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Member - Diversity Law Institute
  • Member - Trial Law Institute
  • Member - Halifax Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - TEC Canada
Community Activities
  • Board Member - Events East Group
  • Volunteer - Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association
  • Past Board Member - Halifax Convention Centre Corporation
  • Coach - Dunbrack Youth Soccer
  • Past Committee Member - Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia (BIANS) Annual Golf Classic (2001-2005)
  • Volunteer - Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia (2000-2006)
  • Former Board Member - Alderney Landing Association
  • BOYNECLARKE LLP Law Letter: Builders' Liens
  • BOYNECLARKE LLP Law Letter: Small Claims Court
  • Frequent speaker on Builders' Liens and various litigation topics.
Awards & Honours
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2016-2021) for Construction Law
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2018-2021) for Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation since 2017 for Construction Law and Commercial Litigation