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James D. MacNeil

(902) 460-3457(902) 463-7500jmacneil@boyneclarke.ca
Assistant
Genevieve Svab
gsvab@boyneclarke.ca

About James

Jamie is the Managing Partner of the firm. His practice is primarily focused on Construction Law and Commercial 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 Board Member and Vice Chair of Events East Group, and a Board Member of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. He is also 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. 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.

Jamie was recently made a fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers this year. This is an invitation only organization that recognizes accomplished construction lawyers in Canada. 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.

Areas of Practice

James's Background

Education
  • 2000: LL.B., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • 1993: Bachelor of Arts, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Employment
  • 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
  • Fellowship - Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellowship - Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • 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 - Halifax Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member - TEC Canada
Community Activities
  • Board Member - Construction Association of Nova Scotia
  • Board Member - Events East Group
  • Former Volunteer - Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association
  • Past Board Member - Halifax Convention Centre Corporation
  • Former 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
Publications
  • BOYNECLARKE LLP Law Letter: Builders' Liens
  • BOYNECLARKE LLP Law Letter: Small Claims Court
Presentations
  • Frequent speaker on Builders' Liens and various litigation topics.
Awards & Honours
  • Fellowship - Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (2021)
  • Fellowship - Construction Lawyers Society of America (2019)
  • 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