John S. Fitzpatrick, Q.C.

(902) 460-3420 (902) 463-7500
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Kensa Harris
"Our Mortgage Enforcement and Collections Team is dedicated to serving a diverse number of institutional lenders, insurers and individuals in a cost effective and expedient manner."

About John

John is a Partner practicing in the areas of Mortgage Enforcement, Collections and Real Estate. He is a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee and is the team leader for our Mortgage Enforcement and Collections Team.

John was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in 2008 and has been included in “Best Lawyers in Canada” since 2012. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2014 Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service. In 2016 he was inducted into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society.

John has been recognized for his involvement in a number of community organizations and charities. He is a member of the World Wildlife Fund Canada Board of Directors and is a former Chairman of the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors. He currently sits on the board of the Halifax International Airport Authority and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Areas of Practice

John's Background

  • 1984: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1981: Bachelor of Arts, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2003 - Present: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2000 - 2003: Partner, Cox Hanson O'Reilly Matheson, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1991 - 2000: Partner, Waterbury Newton, Kentville, Nova Scotia
  • 1985 - 1991: Associate, Waterbury Newton, Kentville, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
Community Activities
  • Board and Executive Committee Member - Halifax International Airport Authority (Chair - Capital Projects Committee)
  • Capital Campaign Cabinet - Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation
  • Former Member – Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation Advisory Council
  • Board Member - World Wildlife Fund, Canada
  • Chair - World Wildlife Fund Canada, Atlantic Advisory Council
  • Committee Member - Queen's Counsel Advisory Committee
  • Former Member of the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation Transition Team
  • Saint Mary’s University, Former Chair of: Board of Governors; Presidential Search, President’s Performance and Compensation Committees; Advisory Committee to the President on Labour Relations; Finance, Human Resources, Government and Corporate Affairs Committees
  • Former Member - Saint Mary's University Capital Campaign Committee
  • Former Chair - Rogers Atlantic Radio Business Advisory Board (2004 -2007)
  • Former Co-Chair - 2016 Annual Meeting, Canadian University Boards Association (CUBA)
  • Former Board/Executive Committee Member and Chair of Governance Committee - ABC Canada Literacy Foundation (ABC Life Literacy) Toronto, Ontario (2002-2012)
  • Former Vice Chair and Director - Nova Scotia PGI Golf Tournaments for Literacy Society
  • Former Liberal Co-Chair- 2000 Federal Election Campaign, Nova Scotia
  • Former President - Kings County Liberal Association
  • Former Secretary - Kings County Barristers' Society (1999-2000)
  • Former Vice Chair - Fundraising Committee, Apple Tree Landing Children's Centre (1997)
  • Former Chair and Co-Chair - Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy (1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Former Board Member - King's County Big Brothers/Big Sisters (1987 - 1992)
  • Former Campaign Cabinet Member - Halifax United Way Campaign (2004)
  • Former Chair - Canada Pension Review Tribunal (1998-2001)
Awards & Honours
  • Doctor of Civil Law, Honoris Causa - Saint Mary's University (2017)
  • Bertha Wilson Honour Society (2016)
  • Honourary Gold "M" Saint Mary's University Students Association (2015)
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2012-2019)
  • Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service (2014)
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Queen's Counsel (2008)
  • Canadian Bar Association Community Service Award (2005)
  • Peter Gzowski Award (1995)
  • Canada 125 Medal (1992)