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John S. Fitzpatrick, QC

(902) 460-3420(902)
Practice Manager
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 Creditor Practice Team Lead.

John was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2008 and has been included in The 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.

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
  • 1998 – 2000: Chair, Canada Pension Review Tribunal
  • 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
  • Member - Institute of Corporate Directors (I.C.D.) Maritime Chapter
Community Activities
  • Board Member - Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign
  • Board Member - Halifax International Airport Authority (Chair - Capital Projects Committee)
  • Board Member - World Wildlife Fund, Canada: Chair, Governance Committee, and Member, Executive Committee
  • Former Co-Chair - Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation 2019 Annual Tribute Dinner
  • Former Member - Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation Advisory Council
  • Former Committee Member - Queen's Counsel Advisory Committee
  • Former Chair - Saint Mary's University Board of Governors
  • Former Committee Chair - Saint Mary's University: Executive, Presidential Search, President's Performance and Compensation; Advisory to the President on Labour Relations.
  • Former Committee Chair - Saint Mary's University: Finance, Human Resources, and Corporate Affairs.
  • Former Member - Saint Mary's University Capital Campaign Committee
  • Former Member - Saint Mary’s University - Enactus Advisory Board
  • Former Co-Chair - Annual Meeting, Canadian University Boards Association (CUBA)
  • Former Chair - Rogers Atlantic Radio Business Advisory Board
  • Former Board and Executive Committee Member, Governance Chair, 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
  • 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)
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® (2012-2022)
  • 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)