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Robert L. Miedema, TEP

(902) 460-3409(902) 463-7500rmiedema@boyneclarke.ca
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Sandra Turner
sturner@boyneclarke.ca
"I like to help clients develop the strategy from which success evolves."

About Robert

Rob is a trusted counsellor of business owners and philanthropists. He practices law with a customer-service orientation characterized by pragmatism, creativity and collaboration.

At BOYNECLARKE LLP, Rob is a partner and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He practices corporate, tax and charity law and estate planning from within the firm’s business law group. Rob has been peer-rated and recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers In Canada” in tax law (2016-2021), trusts and estates (2017-2021), corporate law (2018-2021) and mergers & acquisitions (2020-2021). When he was younger, he was also peer-rated and recognized as one of “Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40” (2014).

Rob has completed Parts I, II and III of the In-Depth Tax Course offered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada), as well as Advanced Tax Issues courses concerning Owner-Managed Business and Corporate Reorganizations. In 2014, he received his Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP) after successfully completing STEP Canada’s Qualified Practitioner Program, earning an award for top essay marks in the process.

Outside the firm, Rob has remained involved in legal education. After teaching graduate courses for two years in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management (2008 and 2009), Rob became a sessional instructor at the Schulich School of Law, teaching nine courses in business association law and one course in environmental law. Rob is the author of Nova Scotia Companies Act & Commentary (2021), published by LexisNexis Canada – having taken over the task of editing and updating the book originally written by his co-author in the 2018/19 (i.e. 4th) edition. He writes and lectures frequently about various topics within his practice areas.

Rob recently fulfilled full terms on the Board of Directors of the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation and the audit committee of the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia. He has held long-time memberships in the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Canadian Bar Association. He is a former director of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – Nova Scotia Chapter and a founding director of the East Coast Environmental Law Association.

Areas of Practice

Robert's Background

Education
  • Completed Advanced Tax Issues courses concerning Owner-Managed Business and Corporate Reorganizations offered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada) in 2012 and 2013
  • Completed Parts I, II & III of the In-Depth Tax Course offered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • 2005: LL.B., Dalhousie University Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law
  • Certificate of Specialization in Business Law
  • 2002: Bachelor of Science, Honours, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Employment
  • 2014 - Present: Partner and Executive Committee Member, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2012 - 2014: Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2008 - 2013: Sessional Instructor/ Part-Time Faculty, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2006 - 2011: Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 - 2006: Articled Clerk, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2004: Summer Student, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Association
  • Member - STEP Canada
  • Member - Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Past Audit Committee - Lawyers' Insurance Association of Nova Scotia
  • Past Member - Domus Legis Society Executive, Dalhousie Law School
  • Past Member - Queen's Golden Gaels Football Club
Community Activities
  • Board Member - Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation
  • Past Audit Committee - Lawyers' Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS)
  • Past Director and Chair of Board's Governance Committee - East Coast Environmental Law Association (2007 - 2013)
  • Past Chair - CBA-NS Energy, Environment and Resource Law Section
  • Past Director - Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society - Nova Scotia Chapter
Awards & Honours
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2016-2021)
  • 2014: Lexpert® Rising Star - One of Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • 2014: Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP)
  • Edward C. Foley Award, Dalhousie University
Publications
  • R. Daren Baxter & Robert Miedema, "Trusts - The Twenty-One Year Rule", 2013 Atlantic Provinces Tax Conference (Halifax: Canadian Tax Foundation, November 2013)
  • Greg Leslie, Robert Miedema & Chris Dobbin, "Financing a Tax Planned Business Transfer". 2014 Atlantic Provinces Tax Conference (Halifax: Canadian Tax Foundation, November 2014)
  • Robert Miedema, 5th Edition of the Nova Scotia Companies Act & Commentary (2021)