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J.W. Stephen Johnston

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"Justice can be an elusive concept for many in our society. An experienced Lawyer should be capable of leveling the playing field when pursuing individual claims against a much larger insurance industry. I believe my in-depth background places me in a unique position to effectively bring fairness to all those that have been negatively affected by another."

About J.W. Stephen

J.W. Stephen Johnston practices in the area of personal injury and insurance litigation and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Bar for 32 years, appearing in front of all levels of court in Nova Scotia. In addition, he has been a Small Claims Court Adjudicator for 15 years and has generated hundreds of decisions over that period of time, including a diverse range of legal issues.

Stephen has worked in the insurance industry for 26 years, initially as a senior claims analyst, and more recently, as senior in-house defence counsel.

His primary focus over the past twenty years has been in the defence of personal injury claims for the largest personal and commercial insurer in Canada. He has developed an intimate understanding of the workings of the insurance industry in regards to both personal injury claims and the interpretation of personal and commercial coverage's.

Areas of Practice

J.W. Stephen's Background

  • 1986: Bachelor of Laws, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1978: Bachelor of Arts, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 2018: Counsel, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 2003 - 2018: Small Claims Court Adjudicator, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 2000-2018: In-house Counsel, Intact Insurance, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1991 - 2000: Claims Analyst, ING Insurance, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1987 - 1991: Associate Lawyer, Miller & Associates, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1981 - 1983: Educator, Queen Elizabeth High School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Guest Presenter - Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Presenter - 2013 APLA Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia