Brian W. Stilwell

Originally from Saint John, Brian Stilwell attended the University of New Brunswick for his undergraduate degree. He was in the midst of completing a Master’s in economics when the law caught his interest.

Brian remained at the University of New Brunswick for his law studies and “fell in love with the law.”

After passing the bar in 1976, Brian spent some time in private practice in Saint John before moving to Bridgewater and working for a business development bank in Halifax.

While with the bank, Brian gained experience in the areas of foreclosure, commercial and banking law.

After deciding to return to private practice, he joined Burchell MacDougall LLP’s Truro office in 1986. Brian’s practice focuses on insolvency and commercial law.

With 40 years behind him, his “experience benefits my clients, as does my love for what I do.”

Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 38 years, as well as taking drives from his home in Bedford to Crystal Crescent Beach and Bridgewater.

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

Practice Areas

Corporate Commercial Law

Commercial Litigation

Tax Law

Insolvency & Reorganizations

Environmental Law



Professional Qualifications & Education:

New Brunswick Bar Admission 1976

Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1978

University of New Brunswick (B.A.(Hons.), 1971)

University of New Brunswick (LL.B., 1976)


Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Frequent lecturer on matters involving corporate, commercial and insolvency law for the Institute of Canadian Bankers, New Brunswick Continuing Legal Education, Nova Scotia Bar Admission Course, and local business groups and organizations.



Corporate Commercial Law

Providing advice on corporate matters

Representing clients in the purchase or sale of companies

Preparing agreements for corporations, including shareholder and franchise agreements

Negotiating and preparing commercial lease agreements


Commercial Litigation

Advising clients on commercial litigation

Bringing and defending commercial lawsuits

Negotiating and resolving commercial disputes of all kinds

Collecting monies owed to clients


Tax Law

Providing income tax and other taxation advice and representation

Designing numerous complex tax efficient corporations and reorganizations

Estate planning and succession plans for businesses


Insolvency & Reorganizations

Advising clients respecting insolvency and Reorganzations

Restructuring companies in financial difficulty

Acting for Trustees in Bankruptcy, Receivers of insolvent companies and Bankrupt clients

Providing advice


Environmental Law

Advising clients respecting environmental laws, regulations and requirements

Defending alleged environmental offences

Brian's Support Staff

Bartlett, Mallory - Legal Assistant (

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