Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, John Rafferty moved to Nova Scotia to attend Saint Mary’s University. It was there he earned his Bachelor of Arts, which he followed up with a year of graduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, before returning to SMU for his Bachelor of Education.
John spent a little over a year teaching math before deciding to pursue the law at Dalhousie University. He articled with Burchell MacDougall LLP’s Truro office, and joined the firm as an associate in 1977.
“Burchell MacDougall appealed to me because I wanted to get out of the city, but not too far. My friend John MacDougall, son of founding partner Lorne MacDougall, was working here and had great things to say about the firm.”
John’s practice is diverse, and includes municipal and personal injury law. He serves as the solicitor for the Town of Truro, as well as being a litigator for personal injury plaintiffs.
“Personal injury has really become a specialized practice, and most PI lawyers are in the city. Burchell MacDougall is here; we’re convenient, accessible and flexible for local clients.”
He also works with the Lawyer’s Insurance Association of Nova Scotia in regards to negligence claims, and with the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society as a receiver for the practices of lawyers who have passed away or been disbarred.
John was appointed Queens Counsel in 1995.
Outside of the office, he has been involved with the Meals on Wheels program in Truro since its inception. He also enjoys gardening, playing duplicate bridge, and sailing a small boat.