John Rafferty, KC


John has retired from active practice and is now Counsel to Burchell MacDougall LLP.

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 was appointed Kings Counsel in 1995.

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.

  • Qualifications & Education

    Professional Qualifications & Education

    Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1977

    St. Mary's University (B.A., 1971, B. Ed., 1973)

    McMaster University

    Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1977)

    Kings Counsel Appointment 1995.


    Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations

    Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

    Former Director and Past Chair of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Liability Claims Fund

    Former Director, Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association

    Treasurer, East End Meals on Wheels

    Past Secretary and Director, Colchester Community Workshops Foundation


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