Michael R. Brooker, QC

Mike spent his early years living in Nova Scotia, but his father was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces so he “grew up all over the place.”

After he graduated from high school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mike chose to return to his roots in Nova Scotia and attend Dalhousie University for his undergraduate degree. He ended up staying at Dalhousie for law school, and decided to build his career in Nova Scotia upon graduation.

Mike joined Burchell MacDougall LLP’s Truro office in 1984 and began working from the Halifax office a few years later. When the firm opened an office in Wolfville in 2002, he and his wife opted to relocate to the Annapolis Valley and continue with his practice out of the Wolfville office.

“Wolfville is a great town to raise kids in, so, we moved our family here.” His practice is a provincially based practice and although he frequently travels, “Wolfville is home.”

Mike’s main focus is on personal injury and insurance law, and he brings a unique perspective to his practice. “I started off working exclusively for plaintiffs, which gave me insight into the issues injured people deal with on a daily basis. Over time, I began working with insurers as well and I believe the combined experience has given me a solid understanding of the particular issues that both sides must consider when attempting to resolve a case.”

Most lawyers who represent insurance companies have never represented an injured party, so Mike’s experience gives him the “ability to assess things reasonably and fairly; I understand the needs of both parties and am able to effectively advocate on behalf of whichever party I am representing in that particular case.”

As for his time outside of the office, “our children are now grown up so we currently spend time on our own interests which include home improvement projects and gardening.”

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

Personal Injury Litigation

Insurance Litigation

Regulatory and Administrative Law

 

Background

Professional Qualifications & Education:

Queen's Counsel Designation, 2002

Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1985

Dalhousie University (B.A. (Hons.)), 1981

Dalhousie University (LL.B.). 1984

 

Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, King’s County Bar Society

Member, Medical Legal Society of Nova Scotia

Past member and chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Past member and former chair, Insurance Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch)

Past board member, Lawyer’s Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS)

Past member, LIANS Claims Review Committee

 

Experience

Civil Litigation

Has represented clients in all levels of Courts in Nova Scotia, including in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

Has brought in and defended lawsuits in many areas, including personal injury and insurance litigation and administrative and regulatory law.

 

Personal Injury

Recognized as a Leading Practitioner by Lexpert

Advising people injured in accidents

Resolving personal injury claims

Recovering damages for clients who are injured

Assisting clients with Section B claioms

Bringing lawsuits to recover damages for clients injured in accidents, including motor vehicles and other motorized vehicles

 

Insurance Law

Advising clients respecting insurance law and the policy provisions

Defending claims for which indemnity is provided under the terms of an insurance policy

Assessing coverage and liability on behalf of insurance clients

Advancing subrogated insurance claims on behalf of insurance companies

Trial advocacy

 

Environmental Law

Providing advice and representation to regulatory bodies regarding member ethical, competency, and quality of service issues

Investigating member ethical, competency, and quality of service issues on behalf of self-regulated entities 

Mike's Support Staff

Kent, Geraldine - Legal Assistant (gkent@burchellmacdougall.com)

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