Stephen J. Topshee

Steve graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, followed by a Master of Arts from Gonzaga University.

After graduating from the University of New Brunswick with his LL.B. in 1989, Steve returned to Truro to begin his practice with Burchell MacDougall LLP. He is now a partner with the firm.

Steve has been practicing personal injury law and handling Long Term Disability, Canada Pension Plan and Workers’ Compensation Board appeals for over 30 years.

With his experience, he knows how the appeal systems work and can help his clients navigate the process. He has also represented personal injury claims in all levels of court, and has successfully achieved large settlements.

“I’m committed to ensuring my clients receive fair compensation for all claims, be it personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, fatalities resulting from negligence, long term disability appeals or Canada Pension disability appeals.”

When not at work, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and participating in the local golf, baseball and hockey sporting communities.


ExperienceExperience & Background

ExperienceExperience & Background

Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Disability and CPP Claims


Wills and Estates



Professional Qualifications & Education:

Nova Scotia Bar Admission (1990)

St. Francis Xavier University (B.A., 1980; B.Ed., 1981)

Gonzaga University (M.A., 1985)

University of New Brunswick (LL.B., 1989)

Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society

Executive Director, Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (2003-2006)

Legal Advisor for the Nova Scotia Blind Golfers' Association

Former President, Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association

Former Board Member, Truro Sport Heritage Society

Coach, Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association

Former Legal Counsel for World Under 17 Hockey Challenge



Personal Injury

Represented many individuals injured in accidents

Represented dependents in fatal accidents

Advanced and recovered claims for past and future income loss and personal care costs


Wills, Estates, and Trusts

Provided advice and prepared wills and powers of attorney

Probated wills and advised executors and administrators on the administration of estates


Criminal Law

Successfully represented Accused Persons in Sexual Assault trials

Representing Accused Persons in Breathalyzer cases

Representing Accused Persons at Trials

Representing Accused Persons at Appeals

Representing in Bail Applications

Sentencing hearings

Weapons Offenses and other Criminal Code offenses


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