Tammy C. MacKenzie

Born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Tammy MacKenzie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University before going on to law school at Dalhousie University.

While in law school, Tammy most enjoyed the Legal Aid Clinic; “It was a great experience, handling client files and gaining a first-hand understanding of the legal system.”

Tammy articled with Burchell MacDougall LLP’s Truro office, and joined the firm as an associate when she was admitted to the bar in 1999.

Her practice focuses exclusively on family law.

“It allows me to focus all of my attention on a diverse and constantly evolving practice area, and keep up-to-date on changes, new rulings and case law.”

She is a member of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia, and also represents children and guardian ad litem in child protection proceedings.

In her free time, Tammy is in the process of getting her pilot’s licence, inspired by firm partner Jim Stonehouse, who has been a pilot for many years.

Tammy has a granddaughter who keeps her busy, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Colchester Community Workshop Foundation.

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

Practice Areas

Family Law



Professional Qualifications & Education:

Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1999

Saint Mary's University (B.A., 1995)

Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1998)


Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, Colchester County Barristers' Association

Member, Association of Collaborative Family Law Lawyers of Nova Scotia (www.collaborativefamilylawyers.ca)

Vice Chair, Colchester Community Workshops Foundation

Member-At-Large, Canadian Bar Association-Nova Scotia Council

Volunteer Facilitator, Parent Information Program



Family Law

Successfully represented clients in Family Court, Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in all maters of family law including:



Custody & Access

Child and Spousal Support

Variance of custody and support Orders

Property Division


Common-law relationship breakdown

Assisted clients in negotiating and drafting family contracts, including:

Separation Agreements

Divorce Settlement Agreements

Marriage contracts

Cohabitation Agreements

Collaborative Family Law and Family Mediation

Tammy's Support Staff

Sponagle, Samantha - Legal Assistant (ssponagle@burchellmacdougall.com)

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