Our History

It`s no coincidence that the founder of a law firm that is as steeped in history as ours, turned out to be quite an historian himself. Still today, our lawyers integrate some of their life passions into their professional practice of law.

In 1928, Frank Patterson founded what is today known as Patterson Law. For 50 years, the then Patterson Smith Matthews & Grant offered exceptional legal work from its Truro office. A merger in 1986 with Halifax-based Kitz Matheson led to the birth of a truly provincial law firm known as Patterson Kitz, offering full service legal work to clients across Nova Scotia.

Just nine years later, in 1995, through mergers with firms in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, it grew to become Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy, with offices in all four Atlantic Provinces. 

In 2005, the Nova Scotia offices of Patterson Palmer decided to curtail their geographical growth. While some of Patterson Palmer`s lawyers joined two of the larger regional firms, lawyers in the Truro and Halifax offices bucked the trend of “bigger is better”, and Patterson Law was born, or reborn.

The firm is dedicated to the principles established when Frank Patterson hung out the shingle over 85 years ago. We offer the same personable, straightforward client service that he and his colleagues did and value our reputation perhaps even more. The tradition of a loyal and responsive law practice continues.

Key Dates    




A Truro law firm was established which ultimately became Patterson Smith Matthews & Grant, a firm with a province-wide practice in litigation. 



Merger with Kitz Matheson creates Patterson Kitz.



Patterson Kitz merges with NB`s Palmer, O`Connell, Leger, Roderick, Glennie, Nfld`s Halley Hunt and PEI`s Ross Hooley Douglas Murphy to become Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy.



Merger with Daley Black & Moreira, becomes Patterson Palmer.



The PEI, NB and NL offices of Patterson Palmer agree to merge with Cox Hanson. 



Patterson Law is founded with offices in Halifax and Truro, NS.



Merger with tax boutique Harris Neonakis.



Merger with Goodman MacDonald, expanding Patterson Law's reach to New Glasgow.



Merger with Coady Filliter.



Merger with Walker Law Inc.