Michael M. Kennedy

Legal Assistant: Fran Clothier

Client relationships are the foundation of Michael’s practice. His corporate/commercial practice focuses on corporate transactions and financing, resource development and real estate development.

Michael was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2018 in the field of Real Estate Law.


  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1981
  • BSc., Major in Mathematics (Dalhousie University, 1974)
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1980)
  • Masters of Science (studies in Mathematics and Physical Oceanography including numerical modeling studies of the impact of tidal power development) (Dalhousie University, 1976-1977)
  • Mediation, including Multi-party Mediation at UPEI

  • Michael’s corporate transaction experience includes acquisition, development and financing for public and private developments. He also provides legal counsel for banks and other financial institutions.
  • His resource development experience, strengthened by his science background, has included leading public utility acquisitions of land and rights for wind power and biomass generation.
  • Michael’s busy real estate practice is varied and includes work on P-3 type developments as well as provision of legal services for public and private commercial firms.
  • Michael is also a mediator, having completed the Mediation Designation at UPEI
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), 
Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Member of various plan review committees for local municipalities
  • Board of Directors, Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Board of Directors, Fort Sackville Foundation
  • Personal interests include playing piano, salmon fishing, golf and competitive sailing
  • Course materials and lectures, “Introduction to Real Estate Management I and II”, Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University, 2010-2014
  • Paper Presentations, “Commercial Leasing in Atlantic Canada”, “Professional Responsibility in the David and Goliath Context”, “Iron Clad Case” and “The Life Cycle of a Lease”, Annual ICSC Canadian Law Conference, 2010-2014
  • Presentations, CBA Refresher Courses on commercial leases, 2011 and 2012
  • Numerous presentations to BOMA including “Rights and Remedies of Commercial Landlords”, “Green Leases” (2012), “Leasing Law Update to the National meeting of BOMA (2013)
  • Lectures on the Law and its application to resource development within Treaty 9 in Northwestern Ontario, Lakehead University, 2012 and 2013
  • Presentation on resource development to a remote First Nations Reserve, (“KI”), Ontario, 2012
  • Presentation on the duty to consult to the “I Do Business” Conference in 2013 Presentation to the Association of Paralegals on Treaty Rights and the Duty to Consult, 2013

Qualifications

  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1981
  • BSc., Major in Mathematics (Dalhousie University, 1974)
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1980)
  • Masters of Science (studies in Mathematics and Physical Oceanography including numerical modeling studies of the impact of tidal power development) (Dalhousie University, 1976-1977)
  • Mediation, including Multi-party Mediation at UPEI
Experience
  • Michael’s corporate transaction experience includes acquisition, development and financing for public and private developments. He also provides legal counsel for banks and other financial institutions.
  • His resource development experience, strengthened by his science background, has included leading public utility acquisitions of land and rights for wind power and biomass generation.
  • Michael’s busy real estate practice is varied and includes work on P-3 type developments as well as provision of legal services for public and private commercial firms.
  • Michael is also a mediator, having completed the Mediation Designation at UPEI
Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC)
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), 
Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Member of various plan review committees for local municipalities
  • Board of Directors, Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Board of Directors, Fort Sackville Foundation
  • Personal interests include playing piano, salmon fishing, golf and competitive sailing
Publications & Presentations
  • Course materials and lectures, “Introduction to Real Estate Management I and II”, Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University, 2010-2014
  • Paper Presentations, “Commercial Leasing in Atlantic Canada”, “Professional Responsibility in the David and Goliath Context”, “Iron Clad Case” and “The Life Cycle of a Lease”, Annual ICSC Canadian Law Conference, 2010-2014
  • Presentations, CBA Refresher Courses on commercial leases, 2011 and 2012
  • Numerous presentations to BOMA including “Rights and Remedies of Commercial Landlords”, “Green Leases” (2012), “Leasing Law Update to the National meeting of BOMA (2013)
  • Lectures on the Law and its application to resource development within Treaty 9 in Northwestern Ontario, Lakehead University, 2012 and 2013
  • Presentation on resource development to a remote First Nations Reserve, (“KI”), Ontario, 2012
  • Presentation on the duty to consult to the “I Do Business” Conference in 2013 Presentation to the Association of Paralegals on Treaty Rights and the Duty to Consult, 2013