Robert H. Purdy

Robert M. Purdy, QC

Legal Assistant: Christopher Kanaski

With over 36 years of experience, Rob Purdy has brought outstanding legal expertise in the areas of civil litigation and insurance law to Patterson Law. He has represented clients at all levels of court in Nova Scotia and in the Supreme Court of Canada, including those in high-profile civil and criminal cases. Rob`s passion for law is demonstrated in his lectures on personal injury and insurance law that he has given at insurance industry and Bar seminars. He is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada for Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Rob was named a "Local Litigation Star" in the Atlantics since 2013 by Benchmark Litigation Canada for his work in Personal Injury and Insurance Law, and as a leading practitioner in Lexpert's Canadian Legal Directory.

  • Appointed Queen`s Counsel, 1995
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1976
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1976)
  • B.A. with Honours (Dalhousie University, 1974) 
  • Has significant experience in personal injury, insurance and medical malpractice cases
  • Has significant experience in jury cases, both civil and criminal
  • Has appeared in all levels of court
  • Has appeared before various Provincial boards and tribunals
  • Has extensive mediation training and has acted as mediator in cases involving personal injury and insurance issues
  • Has represented clients at numerous arbitrations and mediations
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the areas of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation
  • Named Best Lawyers` 2014 Halifax Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Bar Council 1995-1998
  • Vice-President, NS Medical-Legal Society
  • Member, Q.C. Appointments Advisory Committee
  • Past member, NSBS Distinguished Service Award Committee        
  • Past member, Federal Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments        
  • Past member, NSBS Subcommittee on Professional Fees
  • Canadian Bar Association, NS Branch Council (2001-2009)
  • Past Vice Chair, Discipline Subcommittee "A" for NSBS
  • Past member, Supreme Court Liaison Subcommittee
  • Past President, Colchester County Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Patterson Law Insurance Practice Group
  • Past managing partner, Patterson Kitz, Truro
  • Chaired Subcommittee on Infant Settlement Approval procedure
Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Past National President, Dalhousie Law Alumni Association
  • Has served as Chair of the Executive Council and Chair of the Board of Stewards of St. Andrew`s United Church, Truro
  • Has served as Chair and long term Board member of the Colchester YMCA
  • Has served as President and long term member of the Truro-Bill Hill Liberal Association 
  • Personal Injury and Insurance law lectures at various insurance industry and Bar seminars
  • Preparation of Insurance Law materials for the Bar Admission Course 

Qualifications

  • Appointed Queen`s Counsel, 1995
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1976
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1976)
  • B.A. with Honours (Dalhousie University, 1974) 

Experience

  • Has significant experience in personal injury, insurance and medical malpractice cases
  • Has significant experience in jury cases, both civil and criminal
  • Has appeared in all levels of court
  • Has appeared before various Provincial boards and tribunals
  • Has extensive mediation training and has acted as mediator in cases involving personal injury and insurance issues
  • Has represented clients at numerous arbitrations and mediations
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the areas of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation
  • Named Best Lawyers` 2014 Halifax Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Bar Council 1995-1998
  • Vice-President, NS Medical-Legal Society
  • Member, Q.C. Appointments Advisory Committee
  • Past member, NSBS Distinguished Service Award Committee        
  • Past member, Federal Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments        
  • Past member, NSBS Subcommittee on Professional Fees
  • Canadian Bar Association, NS Branch Council (2001-2009)
  • Past Vice Chair, Discipline Subcommittee "A" for NSBS
  • Past member, Supreme Court Liaison Subcommittee
  • Past President, Colchester County Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Patterson Law Insurance Practice Group
  • Past managing partner, Patterson Kitz, Truro
  • Chaired Subcommittee on Infant Settlement Approval procedure
Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities
  • Past National President, Dalhousie Law Alumni Association
  • Has served as Chair of the Executive Council and Chair of the Board of Stewards of St. Andrew`s United Church, Truro
  • Has served as Chair and long term Board member of the Colchester YMCA
  • Has served as President and long term member of the Truro-Bill Hill Liberal Association 

Publications & Presentations

  • Personal Injury and Insurance law lectures at various insurance industry and Bar seminars
  • Preparation of Insurance Law materials for the Bar Admission Course