Tom MacEwan

Legal Assistant: Janet Hislop

Tom joined Patterson Law in 2017 after having served as CAO of the Municipality of the County of Kings for four years.  Prior to the CAO role he practiced in the Valley for 12 years and worked as a crown attorney from 2001 to 2005.  As a member of our litigation group, Tom focuses his practice on municipal law, labour and employment matters, and civil litigation.  

  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2000
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1999)
  • M.A. in Politics, International Relations (University of Windsor, 1996)
  • B.A. in Political Science (Saint Mary`s University, 1995)
  • Has advised on all aspects of administrative law, contracts law and employment & labour law; offering strong effective representation where workplace disputes arise and valuable insight into the best way to establish and implement realistic and reliable human resource management practices. 
  • Is regularly called upon by corporate and institutional clients to provide legal advice to boards, by-law review, service agreements, employment contracts, wrongful dismissal, human rights matters, workers compensation issues, Labour Code matters, Collective Bargaining, Labour Arbitrations, OH&S reviews, employment policies and procedures, and human resource management. 
  • As Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipality of the County of Kings, was head of the administrative branch of the government of the Municipality. 
  • As Senior Municipal Administrator of the Municipality of the County of Kings, was responsible for the overall performance and internal procedures of the organization and directed a team of managers, supervisors and support staff in managing the affairs of the Municipality and to deliver efficient and effective public services. 
  • Advised Council of the Municipality on the appointment, employment, suspension or dismissal of Department Heads or Officers. Managed labour and employment issues of the Municipality including appointment, employment, suspension or dismissal of employees both in accordance with procedures laid down in the collective agreement and those not covered by collective bargaining agreements. 
  • Acted as bargaining agent for the Municipality in the negotiation of contracts between the Municipality and trade unions.
  • As a Per Diem Crown Attorney, was responsible for the prosecution of criminal code and provincial offences, serving the areas of Pictou County, Antigonish, Sheet Harbour and Kentville.

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society

Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Coach, Acadia Minor Hockey, IP & Novice (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • Manager & Coach, Kentville Minor Baseball (2011, 2012)
  • Board of Directors, Peopleworx (2009, 2010)
  • Part-time Faculty, Business Law, Acadia University (January-April, 2012)
  • Part-time Faculty, Family Law, Acadia University (August-December, 2010)
  • Facilitator, Parent Education Program, Family Court (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Representative - Faculty Council, University of Windsor (1995-1996)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Windsor (1995-1996)

Qualifications

  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2000
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1999)
  • M.A. in Politics, International Relations (University of Windsor, 1996)
  • B.A. in Political Science (Saint Mary`s University, 1995)

Experience

  • Has advised on all aspects of administrative law, contracts law and employment & labour law; offering strong effective representation where workplace disputes arise and valuable insight into the best way to establish and implement realistic and reliable human resource management practices.
  • Is regularly called upon by corporate and institutional clients to provide legal advice to boards, by-law review, service agreements, employment contracts, wrongful dismissal, human rights matters, workers compensation issues, Labour Code matters, Collective Bargaining, Labour Arbitrations, OH&S reviews, employment policies and procedures, and human resource management.
  • As Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipality of the County of Kings, was head of the administrative branch of the government of the Municipality.
  • As Senior Municipal Administrator of the Municipality of the County of Kings, was responsible for the overall performance and internal procedures of the organization and directed a team of managers, supervisors and support staff in managing the affairs of the Municipality and to deliver efficient and effective public services.
  • Advised Council of the Municipality on the appointment, employment, suspension or dismissal of Department Heads or Officers.
  • Managed labour and employment issues of the Municipality including appointment, employment, suspension or dismissal of employees both in accordance with procedures laid down in the collective agreement and those not covered by collective bargaining agreements.
  • Acted as bargaining agent for the Municipality in the negotiation of contracts between the Municipality and trade unions.
  • As a Per Diem Crown Attorney, was responsible for the prosecution of criminal code and provincial offences, serving the areas of Pictou County, Antigonish, Sheet Harbour and Kentville. 

Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society

Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Coach, Acadia Minor Hockey, IP & Novice (2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • Manager & Coach, Kentville Minor Baseball (2011, 2012)
  • Board of Directors, Peopleworx (2009, 2010)

Publications & Presentations

  • Part-time Faculty, Business Law, Acadia University (January-April, 2012)
  • Part-time Faculty, Family Law, Acadia University (August-December, 2010)
  • Facilitator, Parent Education Program, Family Court (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Representative - Faculty Council, University of Windsor (1995-1996)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Windsor (1995-1996)