Major Growth coming to Patterson Law’s New Glasgow Office

Patterson Law is undergoing a significant expansion of its New Glasgow office.

The longstanding Nova Scotia law firm is attracting seven new lawyers to the New Glasgow office, bringing the total number practicing out of Pictou County to 11.

“The lawyers joining Patterson Law are some of the most highly regarded lawyers in our province,” says Jennifer Hamilton Upham, the firm’s Co-Managing Partner. “Today’s announcement is the latest step in expanding our Pictou County presence in an effort to be a Nova Scotia law firm.  This growth puts Patterson Law in a stronger position to respond to the marketplace by providing clients with the legal services they want.”

The moves officially take effect October 1.  Patterson Law will also be adding a team of staff to support their new lawyers.

“We are so excited to see Pictou County lawyers, staff and clients comprise a much larger part of our firm,” says Kate Harris, Co-Managing Partner.  “These lawyers have built their practices on strong personal character, common sense advice, caring about the clients they serve and commitment to community, in particular Pictou County.”

The new lawyers joining Patterson Law’s New Glasgow office are Eric Atkinson, Joel Sellers, Julie MacPhee, Mary Jane Saunders, Mallory Arnott, Jesse MacLean, and Natasha Schigas. They will team up with lawyers Ellen Burke, Rick Goodman, Greg MacDonald and Allison Avery who are currently working out of the New Glasgow office.

A native of Quebec City, Eric Atkinson is trained in civil law, common law and European law. Eric is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Quebec Bar, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  As Counsel, Eric will continue his 30 plus year legal career in Tax and Corporate Commercial.

As Partner, Joel Sellers will lead the firm’s Pictou County Real Estate Group. Sellers has been practicing in Pictou County for over 24 years.

Julie MacPhee began her career at a large Halifax law firm and returned to her Pictou County roots in 2008. She will practice as a Partner in the firm’s Employment/Labour HR Group.

Mary Jane Saunders will head the firm’s New Glasgow Wills, Estates and Trust Group. In addition to being a Partner in the firm, Saunders has her Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation and has been providing legal advice to clients in Pictou County since 2012.

Mallory Arnott’s primary practice areas as an Associate are Family Law and Wills and Estates. Arnott has been practicing since 2014 when she started her career with a downtown Toronto law firm before moving home to Nova Scotia.

Jesse MacLean will be focusing his practice as an Associate in the Real Estate Group. Calling New Glasgow his hometown, MacLean was called to the bar in 2020.

Natasha Schigas will be practicing as an Associate in Patterson Law’s Litigation Group. A resident of New Glasgow, Schigas was called to the bar in 2020.

“Joining with Patterson Law gives all of us the ability to offer our clients the complete service, whatever their legal matter may be,” added MacPhee. “We are excited to be joining Patterson Law, a firm that already cares about and is invested in Pictou County.”

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Patterson Law is a Nova Scotia firm with offices in Halifax, Truro, Bridgewater and New Glasgow. With a tradition of client service and giving back to the community for more than 90 years, Patterson Law offers a broad range of legal resources providing solutions to individuals, companies and organizations in Nova Scotia and beyond.