Welcome to Dan MacDonald Law

Dan MacDonald Barrister and SolicitorDan MacDonald | Barrister and Solicitor

My road to a law practice has been one less travelled. I had enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in marine operations, training and education with Transport Canada and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans before making the decision to pursue a law degree in 2001. Four years and child number three later, I was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar.

Beyond the practice of law, I have considerable experience in International Relations with involvement in a wide range of initiatives throughout the maritime world including marine infrastructure work plan development under NAFTA, numerous technical cooperation and development initiatives under the aegis of the International Maritime Organization, a number of other marine operations and port development initiatives in addition to a five-year involvement in a Mid-East Peace Process, Track-Two diplomatic mission, known as MarSaf.

The focus of my practice lies mainly in the areas of civil and criminal litigation, property law, administrative law, employment law, and marine law. I have experience, and a growing interest, in corporate governance and aboriginal law in the context of Canada's tripartite negotiations.

My practice philosophy is centered on attentive and responsive client service. I make it my priority to offer practical solutions to my clients' legal problems and while I appreciate the importance of the adversarial system of litigation, I acknowledge the value of alternative dispute resolution as a cost-effective response to a wide range of legal issues.


LLB Dalhousie Law School -Specialization in Marine Law (Marine and Environmental Law Program)
BA – Cape Breton University - Certificate in International Relations


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Cape Breton Barristers Society
Canadian Maritime Law Assoc.
Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers Assoc.