George MacDonald, Q.C.

George practices commercial litigation that spans securities, defamation, construction, insurance, professional, directors and officers liability, and shareholder disputes.

In 2014, George was named Halifax Class Action Litigation Lawyer of the Year. He was also awarded a Lexpert® Zenith Award as one of 57 lawyers in Canada who have demonstrated leadership in the practice of law for more than 42 years. George was nationally recognized by Benchmark Canada as Atlantic Litigator of the Year in 2012. Benchmark Canada 2015 also listed him as one of the 25 trial lawyers in the area of construction, arbitration and commercial law. George holds an AV ranking in Martindale Hubbell, the pre-eminent legal ranking authority in the US and Canada. Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory recognizes him as a leading practitioner in each of these commercial litigation fields.

He was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada® 2019 in the fields of administrative and public law, alternative dispute resolution, appellate practice, “bet-the-company” litigation, class action litigation, construction law, corporate and commercial litigation, defamation and media law, director and officer liability law, insurance law, product liability law and securities law.

George works extensively as a mediator and arbitrator, and is also a professional engineer.

George is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. He is a Founding Fellow and past president of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. George has lectured at Dalhousie University on Engineering law and torts and civil procedure. He participates frequently in continuing education programs organized by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and the Board of Governors of the Technical University of Nova Scotia and is a former member of the Board of Governors at Dalhousie University.

Year of Call
Nova Scotia, 1970

Law School
Dalhousie University, 1970

B. Eng. (Electrical), Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1965