Ian Dunbar of McInnes Cooper One Of Canada’s Top Lawyers Under 40

Ian Dunbar of McInnes Cooper is one of three Maritime lawyers recently named to the Under 40 Hotlist for top lawyers in Canada.

The second-annual list is put together by Benchmark, which covers the litigation and disputes market in North America. Benchmark also publishes an Under 40 Hotlist for the U.S.

Benchmark said that Dunbar, who works in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, was selected because of work he did that set precedents in the litigation field.

“Dunbar … represented the successful land owners within a subdivision, who obtained a declaration that they hold a right of way over a piece of land used to access a lake,” said Benchmark. “The decision is a precedent, as it confirms that an expressly granted right of way that is being used will survive being omitted by the lawyer migrating title to the land registration system.”

Adam Crane, a litigator with Patterson Law in Halifax, and Tipper McEwan in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey also made the list.

In citing Crane’s accomplishments, Benchmark said he “is lead counsel for financial institutions and lenders in relation to debt recovery and insolvency matters, and is currently acting as Nova Scotia lead counsel for a lender on a multi-million-dollar loan involving real estate ventures across Canada. He is also lead counsel for plaintiffs in an ongoing wrongful death matter involving a medical device manufacturer, surgeon and hospital/health authority; and is also lead counsel for a number of plaintiffs in historic sexual abuse cases involving school boards, sports organizations and the Province of Nova Scotia.”

McEwan practices in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, and real property litigation.

“McEwan was co-counsel at appeal and at trial for the defendant in a case in which the plaintiff was found two-thirds at fault for a motor vehicle accident, awarded $27,000 for pain and suffering for her injuries, and her Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits were deducted from her award for loss of earning capacity. The Court of Appeal upheld the trial decision,” said Benchmark, citing McEwan’s accomplishments.

“McEwan was also second chair for the expropriating municipality in an expropriation matter in which the claimant executed a development agreement with the owner of the expropriated land and alleged that but for the expropriation it would have advanced the development of a liquid natural gas project. The claimant sought $9 million in compensation, and was awarded significantly less.”