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Injury Board Attorney Member

John McKiggan


Practice Areas

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Head & Brain Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Sexual Abuse Compenation Claims
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Defective & Dangerous Products
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home & Elder Abuse
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

John's Biography

My practice is devoted to providing peace of mind to persons who have suffered serious injuries; particularly those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and medical malpractice.

In the course of my 22 years of practice I have been fortunate to have met and represented two individuals who changed the direction of my career.

For 15 years I represented Nora Bernard in the first class action filed against the federal government for compensation for loss of language and culture for survivors of Indian Residential Schools. I represent hundreds of former residents of Indian Residential Schools.

I became a member of the committee that negotiated the landmark national class action settlement on behalf of Indian Residential School Students. The largest class action settlement in Canadian history.

As a result, I regularly receive referrals from, and cooperate with, lawyers from across Canada in class action claims.

I represent Ronald Martin in a class action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish on behalf of survivors of childhood abuse by priests. This claim was the first successful class action against the Roman Catholic Church.

As a result, I was asked to present to The Canadian Institute’s National Conference on Institutional Liability for Sexual Abuse.

I was selected to participate in the Ten Most Significant Class Action Decisions of the Past Year at Osgoode Hall’s 7th National Symposium on Class Actions.

The Antigonish class action was featured as a cover story in Canadian Lawyer magazine.

I regularly receive referrals from lawyers throughout Atlantic Canada for claims involving medical malpractice, and historical sexual abuse.

I am a frequent contributor and guest speaker at legal conferences throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario and the rest of the world.

I have received the honour of Queen's Counsel, for my contributions to the legal profession and I have also been named by my peers to the Best Lawyers in Canada and Canadian Legal Lexpert Directories.

 I have been a strong supporter of the Atlantic Province’s Trial Lawyers Association since it’s inception and I had the honour of being elected president of A.P.T.L.A. by my fellow trial lawyers.




Other Activities, Interests, and Memberships

I have written and lectured extensively throughout the world about personal injury claims, sexual abuse claims, medical malpractice, class actions and institutional liability.

I am passionate about education and I have written several books to help educate the public about their legal rights including:

The Consumer's Guide to Medical Malpractice Claims in Canada: Why 98% of Canadian Medical Malpractice Victims Never Get a Penny in Compensation,

Crash Course: The Consumer's Guide to Car Accident Claims in Nova Scotia,

Breaking the Silence: The Survivor's Guide to Sexual Abuse Claims, and

Proving the Invisible Injury: The Survivor's Guide to Brain Injury Claims.

I also publish several blogs discussing news, legal issues and new developments in my areas of practice including:

The Halifax Medical Malpractice Lawyer Blog,

The Halifax Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, and

The Sexual Abuse Claims Blog

When I'm not practicing, writing or lecturing about the law or spending time with my family, I sit on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia, I chair the School Advisory Committee at my sons' school and I volunteer performing Children's Magic for Sunday Schools, Schools, and our local Children's Hospital.