Craig M. Garson Q.C.
It's no accident that Atlantic Canada's most versatile trial lawyer during the last thirty years is one of Canada's most sought after and respected mediators and arbitrators."
Scott C. Norton, Q.C.
Stewart McKelvey, Halifax, NS
Craig Garson brings extraordinary negotiating abilities and a wealth of courtroom experience to his practice as a mediator, arbitrator and lawyer.
During the last eighteen years Craig has mediated over 3,825 cases in seven provinces. His talents as a negotiator and litigator are integral to his success in mediating all manner of disputes, from personal injury claims, construction and professional negligence claims to employment, high net worth divorce cases, investment broker claims, contract and commercial matters. His experience has resulted in Craig being retained to mediate many cases involving multiple parties.
Craig has acted as sole arbitrator in more than twenty cases, focusing primarily on complex commercial, construction and contract disputes. When not acting as an arbitrator, Craig maintains an active international arbitration practice, representing clients in commercial disputes in ICC, UNCITRAL, SICC, SIAC, and LICA arbitrations in London, Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Istanbul, Singapore and New Delhi.
Widely acknowledged as one of Atlantic Canada's leading trial lawyers, Craig continues to maintain a selective trial and appellate practice, emphasizing serious criminal cases, complex civil and commercial cases and the defense of professional discipline matters. Craig has represented clients in more than 500 trials and more than 100 appeals. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in ten cases and both the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have retained him to represent the Crown in cases of national importance, most notably the Westray Mine Disaster.
Craig has received the highest honors from leading international organizations for his advocacy and contributions to the legal profession. In 2004 he was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Annually, he is peer-rated as a preeminent lawyer ("AV") by Martindale Hubbell.
In 2000 he became the first elected President of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society in its 250 year history.