Mike Brooker spent his early years living in Nova Scotia, but his father was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces so he “grew up all over the place.”
While he graduated from high school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mike chose to return to his roots in Nova Scotia and attend Dalhousie University for his undergraduate degree. He ended up staying at Dalhousie for law school, and decided to build his career in Nova Scotia upon graduation.
Mike joined Burchell MacDougall’s Truro office in 1984 and began working from the Halifax office a few years later. When the firm opened an office in Wolfville in 2002, he and his wife opted to relocate to the Annapolis Valley and continue with his practice out of the Wolfville office.
“Wolfville is a great town to raise kids in,” he says “so, we moved our family here.” Mike noted that his practice is a provincial based practice and although he frequently travels “most of my work takes me to Halifax but Wolfville is home”.
Mike has been practicing with Burchell MacDougall for over thirty years and his main focus is on personal injury and insurance law. Mike brings a unique perspective to his practice. “I started off working exclusively for plaintiffs, which gave me insight into the issues injured people deal with on a daily basis.” He explained that “over time, I began working with insurers as well and I believe the combined experience has given me a solid understanding of the particular issues that both sides must consider when attempting to resolve a case.”
Most lawyers who represent insurance companies have never represented an injured party, so Mike’s experience gives him the “ability to assess things reasonably and fairly; I understand the needs of both parties and am able to effectively advocate on behalf of whichever party I am representing in that particular case.”
As for his time outside of the office, Mike advised that when his children were young “our lives revolved around children’s activities which included swimming, rugby and hockey”. Mike adds “our children are now grown up so we currently spend time on our own interests which include home improvement projects and gardening”.
Professional Qualifications & Education:
- Queen’s Counsel Designation, 2002
- Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1985
- Dalhousie University (B.A. (Hons.)), 1981
- Dalhousie University (LL.B.). 1984
Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:
- Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, King’s County Bar Society
- Member, Medical Legal Society of Nova Scotia
- Past Member and Chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Member and former Chair, Insurance Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch)
- Secretary, Acadia Minor Hockey Association
- Board Member, Lawyer’s Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS)
- Member, LIANS Claims Review Committee
- Civil Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Insurance Litigation
- Environmental Litigation
- Municipal Law
- Have represented clients in all levels of Courts in Nova Scotia including in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
- Bringing and defending lawsuits in many areas, including commercial matters, real property, probate, and environmental law.
- Advising persons injured in accidents
- Resolving personal injury claims
- Recovering monies for clients who are injured
- Bringing lawsuits to collect monies for clients injured in accidents, including motor vehicles and other motorized vehicles
- Advising clients respecting insurance law and the policy provisions
- Defending claims for which indemnity is provided under the terms of an insurance policy.
- Assessing coverage and liability on behalf of insurance clients
- Advancing subrogated insurance claims on behalf of insurance club
- Trial advocacy
- Assisting clients with Section B claims
- Contingency matters where appropriate
- Advising clients on environmental law and issues
- Representing clients seeking to recover the costs and losses associated with environmental mishaps and in particular oil tank failures.