Robert Hagell has more than 40 years of experience as both a litigator and a prosecutor.
He attended Saint Mary’s University for his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on history and theology. He then attended Dalhousie University for law school, where he enjoyed “the shift in thinking from the generalities of my B.A. to the specifics of law.”
During law school, Robert articled at Burchell MacDougall, but opted to join the provincial government as prosecutor after his graduation.
After many years in the prosecutor’s chair, he returned to private practice and Burchell MacDougall in 2012, with a focus on criminal and family law.
“My interest in these areas of law flowed from my experience as a prosecutor,” he explains. Robert has represented individuals in all levels of courts, trials, summary conviction appeals, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Robert lives in Cloverdale, Colchester County and practices from the firm’s Elmsdale office. He has a keen interest in politics and is the president of the Cumberland-Colchester Federal Liberal Association.
- Criminal Law
- Civil Litigation
- Family Law
Professional Qualifications & Education:
- Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1974
- St. Mary’s University (B.A., 1970)
- Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1973)
Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:
- Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Member, Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Past member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Liaison Committee Provincial Court Judges
- Past member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Ethics Committee
- Past President, Nova Scotia Government Lawyers Association
Representing individuals, adults and youth, charged with Criminal Code offences, including
- impaired driving, over .08, refused breathalyzer
- assaults, sexual assaults
- theft, fraud
- firearms, weapons
- arsons, damage to property
- criminal negligence, homicides
Representing individuals charged with federal offences, including
- Excise Act
- Fisheries Act
- Income Tax Act
Representing individuals charged with provincial offences, including
- Motor Vehicle Act
- Liquor Control Act
- Revenue Act
- Wildlife Act
Representing individuals in all levels of courts, trials, summary conviction appeals, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada