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Born in Montreal, Michael Maddalena has lived most of his life in Halifax. He attended Dalhousie University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics before going on to law school.

“The law was an area of interest for me,” he explains, “And it dovetailed nicely with my experience studying the origins of modern government and administration during my undergraduate degree.”

Michael was admitted to the bar in 1982, and joined Burchell MacDougall in 1999. His practice mainly serves small businesses and entrepreneurs.

“As you build a business, you deal with more complex issues, and you need a good lawyer.”

He guides business owners with estate and succession planning, as well as transferring ownership as organizations are passed to the next generation. During his more than 30 years in practice, Michael has worked and developed strong relationships with many businesses, and his client benefit from that experience.

“When you sit down with me, you’re getting a wealth of knowledge and insight into the legal system,” he concludes.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing soccer and is taking French lessons.

Practice Areas
  • Corporate-Commercial Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Will and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Taxation Law

Professional Qualifications & Education

  • Nova Scotia Bar Admission 1982
  • Dalhousie University (B.A. (Hons.) 1979
  • Dalhousie University (LL.B.) 1982

Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations

  • Member – Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Member – Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office – Registered Trademark Agent
  • Member – Italian-Canadian Cultural Association
  • President of Soccer Nova Scotia

Corporate-Commercial Law

  • Nova Scotia Incorporations
  • Federal Incorporations
  • Extra-Provincial Registration in Nova Scotia
  • Recognized Agent Services
  • Continuations
  • Business Name Searches and Registration
  • Trademark Registration
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Franchises
  • Purchase and Sale of Businesses

Real Estate Law

  • Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Mortgages
  • Migration of Title
  • Commercial Leases

Wills and Estates

  • Probate
  • Extra-Provincial Registration of Probate

Civil Litigation

  • Builder Liens
  • Foreclosures
  • Shareholder Disputes


  • GST/HST assessment appeals