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Patrick O’Neil grew up in Enfield, Nova Scotia, and earned an undergraduate degree in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University before attending Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law.

“Prior to attending law school, I didn’t have any real interest in business,” he explains, “But I switched gears when I was introduced to corporate and commercial law during my first year. I liked the practicality. It wasn’t philosophical, but hands on and fairly black and white in nature.”

After graduating from law school in 2015, Patrick chose to start building his career with Burchell MacDougall. “I wanted to be outside of the city, and I was impressed by the firm’s incredible resources. I have the opportunity to pull from decades of legal experience and expertise, while also enjoying the collegial atmosphere of a smaller firm. ”

Patrick was called to the bar in June 2016 and joined the firm’s Elmsdale office, with the goal of building a corporate commercial practice in the community.

As a native of East Hants, Patrick is excited by the growth in the area; “It’s a booming town with all the businesses and services you need; but at the same time, you still recognize people you see at the office or the grocery store. Much like Burchell MacDougall is the perfect firm for me, Elmsdale the perfect community for me.”

In his spare time, Patrick plays hockey in the winter, while spending the summer months trying to correct his slice on the golf course.


Professional Qualifications & Education:

  • Nova Scotia Bar Admission 2016
  • Dalhousie University, 2015

Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate / Commercial
  • Employment & Labour
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate