Arnold Pizzo McKiggan

Practice/Organization Description

My practice is devoted to representing persons who have suffered serious injuries; particularly those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and medical malpractice.

In the course of my 20 years of practice I have been fortunate to have met and represented two individuals who changed the direction of my career.

For 15 years I represented Nora Bernard in the first class action filed against the federal government for compensation for loss of language and culture for survivors of Indian Residential Schools and helped negotiate the largest class action settlement in Canadian history, the landmark national class action settlement on behalf of Indian Residential School Students.

I receive referrals from, and cooperate with, lawyers from across Canada in class action claims.

I also represent Ronald Martin in a class action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish on behalf of survivors of childhood abuse by priests. This claim was the first successful class action against the Roman Catholic Church. As a result, I was asked to present to The Canadian Institute’s National Conference on Institutional Liability for Sexual Abuse and was selected to participate in the Ten Most Significant Class Action Decisions of the Past Year at Osgoode Hall’s 7th National Symposium on Class Actions.

The Antigonish class action was featured as a cover story in Canadian Lawyer magazine and was the subject of a documentary by CBC's The 5th Estate.

I regularly receive referrals from lawyers throughout Atlantic Canada for claims involving medical malpractice, and historical sexual abuse.

I am a frequent contributor and guest speaker at legal conferences throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario and the rest of the world.

I have been a strong supporter of the Atlantic Province’s Trial Lawyers Association and recently had the honour of being elected president of APTLA.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

Canadian Bar Association

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Action
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Malpractice

Number of Attorneys

2-10 Attorneys

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