John McKiggan

306-5670 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1H6, Canada
Areas of Practice
  • Class Action
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Malpractice

Practice/Organization Description

John practices exclusively in the areas of personal injury law, medical malpractice and institutional liability. He has a special interest in representing victims in civil claims for childhood sexual abuse.

John currently represents over 500 former residents of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School in a claim for compensation for childhood physical, sexual and racial abuse and loss of cultural identity. He sits on the steering committee of the National Class Action, Baxter vs. Canada - a claim brought on behalf of 70,000 aboriginal children across Canada.

John is lead counsel in Martin v. Lahey the first class action filed in Nova Scotia. The class action has been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish on behalf of persons who were sexually abused by priests employed by the Diocese.

John has successfully argued cases before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior court and various administrative tribunals including the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Bar Admissions

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick


LLB, Dalhousie University, 1989

B.Sc., Dalhousie University, 1986

Professional Associations & Memberships

Nova Scotia Barristers Society

Member Since: 1990

Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association

Member Since: 2000

Canadian Bar Association

Member Since: 1990

American Association for Justice

Member Since: 2005

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