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Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Expropriation
  • Employment Law
  • Governance


  • Dalhousie Law School – 1974
  • Queen’s University – Bachelor of Arts – 1970


  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Pictou County Barristers’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Law Society of Barristers


“Bruce T. MacIntosh, Q.C. lives and practices by the highest standards of integrity, bringing an acute intellect together with a passion for justice to his legal representations. His commitment to service and his assumption of the roles and responsibilities for which he is so well suited, embody the best of our profession.”

Distinguished Service Award
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
May 2006

The second of three generations of MacIntosh lawyers to practise law at Mac, Mac & Mac, Bruce MacIntosh is the senior member of our Litigation Group. If a lawyer can be judged by the clients he attracts and serves, then it speaks volumes that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, representing more than 96,000 Canadian lawyers, sought Bruce MacIntosh to act on its behalf before the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Our senior litigator has been involved in some of the most prominent litigation cases in Nova Scotia, attracting national and international attention. When not engaged in complex cases requiring his level of expertise, our senior litigator continues to represent many of our clients in conventional legal disputes, including commercial, employment law and governance issues.

The Westray Mine Disaster. Casinogate. Lamb vs Hoffman, the international pursuit of offshore trusts and one of Canada’s most notorious deadbeat dads. “A complex expropriation claim against the Province of Nova Scotia, successfully litigating a miserly offer of $260,000 into a precedent setting award of more than $10 million”. And others, including successful negotiation of North America’s first class action settlement involving resolution of sexual abuse claims against priests of the Catholic Church. Bruce MacIntosh successfully represented a small business entrepreneur in a precedent setting multimillion dollar award against one of Canada’s largest insurance companies. In the same timeframe, he successfully represented one of the world’s most prominent insurance companies in one of the largest lawsuits ever to be filed in Nova Scotia.

Bruce MacIntosh’s litigation and negotiation skills have been called upon by some of Nova Scotia’s most prominent families and largest industries. He has been retained by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch) and The Advocates’ Society. One of approximately two dozen Canadian lawyers to be invited into the prestigious membership of the International Society of Barristers, Bruce MacIntosh has a widely recognized record of competence at all levels of our courts, to and including the Supreme Court of Canada.

At the time of his appointment, Bruce MacIntosh was the youngest member of the Nova Scotia bar ever to be elected as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He was the first lawyer to receive the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation under the reformed, merit based process for selection. He led the Nova Scotia bar in its response to the Marshall Inquiry and was instrumental in the fundamental overhaul of the ethics and discipline processes of both the legal and medical professions in Nova Scotia.

His community service has included the Board of Directors of the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a Past President of the New Glasgow Rotary Club, a founding Chair of Citizens Against Pollution Society and has acted as volunteer counsel for a variety of community and co-operative organizations, including Tearmann Society for Abused Women, Kids First Association and Highland Community Residential Services.


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