News release

Lawyers Appointed to the King’s Counsel


Fourteen outstanding Nova Scotian lawyers are being recognized with the prestigious King’s counsel designation.

Attorney General and Justice Minister Brad Johns announced the appointments today, March 27.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to this group of exceptional lawyers, all of whom are well-deserving of this designation,” said Minister Johns. “They represent the highest standards of their profession and have contributed greatly to their community and our province’s justice system.”

The appointees are:

  • Karen H. Anthony, Halifax
  • Carla Ball, Halifax
  • Joseph Assad Chedrawe, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Daniel T.L. Chiasson, Baddeck
  • Bernd Christmas, Queenston, Ont.
  • Krista Forbes, Halifax
  • Burtley G. Francis, Halifax
  • Dana MacKenzie, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay
  • David Joseph Mahoney, Truro
  • Mary Jane McGinty, Halifax
  • James A. Michael, Halifax
  • Colin D. Piercey, Halifax
  • Rebecca Saturley, Halifax
  • Natalie J. Woodbury, Dartmouth

The KC designation is awarded annually to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.

A formal ceremony to honour the appointees will be held this spring.

Quick Facts:

  • an independent advisory committee makes King’s counsel recommendations to the attorney general and minister of justice
  • criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity and good character