News release

Lawyers Appointed to the Queen’s Counsel

Twelve of the province’s lawyers are being awarded the prestigious Queen’s counsel (QC) designation.

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

“These individuals exhibit the highest standards in their profession, and are experts and leaders in their fields,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Randy Delorey. “I congratulate this year’s Queen’s counsel appointees and applaud their extraordinary achievements.”

The appointees are:

  • Donald A. MacLeod, Halifax
  • Philip S. Gruchy, Halifax
  • Joseph Royden Trainor, Jr., Halifax
  • Jennifer Louise Cox, Truro
  • Shauna MacDonald, Halifax
  • Richard Niedermayer, Halifax
  • Suzanne I. Rix, Halifax
  • Terrance G. Sheppard, Dartmouth
  • Angela Doris Caseley, Bedford
  • Jeanne Desveaux, Bedford
  • Robert John Scott Hanf, Halifax
  • Michelle Marie Kelly, Halifax

A formal ceremony to honour the QC designates will be held at a later date.


Congratulations to all of the Queen’s counsel designates for this well-deserved recognition. I know that the lawyers in our province give their time generously to their profession and to their communities. To see them being recognized with a QC designation is a testament to their leadership and many contributions. Jacqueline Mullenger, acting executive director, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

Quick Facts:

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