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Michelle Lahey

Michelle Lahey


Practice Overview

A proud Cape Bretoner, Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Public Administration from Cape Breton University in 2013. She then attended McGill University and obtained her Bachelor of Civil Law, and Bachelor of Laws in 2017. While attending law school, Michelle was the coordinator of McGill’s Women in House, a non-partisan program mandated to increase female representation in politics. After graduating, she returned to Nova Scotia to complete her articles, and practiced law in Cape Breton until joining Barteaux in September 2022.

Michelle has appeared before all levels of Court in Nova Scotia, and various administrative tribunals. She has represented employers in wrongful dismissal cases, collective bargaining negotiations, and human rights matters. Michelle enjoys the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with her clients, and act as a trusted advisor on challenging employment-related issues.

Michelle is an instructor in Cape Breton University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences. She also serves on a number of boards including: Talbot House, the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and the Tompkins Institute Advisory Board.

Year of Call

Nova Scotia, 2018

  • In her spare time, Michelle enjoys travelling, reading, spending time with her family and friends, and taking in live music. She also tries to spend as much time as possible in Ingonish.

    • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society – Member
    • Canadian Bar Association – Member
    • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) – Member
    • Employment Law Alliance (ELA) – Atlantic Canada Member
    • The Advocates’ Society – Member
    • McGill University, LL.B.
    • McGill University, B.C.L.
    • Cape Breton University, B.A.