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Matthew Pearn

Matthew Pearn

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No matter what is at stake, being involved in a lawsuit is stressful business. As your lawyer, it’s my job to explain the legal challenges you face, build a strategy for your success, and guide you to your best possible outcome.

I advocate for my clients before the civil courts of Atlantic Canada, and have appeared at all levels of court including participated at a recent hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada. I often provide opinions on insurance coverages and resolve large-loss insurance claims. I also resolve personal injury claims, professional negligence claims (including medical / dental malpractice, engineering mistake, accountant / auditor error), commercial disputes, and employment disputes. Being a former reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, I know how to gain access to key documents and evidence that media organizations and others need. This work includes challenging publication bans, pursuing Right to Information requests, and resolving defamation claims when necessary.

I am a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and a past member of its Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Committee. I am a current member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers association, the Canadian Media Lawyers Association (‘Ad IDEM’), the York-Sunbury Law Society, and the Canadian Bar Association. I frequently volunteer with the Law Society of New Brunswick and present at conferences on trial cross-examination technique and examination for discovery techniques. Recently, I have been appointed as an Alternate Chair of the Mental Health Act Tribunal, working in the best interest of those who suffer from serious mental illness throughout the Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and Miramichi health zones.  I am a past Board Member of ArtsNB (New Brunswick’s provincial funder for artists) and a past member of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce’s Physician Recruitment Committee.  I am the Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association of New Brunswick, an organization mandated to train the province’s lawyers on legal ethics and legal standards essential to the practice of law. I will continue as Vice President and then President, promoting a mandate of professionalism and encouraging best practices among lawyers serving New Brunswickers.

Before becoming a lawyer, I worked for many years as a journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I remain an avid follower of current affairs and politics. When not working for my clients, I enjoy outdoor running, cycling, and travelling with my young family around the Maritimes and beyond.