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Michael D. Brenton, Q.C.

Partner

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Email: mdb@brentonkean.com
Direct Line: (506) 633-4219

Assistant: Mavis Brinston
Email: mlb@brentonkean.com
Direct Line: (506) 633-4283

Practice Areas:

Civil Litigation, including, Insurance, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Professional Liability Defence, Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, and Mediation

Professional Experience:

Mike received his Business Administration Degree in 1988 and Law Degree in 1991 from the University of New Brunswick. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1992. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of New Brunswick, and the Saint John Law Society.

Mike is lead counsel for two prominent national casualty insurers in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, handling a wide variety of claims and coverage issues. He also acts as conflict counsel for a number of other insurers. Mike was counsel in Reid v. Hatty (2005), 279 N.B.R. (2nd) 202 (Court of Appeal), the leading New Brunswick authority on the standard of care expected of occupiers, and in Rossignol v. Rubidge (2007), 317 N.B.R. (2nd) 105 (Court of Queen’s Bench, Trial Division), the first case to address the New Brunswick legislation capping pain and suffering claims for minor injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents.

For several years now, he has defended errors and omissions claims made against professional engineers, surveyors, architects and real estate appraisers in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. He has also represented property owners and contractors in respect of lien claims and other construction litigation.

In recent years, Mike has focused on complex litigation, including commercial litigation, and presently represents three tobacco companies in the defence of a product liability claim commenced by the province of New Brunswick.  Mike lectures in civil litigation annually at the Bar Admission Course.

Awards and Recognition:

Mike was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015.

Mike is listed as a leading practitioner by the publication - The Best Lawyers in Canada for his practice in the area of Insurance Law.

Outside the Office:

Mike and his wife, Michelle, have two children. In his spare time, Mike coaches hockey and enjoys farming, fishing and hunting.