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Kelly J. Serbu, B.A., LL.B., Q.C.
Kelly has been a practicing lawyer since 1997. He specializes in personal injury, criminal defense, human rights cases, sexual assault.
In 2017, Kelly was honored to be appointed to the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Nova Scotia, Diana Whalen. He was also selected by the Honourable Michel Bastarache, QC., CC., former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, as Senior Counsel to assist him in evaluating claims in the Merlo Davidson Class Action Settlement. That process dealt with gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment complaints made by women in the RCMP against the Federal Government.
In 2015, he was appointed by the Federal Government to be a Part-Time Commissioner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) in Ottawa. He served in that role for 3 years until his term expired in May 2018.
From 2008 to 2019, he was an Adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS). As such, he was responsible for conducting hearings and rendering decisions on compensation for survivors of the Indian Residential Schools. Kelly signed off on doing that very meaningful work in November 2019.
From 2015 to 2016, Kelly was also selected to evaluate claims in relation to the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Class Action Settlement.
For his first 10 years, Kelly focused his practice primarily as a Criminal defense lawyer and Litigator.
On a personal note, Kelly is very proud of his Metis heritage. He is visually impaired, the proud Captain of the National Canadian Blind Hockey Team, and the President of Canadian Blind Hockey, a national charity whose mission is to provide all blind and partially sighted children, youth, and adults with the opportunity to play the sport of ice hockey.
MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
- Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Branch, 1997 to present
- Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers Association, 1997 to present
- Indigenous Bar Association, 2019 to present
- International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, March 2007 to present
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (USA), 2011 to present
- Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, 2011 to present
- Defense Counsel Association of Ottawa, July 2016 to present