Kelly J. Serbu

Kelly J. Serbu Q.C.


Kelly J. Serbu Q.C. is the Managing Partner at Serbu McGuigan, Barristers and Solicitors, located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Diana Whalen announced Mr. Serbu’s Q.C. appointment on February 22, 2017.

“The tradition of appointing Queen’s Counsel has both meaning and purpose – it singles out those who, by their conduct over more than 15 years, have demonstrated they merit this ancient and honourable title.”
– Craig Garson Q.C.

Mr. Serbu Q.C. is a proud member of his Métis community. He is also visually impaired as a result of Stargardt’s disease.

Mr. Serbu’s Q.C. preferred areas of practice as a lawyer are criminal law and personal injury/civil litigation law. He has argued many constitutional cases involving violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He has appeared at all levels of court including the Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He has also presented cases before a variety boards and tribunals throughout New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Since 2008, Mr. Serbu Q.C. has been an Adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat. As such, he is responsible for conducting hearings and rendering decisions on compensation for survivors of the Indian Residential Schools. This incredible work has taken Mr. Serbu Q.C. all over Canada where he has heard hundreds of these compensation hearings.

In 2015, Mr. Serbu Q.C. was appointed a Part Time Commoner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The appointment is for a 3 year term.

Mr. Serbu Q.C. is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers Association, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (American).

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Serbu Q.C. has been a presenter at numerous continuing legal education conferences and seminars, providing information to lawyers and non-lawyers.