Academy Member Inducted 2020

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Gus Richardson, K.C., Arbitrator & Mediator, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Gus Richardson, K.C.

Gus Richardson ADR
1141 Cartaret Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3P2
Tel: (902) 422-6729
Fax: (902) 422-0142
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Recognized to Nova Scotia Chapter for:
Civil/Commercial Mediation & Arbitration; Labour Arbitration

Regularly travels out of province to: Atlantic Region, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island

Other ADR Services: Facilitation, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial, Neutral Evaluation

Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced2006
  • # of MEDS (as of 24/7/24)200
  • # of ARBS (as of 24/7/24)300
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Gus practiced civil litigation for over 30 years with a primary focus on insurance defence work. He appeared in all levels of the Nova Scotia and Ontario court systems, acting for both platintiffs and defendants, with particular expertise in contractual interpretation, including insurance coverage, issues of good/bad faith and labour matters.

Since 2006, Gus has transitioned to fulltime ADR practice, with a proven record of resolving many hundreds of disputes in a wide range of diverse and challenging civil matters. He brings to each arbitration or mediation his extensive experience in the litigation sector, enjoying a high settlement rate. 

Case Experience

  • Aboriginal
  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Architecture
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums/Strata
  • Construction
  • Consumer Rights
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Human Rights Act
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labour/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace Rights
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Dismissal



  • L.L.B. (Honours) – (University of Toronto, 1982)
  • M.A. (Social History) – (Essex University, England, 1979)
  • B.A. (Honours) – (University of Toronto, 1976)


  • The McCarthy & McCarthy Prize for Administrative Law (aeq.) – (1980 – 1981)
  • The M.L. Friedland Prize for the best student contribution to legal scholarship published in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review – (1981 – 1982)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chartered Arbitrator (ADR Institute of Canada)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, National Academy of Arbitrators
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Vice-Chair, Nova Scotia Labour Board
  • Adjudicator, Nova Scotia Small Claims Court
  • Part-Time Member, Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board
  • Queen’s Counsel (2005)

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