Michael D. Brenton  , Q.C. - Brenton Kean

Michael D. Brenton , Q.C.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012


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


Mike received his Business Adminstration 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. In 2015, Mike was appointed Queen's Counsel.

Mike is lead counsel for two prominent casualty insurers in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, handling a wide variety of claims and coverage issues. 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, and architects in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. He has also represented property owners and construction contractors in lien claims and other construction litigation. Mike has successfully mediated numerous civil litigation disputes.

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.

University of New BrunswickBBA 1988University of New BrunswickLL.B 1991
The Law Society of New BrunswickCanadian Bar AssociationThe Saint John Law Society

Office Location

75 Prince William Street, Fourth Floor
P.O. Box 6907
Saint John, NB E2L 4S3

Practice Areas

Insurance Law (Defense)

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