George L. White, KC, TEP

Corporate and Commercial Lawyer



George White is an experienced lawyer meeting business and individual needs for over 40 years. His experience includes start-ups, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, business succession and corporate reorganizations. George has provided governance advice to corporate and co-operative boards.

George also assists clients with trust and estate planning including Wills, alter ego trusts, family trusts, spousal trusts, testamentary trusts and tax planned corporate reorganizations. He is a Registered Trust & Estate Practitioner STEP.  He is frequently honored for achievement by his peers and ranking organizations and is recognized by The Best Lawyers™ in Canada for Trusts and Estates and Corporate Law.

George lives in Truro and Toney River, Pictou County.

  • Business and corporate/commercial transactions and planning
  • Board governance
  • Trust and estate planning
  • Commissioner for Inquiry into Remuneration of Provincial Elected Officials
  • Legal Counsel and Secretary to the Royal Commission on Health Care (NS)
  • Former Managing Partner, Patterson Law
  • Appointed King`s Counsel, 1998
  • Martindale-Hubbel AV® Preeminent™ rated lawyer, a testament to the fact that his peers and clients rank him at the highest level of professional excellence
  • Lexpert’s Canadian Legal Directory, consistently named as a Leading Practitioner
  • Best Lawyers™ in Canada: recognized for Trusts and Estates and Corporate Law  2018 – 2023
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in Corporate/Commercial (Canada) category – Band 1 in Atlantic Canada, 2019, 2020
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • ADR Institute
  • Past Chair, CBA Business Law Section (NS)
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Trustees, First United Church
  • Commissioner, Elections Commission of Nova Scotia
  • Drafting Comprehensive Shareholders’ Agreements (CBA): Shareholder Agreements – Getting Past the Standard Form (CBA)
  • Asset Purchase Transactions (CBA)
  • Personal Property Security Act (CLE NS)
  • All About Trusts ( Patterson Law)
  • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 1974)
  • B.Comm. First Class Honours and University Medal in Commerce (Dalhousie University, 1970)
  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1975
  • Mediation Workshop, Dalhousie: 2005
  • Registered Member of Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners 2006