• LL.B., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • B.C.S., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Personal Injury


John’s courtroom work ranges from personal injury files involving catastrophic injuries to complex medical malpractice actions to commercial disputes involving dozens of parties. He takes pride in the success of his clients.

In addition to his varied civil litigation practice, John advises corporate organizations on all matters. These organizations range from multinational groups to regional enterprises. He is routinely called upon to advise these clients in such areas as restructuring, refinancing, labour issues, and dispute resolution.

John also takes pride in his extensive IT background and the use of technology in his practice. The benefit to his clients is seen from documentary collection and processing to discovery on e-data issues, and finally to efficient and effective presentation in the courtroom.


  • Canadian Bar Association (National) – Member – Task Force on Justice Issues Arising from COVID-19
  • Canadian Bar Association (National) – Chair – Access to Justice Sub-Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association (National) – Past Executive Member (Health Law Section)
  • Canadian Bar Association (New Brunswick) – Vice-Chair (Immigration Section)
  • Law Society of New Brunswick – Committee Member (Library Committee)
  • Saint John Law Society – Member
  • Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals – Member


  • Chair (Alternate), Mental Health Review Board
  • Executive Council Member, New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Board Member, Uptown Saint John Inc., Business Improvement Association
  • Member, Saint John Substandard Properties Appeal Committee
  • Past Vice-Chairperson, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal
  • Past Exam Invigilator, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
  • Past Chair, New Brunswick Wildlife Council
  • Past Member, Assessment and Planning Appeal Board


  • R. Gillis, Q.C., J. Gillis. “New Brunswick” in Campbell, ed, Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America, 2nd ed. (Juris Legal information, 2011
  • J.D. Roy, J. Gillis, C. Fawcett. What Physicians Need to Know about the New Brunswick Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act. Telehealth Law, (2010-11) 10.
  • Rodney J. Gillis, Q.C., John Gillis. Bullet Proofing Your Witness, APTLA – Fundamentals of Litigation Conference, July 2006.


  • Certificate in Online Dispute Resolution (2020) – Osgoode Professional Development
  • Advanced Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals (2019) – Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators / Osgoode Professional Development
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate (2019) – Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Certificate in Adjudication (2018) – Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators / Osgoode Professional Development
  • Mediation for Professionals (2018) – Herzing College
  • Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (2009) – Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development


  • 2018 Canadian Bar Association (New Brunswick Branch) E. Neil McKelvey Q.C. Pro Bono and Volunteer Service Award


  • B.Sc., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • LL.B., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency


Rod Gillis is one of New Brunswick’s leading litigation lawyers. Mr. Gillis focuses his practice on civil litigation, commercial litigation, and class actions.  He has served as local, regional and national counsel for a variety of clients.  He has extensive experience working with team approaches to complex litigation, ranging from trials to strategic partnering on technical and expert defense issues in complex cases.  He has appeared as first chair trial counsel throughout New Brunswick in the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal and also with the Federal Court Trial Division and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Gillis is a frequent speaker on litigation-related topics, including the development and presentation of expert witnesses, advanced cross-examination techniques, complex trial preparation, and case management.

Mr. Gillis is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.  Mr. Gillis is a member of Law Society of New Brunswick; Canadian and International Bar Associations; Saint John Law Society and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.


Rod has lectured to professional associations as far away as Australia.


  • Saint John Law Society
  • Law Society of New Brunswick
  • Canadian and International Bar Associations
  • The United States Transport Lawyers Association
  • Federation of Insurance Counsel
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Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Construction
  • Wills and Estates


Gary was raised in Saint John and graduated from St. Malachy’s Memorial High School. Gary attended Dalhousie University where he obtained Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law Degrees. Gary was admitted to the Bar in 1975 and began his practice of Law in Saint John. Gary was awarded the distinction of becoming a Queen’s counsel in 2000. Gary is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of New Brunswick, the Saint John Law Society and the Insolvency Institute of Canada. Gary is a past president of the Saint John Law Society where he served on Council for over 20 years. He has also served and continues to serve on committees of the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Bar Association, including Chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and a past Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Gary has served as President of the Saint John Regional Hospital, the New Brunswick Museum, the New Brunswick Hospital Association and Saint John Center for Services to Handicapped Inc. (Key Industries). He was also president of the St. Patrick’s Society, Carleton Curling Club, Loyalist Days Festival and the St. Malachy’s Memorial High School Alumni Association. He has also served on many boards including the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Centracare Hospital, Mindcare Inc., the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club and the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.


Listed as a leading practitioner by the publication, The Best Lawyers in Canada for his practice in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring


  • Published article “Bankruptcy of New Brunswick company results in a slew of decisions” in The Lawyers Weekly, September 2005
  • Published article “N.B. decision resolves priority to serial numbered equipment” in The Lawyers Weekly, March 2006
  • Presented paper to Canadian Bar Association – Pan-Canadian Conference on Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Law, September 16, 2005, Quebec City
  • Contributing writer to The Solicitors Journal a publication of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Presented Paper to the Third Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, UBC Faculty of Law, January 27, 2006, Vancouver, published in Thomson Carswell’s Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2005
  • Presented Paper to CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum, “The Bankruptcy of St. Anne-Nackawic Pulp Company Ltd. – An Insolvency Practitioner’s Perspective”, May 4, 2006, Halifax

Lectures and Presentations

  • Chairman and Organizer, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Refresher Course, Canadian Bar Association, N.B. Branch, November 2000, November 2001, November 2003, June 2005, November 2006, May 2008, October 2010, November 2011 and April 2013
  • Lecturer, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of New Brunswick – Civil Procedure

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Past President of the Saint John Law Society
  • Member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • Member of the Executive, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Chairman of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency section of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association

Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Director of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation
  • Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Foundation
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Museum
  • Past President and former Secretary for over 30 years of the Board of Directors of Saint John Centre for Services to the Handicapped (Key Industries)
  • Past President of St. Patrick’s Society of Saint John, N.B.
  • Past President, Saint John Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners
  • Past Chairman, New Brunswick Hospital Association
  • Past Member, Saint John Board of Trade
  • Past Director, Centracare Hospital
  • Past Director, Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation
  • Past Director, City of Saint John Arts Advisory Committee
  • Past President, Board of Directors, St. Malachy’s Memorial High School Alumni Association
  • Past Director, Mindcare Inc.
  • Past President Carleton Curling Club
  • Twenty-five year member Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club
  • Member of the Canadian Kennel Club, the New Brunswick Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever Club of Canada and the Atlantic Labrador Retriever Club

Gary was a member of the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club for 30 years where he was an avid racer.  He skippered his sailboats in many races including the Marblehead Mass. to Halifax race, Chester Race Week, Gulf of Maine Race Week and many Saint John to Digby races.  Gary is a member of the Canadian Kennel Club and in his leisure time breeds, raises and shows Champion Labrador Retrievers.


  • LL.B., University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • B.A. History, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Areas of Practice

  • Real Property
  • Wills, Estates


Claire Porter is a lifelong resident of Saint John with an insider’s understanding of the local and regional real estate environment. Claire has been an associate lawyer with Gilbert, McGloan, Gillis since 1994, where she has handled most of the firm’s residential and commercial real estate work.

In addition to her work with the firm, Claire is also a Civil Officiant and can officiate at Marriage Ceremonies in the Province of New Brunswick. In all her client relationships Claire combines an upbeat and informal style with an extremely practical, in-depth approach to the business of real estate law.


  • Saint John Law Society
  • Law Society of New Brunswick
  • Canadian Bar Association


  • Committee Member of MindCare NB since 2009
  • Committee Member of the Property Law Advisory Committee since 2013