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.
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
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.
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.