Gail Rudderham Chernin, Q.C.

For more than 30 years, Gail has worked with clients on a host of legal issues with an emphasis on claims against insurance companies.  Gail’s clients are predominantly injured victims.  Her areas of practice include insurance, litigation, personal injury, product liability, professional liability, alternate dispute resolution.  Gail has, also, acted as a Mediator to assist in settlement of insurance claims between parties.

Gail served as President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) from 2003 to 2004.  Throughout her career, she has served on most of the Boards and Committees within the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  At present, Gail serves as a Vice-Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee of the Professional Responsibility Department of the NSBS, and is a Past Director of the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS).

Involvement in her community has been a focal point of Gail’s work.  She has been extensively involved in the local community including the Sydney Rotary Club, particularly with regard to student exchange; as Chair of the Cape Breton United Way; as Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, both regionally and nationally.

Gail has been a keynote speaker for many presentations including the appointment of four Supreme Court Judges, Bar Admission Ceremonies, Admissions Dinners, Testimonial Dinners for the appointment of new Judges, Annual Meeting Ceremonies, etc.  She has also spoken on legal issues to the public at a variety of events including televised and radio interviews.  She has spoken publicly on behalf of the volunteer organizations with which she has been involved, most notably, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

In 2012, Gail was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Canada directory in the practice of personal injury litigation.  Gail's selection is based upon results of a nationwide survey involving detailed evaluations of leading lawyers by their professional peers.

Gail prefers a pragmatic approach in her work. Although she does not shy away from controversy, she ensures her clients are aware of the strengths and weaknesses in a case to assist in bringing the matter to a cost-effective and satisfactory resolution.

Professional Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

  • Cape Breton Barristers' Society

  • Queen’s Counsel designation 2004


  • Dalhousie University (B.Comm. 1978)

  • Dalhousie University (LL.B. 1986)

Bar Admission:  Nova Scotia (1987)