Queen’s Counsel appointment announced

Jonathan Coady has received the top recognition designation in the field of law.

“Congratulations to Jonathan. Receiving the Queen’s Counsel designation is the highest honour a lawyer can receive in their field. Jonathan’s many contributions in the field of law and to communities in Canada and Prince Edward Island will have a positive, enduring impact for generations to come.”

- Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General Bloyce Thompson

The Queen’s Counsel designation dates back to 16th century England, when one or two senior barristers of the High Court were entrusted with providing the Crown with legal counsel. Today, the recipient is nominated by the legal community for their professional experience, leadership, their excellence in the practice of law and their contribution to the community or public service.

Jonathan will formally be recognized at Government House by Her Honour, the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island.

Media contact:
Vicki Tse
Department of Justice and Public Safety


Jonathan Coady earned a Bachelor of Law degree at Dalhousie University in 2006, a Master of Law at the University of Cambridge in 2009. He clerked at the Federal Court of Canada before being called to the Bar in Prince Edward Island and in Nova Scotia in 2007. He is currently practicing law as a Partner with Stewart McKelvey’s in Charlottetown. 

Jonathan works primarily in the area of administrative and public law, representing individuals, government agencies and regulated entities before all levels of courts and tribunals at the provincial and federal level, including acting as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada on a constitutional issue.

Jonathan has been an active member on various committees of the PEI Law Society as well as the Canadian Bar Association. He is a lecturer on Supreme Court practice for the annual PEI Bar Admission course, he is a lecturer for UPEI’s political science department and is an advocacy advisor for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. He has presented Continuing Legal Education workshops for the PEI Law Society on various topics, and he has published several articles in matters ranging from privacy issues, Charter rights, administrative law and constitutional law.

Jonathan has recently been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Charlottetown by Best Lawyers 2020, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, as well as one of Best Lawyers Appellate Practice, 2020.

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