ABOUT OUR FIRM

 

PATRICK A. BURKE, Q.C.
burkelaw@wolffhaus.com

Patrick is a native of Lunenburg.  After graduating from Lunenburg Jr. Sr. High School, he attended Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and then Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1975 and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) in 1978.

Patrick was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia on December 18, 1978 and has been practicing law in Lunenburg since that time, initially with Robert C. Hebb, Q.C. (as he then was) under the firm name of Hebb & Burke, later with David K. Macdonald under the firm name of Burke & Macdonald, and currently with Piotr Luczak under the firm name of Burke, Macdonald & Luczak, Barristers & Solicitors.

Patrick was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2004 and is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Lunenburg County Barristers’ Association and the Real Estate Lawyers Association.  He is a Past-Chair of the ad-hoc Probate Committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Past-Secretary-Treasurer of the Lunenburg County Barristers’ Association. 

Patrick is a Director of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, an Executive Member of the Lunenburg Liberal Association, an Executive Member of the South Shore-St. Margaret’s Liberal Association, a Lay-Reader at St. Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church in Lunenburg and Co-Chair of the Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital Golf Tournament which raises funds for the Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital.

He is a Past-Executive Member of the Lunenburg Curling Club, Past-President of the Bluenose Golf Club, Past-Chair of St. Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church Council (when the addition to the church was erected), Past-President of the Lunenburg Centre Liberal Association, Past-Secretary and Treasurer of the South Shore Liberal Association, Past-Committee Chairman of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition & Fishermen’s Reunion, Past-Director of the Lunenburg Academy Foundation, Past-Member of the Lunenburg Yacht Club and Past-Member of the Executive Committee of the Lunenburg Curling Club.

Patrick is married to the former Sharon Ritcey and has 3 daughters.  He is an avid golfer and last year played golf in Nova Scotia during every month of the year!  He is proud to be living and practicing in the Town of Lunenburg, which includes what was only the second urban site in North America to be designated a UNESCO Heritage Site.


PIOTR LUCZAK, B.A., LL.B.
piotr@wolffhaus.com

Piotr (Peter) grew up in a small town in Poland, before moving to Canada in 1989. He has been a resident of the Lunenburg area since 2007.

Piotr studied philosophy at the University of Toronto, and obtained is LL.B. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003. He articled with the Canadian Environmental Law Association, focusing on land use planning, and water use issues. He was actively involved in the Court of Appeal hearing of the challenge to the City of Toronto's pesticide bylaw, in which CELA acted as intervenor. Piotr was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004.

Prior to joining the firm, Piotr worked as a Staff Lawyer with an Ontario Legal Aid clinic, where he represented individuals in a range of administrative hearings and appeals before the Employment Insurance Board of Referees, the Ontario Disability Appeal Tribunal, and the Small Claims Court. Piotr also worked as in-house counsel to an aboriginal owned business.  He advised on matters related to the Indian Act and the Income Tax Act, and appeared before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court as a part of a test case litigation team.

Piotr was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2007, at which time he joined the firm as an associate. He subsequently became a partner in 2010. His practice focuses on property matters, such as real estate transactions and company and corporate matters.  Piotr actively addresses tax implications of property transactions, and regularly acts for non-residents of Canada in connection with asset transfers. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Lunenburg County Barristers Association and the Real Estate Lawyers Association, and is currently the Vice President of the Western Counties Barristers Association.  He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, and regularly attends the Canadian Tax Foundation's annual Atlantic Provinces Tax Conference.

Piotr and his partner reside in Chester Basin. When he is not hiking the coast lines of the South Shore with his dog, he enjoys travelling, martial arts, skiing and camping.  He volunteers his services to the south shore branch of Habitat for Humanity, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and other community organizations.
 

DAVID K. MACDONALD, B.SC., LL.B., S.T.E.P. (Retired)  

Born in Charlottetown, PEI, David has been a resident of Lunenburg County since 1980. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1975. In 1980, David obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Dalhousie in 1980 graduating 7th in a class of approximately 140.

David articled with Kitz, Matheson, Green & MacIsaac in Halifax. He was subsequently associated with (and later was a partner) with Alan V. Parish between 1980 and 1985. After briefly practicing as a sole proprietor, David formed a partnership with Patrick A. Burke in 1987. David was a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP). He practiced with Patrick, later being joined by Piotr, until his retirement in 2010.

In his spare time, David is a musician and an avid outdoorsman. Now retired, David no longer practices law and can be contacted through the firm.