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Joe Thorne


Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower St.
St. John’s, N.L.
A1C 6K3



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Ontario, 2010; Newfoundland and Labrador, 2013

Legal Assistant(s): Sherry Spracklin

Joe has a wide-ranging general commercial litigation practice, including particular focus on insolvency/restructuring, insurance defence, and municipal law. Joe focuses on common-sense solutions to legal challenges. Joe believes in the adage “litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.”

Joe has appeared before all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Federal Court of Canada, the Quebec Superior Court, the Ontario Small Claims Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Some of the ways Joe has helped clients include:

  • Representing a publicly traded company in defending a claim for millions of dollars made by a former director and officer seeking payment of disputed awards and bonuses.
  • Successfully responding to an appeal seeking to disqualify a Court-appointed receiver in an insolvency proceeding.
  • Advising creditors, debtors, and insolvency professionals in a wide of array of insolvency and restructuring matters.
  • Negotiating resolution of dozens of personal injury claims.
  • Assisting municipalities before regional appeal boards and courts in defending council decisions.
  • Enforcing foreign and inter-provincial judgments.

Education & Career


University of Western Ontario, JD, 2009
Memorial University of Newfoundland B.Sc. (Honours), 2003


Chair, Stewart McKelvey Newfoundland and Labrador Litigation Practice Group, 2020 – Present
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Advocates’ Society
Treasurer, Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, September 2020 – September 2021
Vice President, Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador branch, September 2021 – present
Chair, Civil Litigation Section, Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, 2015 – Present
Chair, Pro Bono Committee, Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, 2015 – 2018
Member, Legislation and Law Reform Committee, Canadian Bar Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, 2018, 2020 – Present


Recipient, Early Career Achievement Award, 2021
Lexpert rating: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring, 2021

Thought Leadership



Co-presenter, “Deconstructing Delay Claims”, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association session

October 25, 2017

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