Luke Merrimen practices criminal law.

He has his own office dedicated to criminal defence litigation located in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Luke is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario (since October 3, 2002) and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (since April 4, 2003).

Luke articled with Alan D. Gold in Toronto and previously worked as a criminal staff lawyer at Nova Scotia Legal Aid for ten years.

Luke sits on the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee.

Luke is also the President of the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers’ Association and a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

In addition to being a frequent speaker at local criminal law conferences, Luke is a part-time faculty member at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University where he co-teaches Criminal Trial Practice (since 2017).

Luke also publishes a criminal practice blog, ‘Criminal Meditations’, every Monday morning (since Monday, December 21, 2015).

His academic achievements include:

  • Bachelor of Science – First Class Honours – Dalhousie University;

  • Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Entrance Scholarship – Dalhousie Law School;

  • Bachelor of Laws – Dalhousie Law School;

  • Treasurer’s Medal – Achieving the Highest Standing in the 44th Bar Admission Conducted by the Law Society of Upper Canada at Osgoode Hall;

  • The Harcourts Advocacy Award;

  • The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Prize; and

  • The Ronald O. Daly Scholarship and the Edwin George Long, K.C. Memorial Scholarship.

Luke lives in the St. Margaret’s Bay area. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children.