Dave W. McNairn, LL.B. (Licensed to Practice in NS and NB)

David McNairn – was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He attended the University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate degree and went on to receive his LLB from the University of New Brunswick in 2003. In 2004 David began his legal career with Hicks LeMoine Law with a focus on real estate, corporate/commercial law, municipal law and estate planning. David became a partner at Hicks LeMoine in 2009.

 David has been an active volunteer in the community. He has served on the board of directors and executive for the Amherst & Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005 through 2009. He has also been a member of the Rotary Club of Amherst since 2005 and served as President of the Rotary Club for the 2017/2018 year. David also currently sits on the board for the Cumberland Business Connector.

Within the legal profession, David has served as President of the Cumberland Barrister’s Association and was a member of the council for the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society from 2008 to 2013. David has also spent a number of years on the Complaints Investigation Committee and the Complaints Review Sub-committee. Currently, David serves on the board of the Real Estate Lawyer’s Association of Nova Scotia.

 David is licensed to practice in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick working primarily out of the Amherst office.


Joshua E. Cormier, LL.B. (Licensed to Practice in NS and NB)

Joshua E. Cormier – was educated in Dorchester and Sackville, New Brunswick and attended Dalhousie University from which he received his B.A. in 2007. He received his LLB from the University of New Brunswick in 2010, at which time he began his legal career with Hicks, LeMoine. He was admitted to both the Nova Scotia Bar and New Brunswick Bar in 2011. Josh became a partner in 2017.

Josh’s preferred areas of practice include: Real Estate Law, Wills, Estates, and Family Law.

Josh is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Canadian Bar Association and the Cumberland Barristers’ Association.

Josh is also a member of the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department and the Sackville Rotary Club.

Josh has acted in a number of administrative positions for various organizations including Secretary/Treasurer for the Cumberland Barristers’ Association, The Board of Directors for the Greater Sackville Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Rotary Club and the Cumberland Barrister’s Association.

Away from the office Josh is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting and hiking


Thomas L. MacLaren, LL.B.

Thomas L. MacLaren – was born and educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, having spent the summer holidays of his youth in Parrsboro. He attended Acadia University, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his LL.B from Cardiff University in Wales, UK after which he attained a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia on April 12, 2013. Tom accepted an articling position with Hicks LeMoine Law in 2012 and became a partner in 2017.

Tom’s preferred areas of practice include Real Estate Law, Wills, Estates and Probate, and Family Law. Tom is appointed as a per diem Crown Attorney working in Amherst, Truro, Antigonish and Shubenacadie on behalf of the Public Prosecution Service.

Tom is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society, and the Canadian Bar Association. Tom has served on the executive of the Cumberland Barrister’s Association, the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade and the Parrsboro Creative.

Tom is an avid golfer and traveler.


James B. W. Goodwin, LL.B.

James B. W.  Goodwin was born in Toronto and educated at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he earned his B.A., and the University of New Brunswick, where he earned his LL.B and met his wife. He is currently a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and remains a non-practicing member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

James practices in civil litigation, insurance law, real estate transactions and estate planning, with a focus on personal injury, motor vehicle accidents and long-term disability matters. James will often work on contingency for plaintiffs with one of these matters.

Outside of work, James spends time outdoors with his wife and his three dogs (two cavaliers and a husky). You will often find him out on a trail running with his husky, trying to determine how far one must run to tire it out, but no upper limit has yet been found.


Helen M. Tucker, J.D.

Helen Tucker was raised in Sackville, New Brunswick and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University in 2013. She completed a Master of Music in organ performance at McGill University in 2015, and both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill in 2019. Helen articled with the Attorney General of Ontario, Civil Law Division and was called to the bar in Ontario in June 2021. She joined Hicks LeMoine Law in August 2021 and was called to the bar in Nova Scotia in November 2021.

Helen is currently practicing in the areas of real estate, estate planning, probate, and family law. She also serves on the executive of the Cumberland County Barristers’ Association and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Sackville.

When not in the office, Helen keeps her musical skills in shape by serving as Organist and Director of Music for the Anglican Parish of Sackville, and spends her spare time hiking with her dog, Digby.