Jennifer Hamilton Upham

About Jennifer Hamilton Upham

Jennifer Hamilton Upham, Patterson Law Partner with a practice focusing on corporate and commercial law, taxation and trust and estate planning.  Jennifer is also a member of Patterson's Co-operative Law Group, with experience in the unique legal issues facing co-ops.


Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) In Depth Tax Course, Part I and Part II

Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2007

LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 2006)

B.B.A. (Acadia University, 2003) 


  • Regularly assisting clients with structuring or restructuring their business, including preparing shareholder’ agreements and structuring and implementing tax planned corporate reorganizations such as freezes, interposition of family trusts, Section 85 rollovers, purifications, divisive reorganizations, amalgamations and wind ups
  • Assisting clients with the purchase and sale of businesses (by way of share sale or asset sale) and the purchase and sale of assets in the course of business and commercial financing
  • Assisting major Canadian and US law firms in Nova Scotia matters, including corporate restructuring, financing and transactions with unlimited liability companies
  • Advising clients on operational matters on a day to day basis, including assisting in all aspects of contract drafting and negotiation, providing direction on corporate governance matters and directors’ and officers’ liability   
  • Advising individuals and business owners in trust and estate or succession planning matters including preparing wills and assisting with estate administration
  • Co-corporate secretary to large international business

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Nova Scotia Barristers` Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Business Law Section

Personal, Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Current Chair, Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation
  • Current Director and former Chair, United Way of Colchester County
  • Former Chair, Campaign Team for the United Way of Colchester County 
  • Former Solicitor, Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member, Central Nova Women`s Resource Centre 
  • Volunteer/fundraiser for various organizations and events including Canadian Cancer Society, Children`s Wish Foundation, Big Brother`s Big Sister`s and the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia