Growing up, Greg always knew that he wanted to be a lawyer. As one of the few children to never miss Law & Order on Wednesday nights, criminal law and courtroom litigation were always his dream. After graduating from Bishops College in St. John’s, Greg went to Memorial University, where he graduated with joint honours in Political Science and German, and was awarded the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Prize in Academic Scholarship, the Prize of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Political Science. Greg then went on to law school at the University of New Brunswick in 2008, where he won course awards in constitutional law, civil procedure and evidence.
Greg started with Mills, Pittman and Twyne as a summer student in 2010. After graduating from the University of New Brunswick law school in 2011, he worked for a year at the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, as clerk to the Chief Justice of New Brunswick, the Honourable J. Ernest Drapeau. At the end of his term with the New Brunswick Court, he returned to Clarenville to practice with our firm, and has been a full-time associate since 2012.
Greg’s primary practice areas are criminal, family, wills and estates, real estate and property law. He has appeared in every Court level in the province, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and several provincial tribunals. He is an avid writer on legal issues and his work has been published in the New Brunswick Solicitor’s Journal, the University of New Brunswick Law Journal and the Dalhousie Law Journal.
Greg was appointed by the provincial government to serve as the Chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Financial Services Appeal Board, which hears appeals on disciplinary matters from regulated industries. Greg also serves on the Law Society’s Disciplinary Committee and Law Library Committee, and is the current Vice President of the Newfoundland Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Since 2018, Greg has been a course instructor with the Bar Admission Course on the topic of construction liens.
- LL.B., University of New Brunswick
- B.A. (Hons.), Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Certificate of Criminology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Eastern Newfoundland Regional Appeals Board (Urban and Rural Planning Act & Municipalities Act)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission
- Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Review Division
- Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Small Claims Division
- Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, General Division
- Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, Family Division
- Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal
- Federal Court of Canada
- C. Corazza & G. French, “Expert Witnesses”, New Brunswick Solicitors Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 1 (Spring 2013).
- G. French, “Property Interests in Resettled Communities”, (2015) 66 U.N.B.L.J. 210.
- G. French, “The Doctrine of Lost Modern Grant and Prescriptive Easements in Newfoundland and Labrador”, (2016) 39:2 Dal. L.J. 585.
- G. French, “Private Property Interests in Shoreline Land in Newfoundland & Labrador”, (2018) 69 U.N.B.L.J. 382.
- G. French, “The Abolition of Adverse Possession of Crown Lands in Newfoundland and Labrador”, (2020) 71 U.N.B.L.J. 227
- G. French, “Reforming the Law of Adverse Possession: Proposed Changes to the Lands Act”, Canadian Bar Association – NL Branch, May 2021.
- Harbour Authorities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador: Legal Remedies for Harbour Authorities (October 2019)
- Clarenville Chamber of Commerce: Legal Issues for Small Businesses (November 2019)
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Small Craft Harbours, Educational Seminars for Management of Harbour Authorities (November-December 2020)
- Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors: Surveying Shoreline Land Claims (May 2021).