Ryan Cutcliffe




Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions



Ryan feels fortunate to have been born and raised in what is now known as the Halifax Regional Municipality. After graduating with honours from Dalhousie University, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Schulich School of Law. He articled with Kennedy Schofield Lutz (KSL) Lawyers and was then called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2021. He finished law school with the aspiration to serve Nova Scotians and sought a firm and community outside of downtown Halifax, but still near the city, to lay down roots. He is dedicated to being a consummate professional, so he was drawn to Kennedy Schofield Lutz Lawyers’ philosophy that encourages lawyers to find a niche and build expertise in specific areas of law.

In law school, Ryan volunteered with the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service and studied at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic. Serving students and Nova Scotians in these capacities left him with the appreciation that when someone retains a legal professional, they do so because the stakes are high and they require diligent service and well-thought-out advice. Ryan remains mindful of the gravity of his client’s legal situations and this motivates him to obtain the results sought by his clients. Another highlight of his time at Schulich was placing third in the national 2020 Davies Corporate/Securities Moot held annually in Toronto. The national mooting experience further engrained the importance of teamwork and stepping up to the plate in high pressure situations.

Ryan concentrates his practice in wills & estates, real estate, and corporate/commercial. He finds fulfillment in estate planning because he enjoys helping clients plan for the future and avoid unnecessary conflict. Ryan is committed to clients when they are buying or selling homes, as he appreciates real property is often the single biggest investment a Nova Scotian family will make. He strives to ensure his clients feel supported and comfortable throughout the process. Finally, by providing legal services to the area’s businesses, Ryan is proud to be a small part of the fabric that makes Nova Scotia such a great and prosperous place to live.

When away from the office, Ryan enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, sports, and being in the natural beauty our province.