Natika Hearn is currently a practicing lawyer in Labrador West and a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. She joined Miller & Hearn as an articling student in 2013. She was called to the Bar in February of 2015, where she joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Hearn graduated from Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Science in 2011, with a major in biology and minor in psychology. She then attended the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2014. Ms. Hearn practices in a variety of legal areas such as family law, civil litigation, corporate law, criminal law, personal injury, real estate, wills and estates. She enjoys many extracurricular community activities such as cross-country skiing, rowing and playing soccer.
Natika Hearn, Barrister and Solicitor
Charmaine Critch, Legal Assistant, Commissioner of Oaths
Debbie Bailey, Real Estate/Legal Assistant, Commissioner of Oaths
Denise McCann, Bookkeeper, Commissioner of Oaths
Mikhaela Hearn, Building Maintenance
Miller & Hearn was the first resident law firm in all of Labrador. The general practice firm was originally founded by Arthur Miller, Q.C. on January 15, 1970. Mr. Miller completed his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Laws degrees at Dalhousie University in Halifax, graduating from Law in 1967. Mr. Miller, a member of the Queen’s Council, served on various boards and committees during his time at the firm. He was a Bencher’s member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; he served on the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce for many years, and was president in 1979 and 1980. He was also a member of the Labrador West Mental Health Association Board and the Labrador West Cancer Society. Mr. Miller retired on October 1, 1998, and currently resides in Nova Scotia.
Edward Hearn, Q.C. joined the firm in May of 1974; this is when the firm adopted its current name. In 1970, Mr. Hearn completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Memorial University in St. John’s. He then completed his Bachelor of Laws at Dalhousie University, and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1974. Mr. Hearn is a past President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, serving his term in 2005-2006.
During his career, Mr. Hearn represented the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the city of St. John’s and the Labour Relations Board in a number of cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Notable of these appearances was the 1984 Upper Churchill Water Rights Reversion Act case. He also made frequent appearances before the Public Utilities Board representing Labrador City and other towns in Labrador. He championed the use of section 92A of the Canadian Constitution as a means to bring additional revenue from Churchill Falls to the Province. He also chaired the current 2041 group that was formed in 2011 in opposition to the current Muskrat Falls Project.
Mr. Hearn was an expert in constitutional, administrative, aboriginal, and labour law. He was a Master of the Supreme Court, Queen’s Council, and long-time member of the NL Hydro Board where he was appointed by both Peckford and Wells representing both Conservative and Liberal governments in the Province. He passed away on July 24, 2015. Natika Hearn, J.D. is his youngest daughter.