Mel Hunt (Deceased)
Originally from Toronto, Mel Hunt lived in many parts of Canada and Europe during the years he was a member of the Canadian Forces. While in the services he was selected to be sent to law school after obtaining an Honours degree in Philosophy. Mel graduated from the University of British Columbia Law School in 1977. He articled to the now Mr. Justice D. Owen-Flood, and began to serve as a military lawyer in 1978.
He left the military for private practice in 1987 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and joined this firm as associate counsel in 1999.
Mel practiced in the criminal courts, as Courts Martial, and in the Federal Courts, as well as the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal on a wide variety of legal issues including family and personal injury law. He was qualified as an expert witness in the British Columbia Supreme Court on military law and military personal matters.
He was frequently consulted by other lawyers throughout Canada, and retained by current and former members of the Canadian Forces in relation to military grievances, summary trials, human rights and pension matters.
Mel believed his broad experience in life prior to becoming a lawyer as a construction labourer, heavy equipment operator, truck driver, boxer, fire-fighter, administrator and military member starting as a private provided him with considerable insight into the problems he dealt with on behalf of his clients.
Mel retired from Dinning Hunter Jackson Law as of March 1, 2015. He passed away on November 17, 2015.