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Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP – Ottawa Law Firm


Learning the law is one thing, what you do with that knowledge is another. The real challenge for a lawyer is how well they can serve as their client’s champion.

A champion takes a broader, humane view. They elevate their client above their own self-interest. It’s the difference between providing a checklist of services and applying some strategic imagination to craft solutions.

Don’t expect us to say you can trust us. That’s something we have to prove.
At Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, our team has the experience and perspective to guide you, safely, from the beaten path. We take the burden of worry off your shoulders and provide options you may not have considered, for your personal affairs, your business and your professional life.

We pride ourselves on defying the stereotype of the stuffy suit. Our lawyers and staff take their work seriously, but not themselves. Only driven individuals who care about their community and their profession make the cut for this team. We value ethics and humility over arrogance or a sense of entitlement.

You won’t find sharks here. It’s just not our style. But we aren’t afraid to take them on. In fact, we thrive on tackling challenging cases and squaring off with formidable opponents.

Don’t expect us to say you can trust us. That’s something we have to prove. We’ll start by having a frank discussion about your needs, your expectations and how we can help.

So, what can Nelligan O’Brien Payne do for you?

Our head office is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Contact us by email at, by phone at 613-238-8080 or toll-free at 888-565-9912 (Canada).

If you’re looking for professional accolades, we have those, too

Nelligan O’Brien Payne received the Top Listed Award from The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017 edition, in Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Labour and Employment Law and Legal Malpractice Law.

Nelligan O’Brien Payne is also Peer-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, in recognition of the firm’s high ethical standards and legal expertise. This rating is regarded as the gold standard when it comes to ranking lawyers and law firms around the world.

Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is an accredited business with an A+ rating with the Ottawa Better Business Bureau (BBB)

The right size law firm with the right lawyers

Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is not your average law firm. Ottawa lawyers John Nelligan and Denis Power who founded the firm, formerly Nelligan Power, in 1963, are considered amongst the top lawyers in Canada. Since then, we’ve grown our firm from our original two founding partners to a team of over 50 lawyers and over 80 business and support staff available to provide services to you in both official languages in a variety of areas of law. We retain our talent by hosting an excellent articling program, supporting a positive and collaborative work environment, and by offering rewarding careers to our talented lawyers and staff.

As a mid-size law firm based in Ottawa, we’re the right size to deliver focused, individualized expertise, while offering a broad range of value-added legal and advisory services. Whether you are an individual or large national organization in Canada, we will provide you with exceptional legal advice and guidance at competitive pricing.

How can we help you find a lawyer?

Find a lawyer or consultant by name or contact us by email at, or by phone at 613-238-8080 or toll-free at 888-565-9912 (Canada) for assistance.

Innovative legal services and consulting services

Your success is important to us. Our lawyers provide innovative, customer-focused solutions to a diverse client base in Ottawa, Ontario, and across Canada, and our law firm is adding innovative new services every year. We will advise you about your legal options, and communicate with you promptly, regularly and openly.

Our lawyers provide legal services in many areas of law including, Business Law, Condominium Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Insurance Defence, Intellectual Property Law, Labour Law, Municipal Law, Not-for-profit Law, Personal Injury Law, Real Estate and Development Law, and Wills and Estates Law. We practice Indigenous Law and have a long history of providing legal services to clients in Nunavut. Our lawyers also provide Litigation and Commercial Litigation services for clients.

Our innovative consulting and dispute resolution services include Mediation Services, Union Consulting, and Workers’ Compensation Consulting.

How can we help you find the service you need?

Find the service you need or contact us by email at, or by phone at 613-238-8080 or toll-free at 888-565-9912 (Canada) for assistance.

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