Nelligan O’Brien Payne is thrilled to welcome our 2019-2020 articling students.

Kris Ade

Kris Ade comes to the practice of law after nearly 15 years of experience in challenging and diverse work environments. Parliament Hill and City Hall in Ottawa, commercial kitchens in Toronto and Winnipeg, and classrooms in Winnipeg and around the world.

During his time in law school, Kris competed in and was named top advocate and top team at the Nelligan O’Brien Payne First-Year Moot Competition. He was selected for both the Legal Writing Academy’s Writing Leadership Program and the Dean’s Research and Writing Fellowship. And, he was employed by the University as a Public and Constitutional Law teaching assistant.


  • J.D., University of Ottawa (Cum Laude) (2019)
  • Diploma, Culinary Arts, Red River College (Gold Medal) (2014)
  • B.A., University of Winnipeg (2004)

Adrienne Fanjoy

Adrienne Fanjoy recently completed the J.D. program at Queen’s University.

Before attending law school, Adrienne earned a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English Literature. She spent her summers working at a boutique personal injury firm in Kingston. It was there that she first experienced the difference that a dedicated legal team can make to someone going through a difficult period of their life.

During her time at Queen’s Law, she received the Professor H.R.S. Ryan Scholarship, awarded to the student with the highest standing in Evidence Law. She also worked as a caseworker at the Queen’s Family Law Clinic, participated in competitive mooting, and volunteered in the Kingston community. Her volunteer work was recognized in 2019, when she received the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award for her work with marginalized youth.

Outside of the office, Adrienne enjoys reading murder mysteries, spending time with friends and family, and searching for the best Thai food in Ottawa.


  • J.D., Queen’s University (Cum Laude) (2019)
  • B.A. with Distinction in English Literature, Queen’s University,  (2004)

Melanie Sutton

Melanie is excited to be completing her articles at Nelligan O’Brien Payne, LLP. She is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law section. Prior to law school, Melanie developed her analysis and problem-solving skills while completing an Honors Specialization in Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity at the University of Western Ontario.

During law school, Melanie competed as a member of the Walsh Family Law Moot team, representing the University of Ottawa at a competition in Toronto. She was also a founding member of Family Law in Practice, a student organization with a goal of connecting students with family law practitioners in the community.

In her spare time, Melanie enjoys reading books from a variety of genres, trying out new recipes, and spending quality time with friends and family.


  • J.D., University of Ottawa (Cum Laude), 2019
  • B.M.Sc., University of Western Ontario, 2015

Grace Tran

Grace is an articling student at Nelligan O’Brien Payne, returning after summering at the firm in 2018.

Grace completed her J.D. at the University of Ottawa.

During law school, Grace competitively mooted. Last year Grace competed in the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration moot, the third-largest international moot in the world. Grace won the “Best Advocate” award for earning the highest individual score out of over 350 advocates. Grace beat out advocates from renown schools including Harvard, Sorbonne, and King’s College London.

Grace also completed several internships throughout her law school career. She interned with Department of Justice, a boutique immigration and business law firm, and the War Crimes Research Office in Washington D.C.

Grace considers her greatest strengths to be active listening followed by active advocating.

Grace is fluent in English and Vietnamese. She is conversational in French.

Grace is passionate about giving back and regularly volunteers in her community through her church. In her spare time, you can find Grace playing volleyball, the piano, or with a nearby dog.


  • J.D., University of Ottawa (Cum Laude), 2019
  • B.Soc.Sc in Communications and Sociology, University of Ottawa, 2016