Alison McEwen is an associate lawyer with Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, and a member of our Labour Law and Employment Law practice groups.

Alison represents employees in all types of workplaces issues, including human rights and pay equity cases. She works closely with unions on labour practice matters, such as individual grievances, policy grievances and collective bargaining. Alison represents clients at mediation, arbitration, and in front of tribunals, and she has appeared before a number of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

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In addition to her labour and employment law practice, she has also worked with Inuit survivors of the Indian residential school system, to have their school added to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.

During law school at the University of British Columbia, Alison was a clinician and then later a clinic head at the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, which offers legal service to low income clients. She was also coordinator of the Pro Bono Students Canada program at UBC.

Prior to being called to the Ontario bar, Alison spent a year as a judicial law clerk with the judges of the East Region of the Superior Court of Justice. She completed her articles at Nelligan O’Brien Payne.

Alison entered into the practice of law to help clients who don’t have a great deal of bargaining power and whose rights may have been violated. She assists them in reaching a resolution to their issue, and obtaining compensation where appropriate. What Alison finds most rewarding about her role is working with her clients to determine their ultimate goal, and the best way to achieve it.

In her spare time, Alison has returned to her first love of show jumping, and spends as much time riding and competing as she can. She also enjoys relaxing at her cottage in the Ottawa Valley.


  • >Call to the Nunavut Bar (2015)
  • >Call to Ontario Bar (2012)
  • >J.D., University of British Columbia (2010)
  • >B.A. with distinction, double major Political Science and Psychology, University of Calgary (2007)

Professional Activities and Organizations

  • >The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • >Canadian Bar Association
  • >Ontario Bar Association
  • >County of Carleton Law Association