Chris Rootham is a partner with Nelligan Law, and practises in the Labour Law and Employment Law groups.

He advises employees and trade unions in issues related to labour, constitutional law, administration, privacy, and personal information.

Chris currently co-teaches the Employment Law course at the University of Ottawa. He has also taught written advocacy to moot court students, participated in the Dean’s Research and Writing Fellows Program, and taught Labour Law at Queen’s University.

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After Chris clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal, he completed a Masters of Labour Law degree at the London School of Economics.

Chris is the author of Labour and Employment Law in the Federal Public Service. This resource explains the complex laws and regulations governing the federal public service in Canada.

Recently, Chris was recognized by his peers in the legal community for his work in labour and employment law and listed in the 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Chris enjoys the puzzle of the law, piecing together and solving a problem using legal knowledge and mechanisms. He can often be found poring over law reports, and he is dedicated to remaining up-to-date with legal trends. Chris is committed to his clients, and always strives to be responsive and accessible to them.

Outside of the office, Chris likes to be involved in sports. He has curled for almost ten years, and is currently convener for the RA Centre for their mixed curling league. Chris also jogs and regularly plays Ultimate Frisbee.

Christopher has been recognized in the 2019-2021 editions of Best Lawyers


  • >Call to Ontario Bar (2002)
  • >LL.M. (Labour Law) London School of Economics (2001)
  • >LL.B. Queen's University (1999)

Professional Activities and Organizations

  • >Canadian Bar Association
  • >Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL)