Business Law

Our business law services include corporate organization, agreements, commercial transactions, franchising, privatization, liability issues, planning, development matters, transactional financing and many others that may be required by small businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Commercial Litigation

Our Commercial Litigation group assists clients with all manner of business conflicts and commercial disputes including commercial contracts, leasing disputes, franchising disputes, product liability, shareholder and partnership disputes, securities litigation, defamation, building deficiency, insolvency, debt collection and many others across Ontario and Canada.

Employment Law

Our employment lawyers assist clients in private and public sectors with wrongful dismissal, severance packages, constructive dismissal, contracts, human rights and discrimination, class and group actions, health and safety, harassment, employment standards, policies, retirement compensation, security clearance, taxation, workers' compensation and many others throughout Ontario and Canada.

Family Law

Our family law group addresses all family law issues including separation, divorce, cohabitation agreement, common law, adoption, child support, same-sex marriage, custody agreements, spousal support and many others to help make the legal process as painless as possible.

Indigenous Law

Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP's Indigenous Law group services include implementation of land claims agreements, taxation issues, land use and habitat issues, revenue sharing, resource development negotiations, construction contracts, employment matters, residential school claims and many others that may be required by First Nations and Inuit Organizations.

Personal Injury

Our personal injury group offers free consultations to obtain settlements for the injured due to car, motorcycle, bicycle, snowmobile, boating, aircraft, diving, swimming pool or skiing accidents, slip and fall, food poisoning, assault, medical malpractice, injury by defective product and the negligence of others and many more.

Insurance Law

Our Insurance Defence lawyers handle matters for clients including personal injury and fatality, general liability, fire loss, arson, environmental claims, life and disability claims, fraudulent claims, product liability and professional liability for lawyers, dentists, architects, engineers, accountants, agents and brokers throughout Ontario.

Intellectual Property Law

Our intellectual property lawyers and patent and trademark agents assist with a wide range of services including applications, transfer agreements, franchise contracts, negotiating agreements, procurement of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, trade secrets, IP infringement, unfair competition, dispute resolutions, drafting and obtaining IP rights and many others to clients worldwide.

Labour Law

Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP provides advice on all aspects of organizing workers, bargaining rights, collective agreements, labour relations legislation, representing members before professional tribunals, human rights, harassment rights, union administration, workers compensation and many others in the private sector and public service.


If you are an individual or organization that requires assistance in resolving an issue, you have come to the right place. We know that your time is valuable and that you want to resolve your issue as quickly as possible. Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP's mediation services are provided by Peter Cronyn, an experienced lawyer and mediator with our firm.

Real Estate and Development

Our real estate and development lawyers assist landlords and tenants in retail, industrial and multi-tenant buildings with transactions, acquisition, financing, development, conversion and sale of real estate interests in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

Wills and Estates

Our Wills and Estates group provides comprehensive advice with Wills, Powers of Attorney, guardianship matters, trusts and asset protection planning, charitable giving, recreational properties, estate administration, disputes, bequests, estate tax, passing of accounts and many more.

Arts and Entertainment Law

Protecting your creativity so you can succeed in the Arts and Entertainment Industry Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP’s Arts and Entertainment Law Practice Group comprises of skilled negotiators, drafters and litigators equipped to assist you in dealing with record labels, publicists, artists, theatre companies and movie directors. Our client base ranges from independent artists to publicists... Read more »

Municipal Law

Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP’s Municipal Law practice group has extensive experience in all aspects of municipal law, local government, and land use planning and development. Services provided to municipalities and local governments include: Amalgamation, annexation, and restructuring advice Municipal by-law interpretation, drafting, and litigation Municipal law opinions Preparation of municipal resolutions, staff reports, and other documentation Licensing... Read more »

Not-for-profit and Charity Law

Providing Proactive and Practical Legal Advice and Guidance to the Not-for-profit and Charity Sector Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP provides a full range of legal and consulting services in the area of not-for-profit and charity law, both in Canada and internationally, as well as to the directors and members of not-for-profit and charitable organizations, individuals, corporations... Read more »


Representing our clients in court actions Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is acknowledged as a leading litigation firm in Ottawa, a reputation that is echoed across Ontario and Canada. Our litigation lawyers handle the full range of legal matters and provide support to all practice groups. Our lawyers appear regularly before all levels of trial and... Read more »