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"Based on my own past experience with your firm, I always held the highest regards and respect for Nelligan Law."

Alaina
Woolfrey

Alaina offers direction in the areas of divorce and separation, child and spousal support, property division, and co-habitation or marriage contracts.

Alaina is committed to ensuring that her clients are equipped with the legal knowledge required to make informed decisions as she feels that empowering clients is an important part of her role as an advocate.

Prior to her call to the Ontario Bar, Alaina clerked as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court under the Honorable Justice Favel in the areas of Immigration and Aboriginal law. She also assisted the Honorable Chief Justice Crampton in the area of Competition Law as well as the Honorable Madam Justice Pollatta on immigration matters.

During law school Alaina worked with the Family Legal Information Centre at the Ottawa Courthouse and  with Legal Aid where she was focused on offering and arranging legal information sessions with indigenous communities so that clients know their rights. In her first year of law school Alaina was chosen as an Indigenous student intern with the Debwewin Summer program offered through the Ministry of the Attorney General and the University of Ottawa, Faculty of law. When Alaina was not studying she served on the Indigenous Law Student Association, volunteered in the community, and competed and then coached in the Walsh Family Law Moot competition where her team came in second place two years in a row against teams from across Canada.

Alaina appreciates how scary and vulnerable a time it is in people lives when their relationships are breaking down, especially when children are involved because she herself has been there. Alaina practices family law knowing that she will never forget what it feels like to be a client and the range of emotions and unsureness felt during that time. She prides herself in her compassion towards her client’s circumstances and her ability to thrive in stressful and changing situations to get the best result for her clients.

When not working, Alaina can be found at the hockey rink watching her son, a self-proclaimed future NHLer, and acting as his team’s manager. She also remains passionate about skating after skating for 14 years as a child and teenager, as well as spending time at the stables with her paint gelding, Shaye, and playing the flute.  Family and friends are an important part of Alaina’s life and whenever possible she is putting to use her previous time at the Culinary Institute of Canada for them. Alaina is a proud Newfoundlander and returns home once a year with her son where they love fishing and visiting family.

 

Education
  • Call to the Ontario Bar (2021)
  • Juris Doctor University of Ottawa (2020)
  • BA (Honours with Distinction) Double Major in Law and psychology, Carleton University (2017)
  • BSC (Honours with Distinction) Neuroscience with a concentration in mental health and neurological diseases, Carleton University (2015)
  • Culinary Institute of Canada, Prince Edward Island (2001)
  • Studies in BSC Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University (1999-2002)
Professional Activities and Organizations
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Indigenous Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

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