What my clients say

I would first like to say on behalf of my wife and I that although the topic of wills and such is not high on the morning coffee chat, your professionalism and 'the way' you discuss and explain the aspects and importance of a will should be commended. We 'will' definitely recommend many of our other non-will friends to contact you.



David Stout is a partner at Nelligan Law and for over forty years he has provided legal services to companies and organizations of every size.

From start-up businesses to large international companies, David’s extensive experience includes incorporations, corporate re-organizations, and mergers and acquisitions. He has also acted as general corporate counsel for federal, provincial, and international organizations, including national and provincial not-for-profits. David regularly provides advice to clients on all aspects of corporate, business, and ancillary issues, including strategic planning, strategic alliances, and long-range policy issues that may affect business. His practice also includes wealth management and succession planning, bankruptcy and insolvency, IP Licensing and Enforcement and business issues related to intellectual property.

In 1999 David was retained as lead counsel on behalf of the Office of the Interim Commissioner for the Territory of Nunavut. He negotiated the re-organization of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation and the Workers’ Compensation Board of the Northwest Territories, following the division of the Northwest Territories into two new territories. David continues to practice within Nunavut, providing legal services and business advice to individuals, businesses operating within the Territory of Nunavut, and the Government of Nunavut. He finds the work he does in Nunavut endlessly rewarding, and is proud of what he has achieved there.

David is secretary and corporate counsel to a number of Canadian businesses, including a manufacturer of computers, network systems and ancillary computer products, and a producer of CD-ROM products. He is also legal counsel for a Canadian multi-employer pension plan.

David takes pride in the fact that he has been working with a number of clients for over forty years. He is trustworthy, knowledgeable, and able to communicate complex ideas in understandable language. He is frequently invited to deliver talks and presentations on various aspects of business law.

David spends most of his time outside of the office with his family. For the last few years most of his time has been devoted to building his house, which is now nearing completion.


  • Call to Nunavut Bar (2001)
  • Call to Ontario Bar (1976)
  • LL.B., University of Ottawa (1974)
  • B.A., Carleton University (1971)
Professional Activities and Organizations
  • Bar Admission Course - Instructor
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Lexwork International – Member of the Business Law Group

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