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Maya
Fernandez

Maya Fernandez is an associate lawyer at Nelligan Law, and a member of our Employment and Labour practice groups.

Maya’s practice includes advising unions, employees, and employers on labour and employment, administrative, constitutional, and human rights law. Maya recognizes that the legal system is complex and can feel overwhelming at times. She works hard to explain each step of the process to her clients, and to ensure that they understand their options. Maya was drawn to labour and employment law because she deeply believes that everyone should be treated fairly and with respect in their work. She understands that challenges in the workplace can affect life outside of work, which is why she brings compassion and empathy to her practice.

Maya grew up on one of the Gulf Islands in British Columbia. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph as a Loran Scholar. She received the Foundation Canada Scholarship to complete her master’s degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics. Maya completed her law degree at the University of Ottawa. During law school she was a mentor with the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program, and co-president of the OUTLaw club.

Before working in law, Maya spent three years working in various policy roles for the Government of the Northwest Territories, in Yellowknife.

Outside of work, Maya volunteers as a tutor at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and serves as a board member with the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  In her free time, Maya is happiest outside. She can be found enjoying paddling and camping in the summer, and skiing in the winter. She also loves to provide book and restaurant recommendations.

 

Education
  • Call to the Ontario Bar (2021)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Ottawa (cum laude) (2020)
  • MSc Human Rights, London School of Economics (2014)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph (2012)
Professional Activities and Organizations
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association

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