Rebecca Akong is an associate lawyer in our Litigation and Personal Injury groups.
Rebecca completed her law degree at the University of Manitoba, Robson Hall Faculty of Law. There, she competed in moot competitions and received the award for highest standing in Gender and the Law and the John S.J. Tory Writing Award for her work examining the concepts of anti-oppression, intersectionality and trauma-informed theory in the context of administrative law. She was also a Student Supervisor of the University of Manitoba Community Law Centre, where she gained significant advocacy experience in her many appearances before the Provincial Court of Manitoba.
Prior to joining Nelligan Law, Rebecca articled with the Department of Justice and the Public Prosecution of Canada before transitioning to private practice at a boutique litigation firm in Ottawa following her call to the bar. Her experience lies primarily in personal injury matters and litigation around false arrest, malicious prosecution, and excess force. She has appeared before the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and both the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and its Small Claims division.
Rebecca is an actress and trained opera singer of many years, having obtained her first undergraduate degree in Classical Music Performance at l’Universite de Montreal. Given her artistic background, she remains cognisant of the human elements underlying complex legal issues. This and her native bilingualism (French and English) are integral to her equitable, inclusive, and client-centred approach to the law.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys cooking, oenology, weightlifting and learning new languages.