John Nelligan Q.C., LSM, D.U. (Hon.)

John P. Nelligan Q.C. has been practicing law for over sixty years. At 92, Mr. Nelligan remains an active lawyer who continues to manage cases and analyze current legislation. Called “Ottawa’s Perry Mason,” John Nelligan Q.C. is a distinguished member of the national capital region’s professional community. Known for his humility, John is celebrated for his wily courtroom presence and exceptional negotiation skills. As Allan O’Brien, a managing partner of Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, puts it, “Even in the most acrimonious cases, John’s civility remains at the forefront.” Read more about this award-winning advocate here.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Denis Power Q.C.

In 1963, Mr. Justice Power Q.C. joined Mr. Nelligan’s law office as an articling student, and in 1969, the Nelligan Power partnership was established. For more than 35 years, Mr. Justice Power Q.C. practised primarily in the areas of professional negligence law, labour law, commercial and insolvency litigation, and education law. In October 2000, Denis Power Q.C. was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. According to the rules established by the Law Society, when a “firm name” partner accepts an appointment to become a judge, the firm is required to change its name. Effective immediately, the firm’s name was changed to Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. Allan O’Brien and Janice Payne are long-time partners of the firm and continue to practise at the firm today. Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation, Mr. Justice Power Q.C. is a former Director and Officer of the Advocates’ Society. Read more about this distinguished judge here.