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.

Denis Power Q.C. was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the fourth of ten children. The Power family moved to Ottawa in September of 1950, at which point Denis attended Corpus Christie School for one year. Following that, he attended St. Patrick’s High School at St. Patrick’s College, from which he graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Commerce. He then attended law school at the University of Ottawa and graduated in 1963 with an LL.B.

After completion of his articles and the Bar Admission Course, Denis Power Q.C. was called, with honours, to the Ontario Bar in the spring of 1965. He then began practising law with John P. Nelligan Q.C, who was at that time a sole practitioner. The partnership of Nelligan Power was created in 1969. Denis received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 1980.

Over the course of his legal career, Denis has been involved in many areas of law. His specialities, however, are litigation, labour law, and education law.

As a result of Denis’ involvement with education issues, he also possesses a speciality in the area of education law including denominational education rights.

Denis served for several years as a Trustee and Executive member (including the office of the President) of the local Bar Association – the Carleton County Law Association. In addition, he also served for several years as a director and officer of the Ontario Advocates’ Society. Denis is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College of Trial Lawyers is the premiere litigation lawyers’ association in North America.

Denis has written and lectured extensively on various legal matters and, in particular, on behalf of the Carleton County Law Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association.

In November 2000, Denis Power Q.C. was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ontario.