Pam MacEachern is a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne and leader of the firm’s Family Law Practice Group. Her areas of expertise include family law, civil litigation, estate planning and human rights law.
In family law, Pam has many years of experience in crafting equitable solutions to the legal problems that can result from a family separation. She provides practical advice about available legal options, including alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation. She works with clients to identify and achieve their goals. Pam provides other legal services, such as the preparation of marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements.
Her experience also includes resolving family-related legal issues which arise in the estate context, such as guardianship applications, claims by “second families”, and support claims by dependants of the deceased. She has been involved with constitutional challenges to legislation affecting the devolution of estates, including Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act and the Family Law Act.
As an advocate, Pam has appeared in a number of leading cases in family and constitutional law, including appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and Canadian Human Rights Tribunals. Pam has most recently been recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers.
Pam is motivated by her belief that it is possible to change the world, even in small ways. What she is most proud of is her is work on relationship recognition, where she has been involved in a number of landmark cases concerning common-law and same-sex couples.
Pam is also involved with a number of community groups, speaks and writes frequently on topics related to estates and family law. She has written a significant number of publications and participated in many presentations related to same-sex issues and marriage, and equality.
When not in the office Pam can usually be found outdoors, skiing, canoeing, camping, or hiking.