Steve Waller is a partner with Nelligan O’Brien Payne. Since his call to the Bar in 1984, he has been counsel on a wide variety of labour and employment matters for unions and employees. Steve’s work for unions includes advice and representation before labour tribunals, the Ontario and Federal Courts, and a number of other regulatory tribunals.
Steve has developed an extensive practice for unions in the private sector, the federal public service, and on Parliament Hill. He has been lead counsel on several major cases arising from the restructuring of employers and its impact on the bargaining rights of their employees. He has also assisted unions in analysing and securing change to proposed legislation.
Steve has particular expertise in labour and regulatory issues affecting unions and employees in national transportation businesses, such as airlines and railways, as well as in the construction industry. He also has experience in administrative law and judicial reviews.
Steve is a frequent lecturer at seminars for unions and other lawyers. Most recently Steve was selected to be included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada for labour and employment law. Steve is also a union member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 180.
Steve is driven by a sense of justice, and likes to see the tangible difference he can make to people’s lives. He enjoys the intellectual challenge of argument and of developing strategies. Steve’s strength is his ability to take a complicated case, synthesise the details, and then create an understandable story, supported by law. He also strives to maintain a sense of humour.
Music is Steve’s main passion outside of work. He has been playing drums from a young age, and is presently part of the Nelligan band as well as other groups performing around Ottawa. He loves to travel, sometimes to the Caribbean or Europe, but most often to undiscovered areas in North America. When not practicing law or playing music, Steve enjoys spending time with his family.