About

Westaway Law Group focuses on providing a wide range of services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as partners working with Indigenous interests in Canada. Our primary service areas include all aspects of the following:
  • Litigation

  • Negotiation

  • Economic Development

  • Strategic Advice

Our lawyers represent clients from across Canada, including Canada’s North. Our firm is conveniently headquartered in the ByWard Market in Ottawa.

Our Firm

Cynthia Westaway heads the firm of Westaway Law Group in Ottawa. Cynthia is proud to lead this excellent team of professionals in a national Indigenous Law practice.

 

Cynthia is designated a Certified Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Cynthia has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law in the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directories.  Her current practice focuses on representation of First Nation, Métis and Non-Status and Inuit clients in consultation, rights, Title and Treaty, governance and business development matters, as well as natural resource and energy law as they intersect with Aboriginal lands, interests and economic development. Cynthia is proud to have represented her clients before the provincial/territorial courts, as well as the Federal and Supreme Court of Canada.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation: including all aspects of dispute resolution involving Indigenous entities. Our firm also acts as Agents for First Nation, Inuit, Métis and other SCC litigants and Intervenors appearing before the Supreme Court .
  • Negotiation: including all aspects of negotiation between Indigenous entities, government and industry entities.
  • Economic Development: including any legal advice provided to assist Indigenous entities with the development (and protection) of business opportunities. We also provide advice – in certain circumstances – to industry and government on effective economic development with Indigenous entities.
  • Strategic Advice: including band management, re-organization, and development of bylaws, government or individually led processes, etc.

Our Team

Our staff are carefully recruited and mentored for a firm culture specifically created to best serve our clients’ needs. We focus on personal integrity, pragmatic solutions, and an environment of collegiality and collaboration.

Ottawa

Cynthia Westaway
Cynthia Westaway
Director/Counsel
Darryl Korell
Darryl Korell
Counsel
Nicole Wong Tomchuk
Nicole Wong Tomchuk
Counsel
Melodi Alopaeus
Melodi Alopaeus
Counsel
Daniel Veilleux
Daniel Veilleux
Legal Counsel
John Edmond
John Edmond
Consultant
Geneviève Boulay
Geneviève Boulay
Student-at-Law
Dawn Misner
Dawn Misner
Executive Assistant/Finance Clerk
Heather Webster
Heather Webster
Legal Assistant/Law Clerk

Whitehorse

Matthew Mehaffey
Matthew Mehaffey
Consultant
Leslie de Meulles
Leslie de Meulles
Counsel

Careers

Westaway Law Group is a team-based Canadian practice (directed from our office in Ottawa) that relies heavily on building the expertise and experience of junior lawyers.

We are constantly looking for interested articling students and young associates to join the firm. Our primary client base is comprised of First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals, bands and companies. This important work requires cultural awareness, strong knowledge in the substantive area, and a combination of excellent research and interpersonal skills.

Accepted students receive a competitive salary and ten days’ leave. For those asked to stay on with the firm, associates receive an attractive compensation and benefits package, an opportunity for mentoring and for further training and education.

To apply for an articling position or to apply as an associate of the firm, please contact:

Heather Webster
E-Mail: heather@westawaylaw.ca
Telephone: 613-722-9091 ext. 302

Contact

Suite 230, 55 Murray Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5M3

Tel: 613-722-9091
Fax: 613-722-9097

For more information please
contact:
dawn@westawaylaw.ca

 

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