John Nelligan is a founding partner of Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP. Called to the Ontario Bar, with honours, in 1949, he was named Queen's Counsel in 1972, was awarded The Law Society Medal in 1991, The Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy in 1994, The Advocates' Society Medal in 1995, and the County of Carleton Law Association Medal in 2002. He was selected as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012-2015 and was included in the 2013 to 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He was also selected as the Legal Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year in the 2013 and 2016 editions, and 2012 Ottawa Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year.
John is an advocate. He has extensive experience in insurance litigation, both in professional negligence actions and otherwise. He has acted for a number of insurers, including the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company, General Accident, Simcoe Erie Group, Standard Life, Encon, and Mutual Life. John also has extensive experience in labour and employment law, in both the private and public sectors, and in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation.
John has held many positions in professional organizations, including the Chairmanship of a number of committees or task forces, and membership on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. He served as Director, Vice-President and President of the Advocates' Society. He is a Past President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Thomas More Guild of Ottawa and John Howard Society of Ottawa. John has served on the boards and advisory committees of a number of social agencies. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
John was a member of the Faculty of Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop each summer for over 12 years, and has participated as a lecturer and demonstrator in trial advocacy on a regular basis in seminars sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, County of Carleton Law Association, and University of Ottawa Law School.