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Chris Rootham is a partner with Nelligan O'Brien Payne, and practices in the Labour Law and Employment Law groups. He advises employees and trade unions in issues related to labour, constitutional law, administration, privacy, and personal information.

Chris currently co-teaches the Employment Law course at the University of Ottawa. He has also taught written advocacy to moot court students, participated in the Dean’s Research and Writing Fellows Program, and taught Labour Law at Queen’s University.

After Chris clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal, he completed a Masters of Labour Law degree at the London School of Economics.

Chris is the author of Labour and Employment Law in the Federal Public Service. This resource explains the complex laws and regulations governing the federal public service in Canada.

Recently, Chris was recognized by his peers in the legal community for his work in labour and employment law and listed in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Chris enjoys the puzzle of the law, piecing together and solving a problem using legal knowledge and mechanisms. He can often be found poring over law reports, and he is dedicated to remaining up-to-date with legal trends. Chris is committed to his clients, and always strives to be responsive and accessible to them.

Outside of the office, Chris likes to be involved in sports. He has curled for almost ten years, and is currently convener for the RA Centre for their mixed curling league. Chris also jogs and regularly plays Ultimate Frisbee.

Contact & Links
  • 50 O'Connor Street, Suite 300
    Ottawa, ON K1P 6L2
  • English
  • London School of Economics (LSE) Law Department, LL.M. (Labour Law), graduated 2001
  • Queen’s University, LL.B. , graduated 1999
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL) - Member
  • Canadian Bar Association - Member

Nelligan Law LLP
Headquarters: Ottawa, Ontario

13 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Labour and Employment Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Labour and Employment Law, Ottawa, Canada (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:
  • Labour and Employment Law


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