Home to our renowned regulatory and administrative law practices

Stikeman Elliott’s Ottawa office is focused on federal law and federally regulated industries. For more than 30 years, our lawyers have advised and represented a wide range of clients in their dealings with the Canadian government and numerous federal regulatory bodies. We are proud to be the firm clients come to when it counts the most.

This proximity to Parliament has allowed our lawyers to develop expertise in the workings of the federal government. Accordingly, these skills and this depth of experience are recognized by leading publications and third-party legal industry surveys.

A complete range of services related to regulatory matters

Lawyers in the Ottawa office advise leading Canadian and foreign corporations on all aspects of public policy as it affects their businesses. We apply our knowledge and expertise to craft clear, bespoke solutions grounded in clients’ business needs in such areas as:

  • Intellectual property
  • Competition and foreign investment
  • Food and drug regulatory
  • Government procurement
  • Public policy
  • International trade

Members of the Ottawa office are regularly engaged by clients operating in federally regulated sectors such as telecommunications, broadcasting, transportation, energy, food, drugs, and medical devices.

Our litigation practice is also weighted to regulatory matters, with a particular focus on intellectual property and public law litigation. Stikeman Elliott litigators appear regularly before administrative agencies and tribunals, and in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Lawyers in our Ottawa office also represent clients before tribunals such as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Competition Tribunal, Copyright Board, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.

A significant focus on advising foreign clients

As a globally recognized leader in Canadian law, Stikeman Elliott handles a significant share of the country’s high-profile transactions. Members of the Ottawa office work closely with colleagues across the firm to advise an international clientele on the regulatory implications of transactions as well as negotiate favourable resolutions to Canadian licensing and other investment-approval issues.

Engaged community citizens

Stikeman Elliott firmly believes that individual passion drives collective success, and that we exist to serve our clients and communities.

A sense of volunteerism is a core element of the firm’s culture, and Ottawa-based lawyers and staff are active participants in the local community. Pro bono legal efforts have helped connect our office with the broader community, and we are keenly involved in such projects as The Ottawa Rotary Home, a respite home for severely disabled children and young adults, as well as organizations and charities such as The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, National Arts Centre and Ottawa Art Gallery.