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Quartet of new partners for Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP

Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 12:34 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Ottawa-based Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP has named four new partners across a number of practice areas.

The new partners are: Frances Shapiro Munn, David Contant, Karine Dion and Erin Lepine.

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(l-r) Frances Shapiro Munn, David Contant, Karine Dion and Erin Lepine, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP

Shapiro Munn handles all types of personal injury matters, including medical malpractice claims, sexual assaults, prisoners’ claims, slip-and-fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents. She also takes on insurance companies with accident benefits claims as clients. Shapiro Munn has appeared before small claims court of Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court, and administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FCCO).
Contant is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in civil litigation. He practises commercial, employment law and personal injury litigation. He also has experience in construction law. He previously worked at a regional law firm in Mississauga and a litigation boutique in northern Ontario. Contant has appeared before various courts and tribunals in Ontario, including the FCCO, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is co-director of research at the firm. 

Dion is a labour and employment specialist. Bilingual in English and French, Dion works on behalf of employers, employers and unions. She previously practised insurance defence at a large Canadian firm. Dion is also the blog editor/lead for the firm’s employment law blog and has the responsibility of updating the employment law group on new precedential cases and upcoming changes to legislation.

Lepine is a member of the family law and wills and estates groups, but she also has a niche practice in the area of fertility law where she creates legal agreements involving issues like intended parents, surrogate mothers, egg donors and sperm donors. She also assists clients formalize their parentage through the Ontario courts. Before being called to the bar, she clerked for the judges of the northeast and northwest regions of the Superior Court of Justice, and she did an internship with the Library of Parliament, providing legal research and analysis to parliamentarians.